Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au might as well put up a Sharks v Storm Grand Final market now judging by the way the two sides have been supported in their Preliminary Finals.
50% more money has been wagered on Cronulla as $2.10 outsiders against North Queensland, who remain the $1.77 favourites. Over the past 24 hours, the ratio of money has been in the Sharks’ favour 4:1 including bets of $6,000 and $5,000.
There’s also four times as many dollars on the Sharks in handicap betting, where they’re receiving 2.0 points start.
Melbourne are also popular with Sportsbet punters – 40% more money has been invested on the minor premiers, who are the $1.43 favourites against Canberra ($2.95).
Interestingly though, Raiders 1-12 ($4.25) is the most popular winning margin, suggesting anyone who fancies Canberra to win the game only believes they can win in a tight one.
“Preliminary Finals are supposed to be difficult to pick but punters are convinced we’ll be seeing the Storm taking on the Sharks in next week’s decider,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
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