The 2012 City Origin v Country Origin game is being played in Mudgee, kick off at 3pm Sunday with delayed telecast on Channel Nine from 4pm. This year’s game should attract a good following being the only weekend game. More interest from the public will no doubt lead to more fans having a bet so it should be interesting to keep an eye on the odds movement between the leading bookmakers at our Live NRL Odds page. The latest odds show the Country Origin team are favourites with their head to head odds ranging between $1.50 to $1.57 while you can back City from $2.40 up to $2.65.
In City v Country Line Handicap betting markets we see that the line differs amongst most of the bookmakers. Centrebet are running with Country -6 City +6, Luxbet have -/+ 5 points, Pinnacle Sports have a line of 5.5 points and Sportsbet.com.au have City +4.5 Country -4.5 points.
The City v Country series dates back to 1930 and has seen a total of 84 games played to date. City holds a commanding overall record of 65 wins to Country's 17 with 2 draws. From 1930 to 1986 the selection criteria was based "under residency selection rules" with City winning 51 games and Country 10 with 1 draw. From 1987 to present the selection criteria is based "under origin selection rules" and in games played under this selection method City have won 12 games and Country have won 9 with 1 draw.
For those who also like to have a bet on the winning margin, let's take a look at the best odds currently available. If you fancy City to cause an upset by a margin of 1-12 points you can get odds of $4.00, for City by 13+ points $7.00 and if you think Todd Carney and the Country side will win by 1-12 points you can get them at odds of $3.10 and $3.10 for Country by 13+ while odds for the draw are $26.00.
In the early days of City v Country around 56% of games were won by a margin of 13+ points. Since the introduction of the origin selection rule the average margin of victory is around 9.3% with 76% of wins being between 1-12 points.
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