The 2019 Dally M Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 2, when the creme de la creme of rugby league will gather to crown the NRL’s player of the year.
James Tedesco is Sportsbet’s $1.25 favourite after a scintillating finish to the season, with Cameron Smith ($5) the only man within cooee of the Sydney Roosters star in the Dally M Medal outright odds.
With the main count looming as a two-horse race – and a predictable one, at that – we might have to dig a little deeper to find the real value in this year’s Dally M betting markets.
Dally M trifecta odds
James Tedesco/Cameron Smith/Cameron Munster – $34 at Sportsbet
While there is daylight between the top two and the rest, there has been plenty of movement from the third line down in the Dally M outright betting.
Cam Munster was once rated a red-hot chance to win the medal, but most online bookmakers now have Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Mitchell Moses ahead of him.
We cannot forget that the Melbourne Storm won 20 out of 24 games in the home-and-away season, meaning there are plenty of votes to go around.
If you are not convinced about the finishing order, you can get the same trio in a boxed trifecta at $13 odds.
Dally M top 10 odds
Clint Gutherson – $3.60 at Bet365
If Mitch Moses is the brains of the Parramatta attack, Gutherson is the heart.
The versatile Eel made the fullback slot his own this year and set a high tempo with his driving runs, sharp passing and passionate leadership.
Moses and Gutherson look sure to be Parra’s top two contenders in the Dally M count, so it is a question of how the votes are distributed among them.
Mitch’s stocks have risen sharply over the past week, but it remains to be seen whether that support is warranted.
Dally M Coach of the Year odds
Des Hasler – $2.75 at Sportsbet
A week ago, Hasler was the bookies’ pick to win the Dally M Coach of the Year gong.
Since then, Storm boss Craig Bellamy has emerged as the $1.67 favourite at Sportsbet.com.au.
While Melbourne were marvellous throughout the season, Hasler worked wonders with an injury-riddled Manly Sea Eagles side and deserves the nod.
There is also a strong case to be made for Raiders gaffer Ricky Stuart, who offers tempting value at $6.
Dally M most team votes odds
Melbourne Storm – $1.12 at Sportsbet
If the Storm do not finish with more votes than any other team, something has gone horribly wrong.
Melbourne won 20 games and finished six points clear in the standings, so there is no denying they were the best team in the home-and-away season.
They also posted league-best numbers for points scored, points conceded, possession, set completion, supports… the list goes on.
The odds are short, but for very good reason.
2019 Dally M Medal outright odds
$1.25 – James Tedesco
$5 – Cameron Smith
$21 – Mitchell Moses, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
$34 – Cameron Munster, Jason Taumalolo
$41 – Payne Haas, Mitchell Pearce
$51 – John Bateman, Damian Cook, Cameron Murray
$81 – Daly Cherry-Evans, Clint Gutherson
$101 – Kalyn Ponga, Cody Walker
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