Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has installed Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce as favourites to retain their respective positions in the New South Wales State of Origin side for 2013.
Carney has been opened as the $1.10 favourite to be the Blues five-eighth and Pearce at $1.20 to be halfback for Game 1 next year.
James Maloney is next in the five-eighth market at $5.50 with Jarryd Hayne ($11), Jamie Soward ($17), Josh Reynolds ($26) and Curtis Sironen ($101) all outside chances.
Peter Wallace looks to be the biggest threat to Pearce, opened at $4.00 with Jarrod Mullen ($13) and Adam Reynolds ($51) the outsiders for the number 7 jersey.
“There’s been some talk that Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce are on borrowed time but the market is saying they’ll get the nod again,” sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Hawes said.
Sportsbet.com.au has opened a market on how many players from the Blues Game 3 side in 2012 will be there for Game 1 in 2013 with both under and over 14.5 players priced at $1.88.
Queensland are also the $1.65 favourites to win the 2013 series with the Blues at $2.25.
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NSW five-eighth Game 1 in 2013
$1.10 Todd Carney
$5.50 James Maloney
$11 Jarryd Hayne
$17 Jamie Soward
$26 Josh Reynolds
$101 Curtis Sironen
NSW halfback Game 1 in 2013
$1.20 Mitchell Pearce
$4.00 Peter Wallace
$13 Jarrod Mullen
$51 Adam Reynolds
How many New South Wales players from Game 3 in 2012 will be used in Game 1 in 2013?
$1.88 Under 14½
$1.88 Over 14½
2013 State of Origin series winner
$2.25 New South Wales