THERE’S only one more game for NRL punters to bet on this year, but that happens to be the 2017 Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys this Sunday.
The Melbourne Storm have been the best team in the competition from the word go and are expected to win Sunday’s final at ANZ Stadium, but the Cowboys are riding some significant momentum and could give the Storm a run for their money.
There are some great value head-to-head and points spread betting markets to bet on, but we look at the best exotic betting options for the Storm vs. Cowboys Grand Final in the hopes of finding added value for punters.
Punters can double their winnings with Sportsbet’s great NRL Grand Final promotion this week.
Winning margin betting tips
The winning margin betting option is popular with rugby league punters and it gives them an opportunity to bet on multiple options to make a profit.
Storm vs. Cowboys winning margin market:
Storm 1-12 ($2.75)
Storm 13+ ($2.15)
Cowboys 1-12 ($4.90)
Cowboys 13+ $13
We’re confident that this game won’t be a blow out, despite what bookmakers are suggesting. The bookies believe the Storm has a better chance of winning by 13 points or more than any other result, but the Cowboys deserve more respect than that.
They don’t have Johnathan Thurston, but that hasn’t stopped them from beating the Sharks, Eels and Roosters throughout this finals series.
We believe the Cowboys can cause the upset, but the winning margin market allows us some insurance. Punters can back the Cowboys 1-12 at $4.90 with CrownBet.com.au and cover their bases by backing the Storm 1-12 at $2.75.
If either team wins by less than 13 points then punters will come out happy.
Man of the Match exotic tips
CrownBet.com.au is offering many Man of the Match exotic betting options, but there are two that catch our eye.
The Clive Churchill Medal will likely be a hot race with many contenders, but the Kiwi contingent has a strong chance of taking home the prize.
If a New Zealand player wins the Medal, CrownBet will pay $4.75 and there’s one player who will be at the forefront of many punters’ selections.
Jason Taumalolo was robbed at the Dally M Awards when Paul Gallen defeated him for Lock of the Year, but Taumalolo could get the last laugh on Grand Final night.
He’s not the only Kiwi player that is in contention – the likes of Tohu Harris, Jesse Bromwich and Te Maire Martin are all strong contenders for the prize and the odds are appealing.
The second Man of the Match exotic we like is the ‘Does Clive Churchill Medal winner score a try?’ which is being offered at CrownBet.
The leading contenders for the Clive Churchill Medal all hail from the Storm and two of the three players are more than capable of crossing the white line.
Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk are worth try-scoring options this Sunday and with a strong performance, both players could hang the medal around their neck come the end of the night.
The ‘yes’ option pays $4.75 with CrownBet.com.au and that’s good value considering the ‘no’ option is paying $1.17.
Win try combo betting tips
When betting the win try combo market, punters need to select a try scorer and correctly pick which team will win the final.
We like the Cowboys to win so we have featured two of their best try-scoring options, but we have also included some Storm options for punters predicting a Melbourne victory.
Kyle Feldt to score and the Cowboys to win pays $6.50 with Sportsbet.com.au and that’s our best value option. Feldt scored the winning try in 2015 against the Broncos and he could recreate history by doing the same again this Sunday.
He’s a streaky player that can catch the high ball. That makes him a threat across the park and he’s worth taking a chance on.
Our other pick for the Cowboys is Coen Hess at $7. Hess has been slightly disappointing since playing State of Origin for Queensland, but what better way to prove yourself than scoring a try on the big stage?
Hess is a powerful forward that can crash the line, but he’s also got good enough footwork to confuse the defense. $7 at Sportsbet.com.au is worth backing for some interest.
The Storm player we’re featuring is Tohu Harris and a Melbourne win. Harris has scored three times already this season from limited games and we’re confident that if he’s going well enough to score, the Storm will likely do the same.
The Harris/Storm combo is currently paying $5 at Sportsbet which is good value.
1st half head-to-head
The key to the Cowboys success will be getting out to an early lead and letting their defense shine.
Sportsbet is being generous by offering the Cowboys at $3.14 to be leading the Melbourne Storm at halftime and given the history of the finals series this season, that looks like great value in our eyes.
The Cowboys won’t be scoring 10-12 points in the first half, but they are capable of leading 6-0 or 8-0 and holding onto that lead for a long time. They were 8-0 up against the Roosters just before half time last Saturday and a similar result could be on the cards.
The early payout option means you will have your money in your account straight after the half is finished.
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