NRL Grand Final, 2012 - It is only fitting that the two best teams this season Canterbury and Melbourne get to battle it out on Sunday evening for the ultimate club prize. Currently the bookmakers have Melbourne installed as slight favourites with Live NRL Grand Final Odds showing the Storm trading between $1.77 up to $1.82 in the head to head market while Canterbury's odds range between $2.02 up to $2.12. The line handicap is consistent amongst the bookies with Canterbury +1.5 Melbourne -1.5 and the early over under total line is set at O/U36.5 points.
The Bulldogs and the Storm have met twice this season sharing one win apiece. The first meeting was in round 7 when Melbourne prevailed (12-6) as $1.33 (-9.5pt) home favourites. Canterbury got their revenge in round 16 with a 16 point win (20-4) as $2.25 (+2.5pt) home underdogs. Both teams average points per game for and against are equally impressive with the Bulldogs averaging 23.69 points in attack and conceding 14.88 for a differential of +8.81 while the Storm have averaged 24.73 and allowed 14.58 for a differential of +10.15.
This Grand Final promises so much! We have the two bets teams who are coached by two of the best coaches going head to head for the premiership. Canterbury have barely put a foot wrong all season yet find themselves as slight underdogs. Due know doubt to the Storms excellent finals form and their experienced star trio of Slater, Cronk and Smith, not to overlook the contributions of Gareth Widdop who plays an integral part of the Storm unit. The Storm have certainly been clinical in their finals appearances however one point to remember is that these have all been on home soil, if Melbourne are to be beaten it is more likely to be on the road.
Half Time Full Time Double: There are literally hundreds of exotic betting options available for the Grand Final with everything from when the first try will be scored, will there be a 40/20?, player scoring matchups and more. Taking a look at the popular Half Time/Full Time Double bet we see that odds for Canterbury/Canterbury range between $2.85 up to $3.05, Canterbury/ Melbourne are between $6.50 up to $7.50 while for Melbourne/Canterbury the odds are between $7.00 up to $8.00, Melbourne/Melbourne $2.52 up to $2.75 and any other result is as high as $8.50.
The prediction - Our handicapping numbers here at BetonFooty.com.au lean slightly toward the Bulldogs. The current odds don't quite offer enough value to warrant a play however if their odds drift out much further we will pull the trigger. If the odds do warrant a play we will update this article with the details. We have had another profitable NRL betting season and now that both the NRL and AFL seasons are coming to a close this weekend our attention will turn to NFL betting and our sister site TheFootballLines.com, if you don't mind a punt on American Footy then why not drop by and pay us a visit!