State of Origin Tips & Predictions

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State of Origin Betting Tips

The State of Origin is an annual best-of-three series in the Australian Rugby League between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. Considered the pinnacle of rugby league and more important than international games, State of Origin is one of Australia’s premier sporting events with huge television audiences and sold out stadiums.

The rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland is fierce and dates back to the establishment of rugby league in Australia in 1908. State of Origin came to prominence in the 1980s with New South Wales given the nickname "Cockroaches" and Queensland known as the "Cane Toads". Players are selected by the state in which they played their first senior rugby league game. 

Of the 36 series contested, Queensland have won 21 and New South Wales 13 with 2 series tied. In the 108 games played overall, Queensland have won 58 and New South Wales have won 48 with 2 matches being drawn. Matches are played at Lang Park in Brisbane and Stadium Australia in Sydney with occasional matches in Melbourne.

Some of the best rugby league players of all time have confirmed their reputation in the State of Origin, such as Allan Langer, Wally Lewis, Ricky Stuart and Laurie Daley in the early 1990s through to Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer, with currents stars including Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater and Paul Gallen.

Here at FreeTips.com we provide expertly researched State of Origin Tips which include our Tryscorer Tips, Total Tips, Margin Tips and Series Outright Tips.

2020 State of Origin Dates & Schedule


State of Origin will take place across successive weeks after it was shifted to November due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The traditional three-game series fought out between fierce rivals New South Wales and Queensland brings together the best players in NRL, fighting for bragging rights and a place in the history of the game. And 2020 promises to be no different.

New South Wales are the holders of the shield having won the 2019 State of Origin series 2-1, making it back-to-back victories. Can the Blues complete a first hat-trick since 2005? Or will Queensland's Maroons take out the 2020 Origin series?

Game
Date
Match
Venue
Game 1Wednesday, November 4Queensland vs New South WalesAdelaide Oval
Game 2Wednesday, November 11New South Wales vs QueenslandANZ Stadium
Game 3Wednesday, November 18Queensland vs New South WalesSuncorp Stadium

State of Origin Winners & Runners-Up


Queensland dominated State of Origin in the 2000s when winning 11 of the last 12 series with the Melbourne Storm and Australian contingent of Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith leading the way. 

But New South Wales have won the last two Origin series with 2-1 victories in 2018 and 2019 to break the stranglehold of the Maroons.

Season
Winners
Runners-Up
2019New South Wales Queensland
2018New South Wales Queensland
2017QueenslandNew South Wales
2016Queensland
New South Wales
2015Queensland
New South Wales
2014New South WalesQueensland
2013Queensland
New South Wales
2012Queensland
New South Wales
2011Queensland
New South Wales
2010Queensland
New South Wales
2009Queensland
New South Wales
2008Queensland
New South Wales

State of Origin Betting Options


State of Origin games will typically have hundreds of separate markets to choose from for each game. Like most NRL games, head-to-head and margin betting is the most popular, but player markets like first try scorer and man of the match are also a common.

Here are some State of Origin bet types:

Series Winner: As simple as it gets. Do you think the Origin series will be won by New South Wales or Queensland.

Series Correct Score: In this market, you are betting on the final score of the series. Will either side win 2-1 or 3-0? You can increase the odds on the series winner market, by having a go at the correct score.

Head-to-Head: You pick the winner of a each of the three games in the series. You win the head-to-head bet, it’s as simple as that. The longer the odds in a H2H market, the less chance the bookmaker thinks the team has of winning.

Line: Line betting gives punters the opportunity to bet on a game that bookmakers have handicapped to create a more even contest. How does a line bet work? Here’s an example: 

Queensland -6.5 vs. New South Wales +6.5. 

The lines given above mean that bookmakers believe Queensland is 6 points better than New South Wales before the start of the game. So, if you gamble on NSW at +6.5, as long as they don’t lose by 7 points or more, you’ll win the bet.

The odds on a line bet will start at $1.90 or $1.91 for both teams, but can come in if punters bet heavily on either side of the ledger.

Margin: Margin betting provides punters with the opportunity to not only pick a winner, but also the margin of that victory.

First Tryscorer: If punters can select the first player to score a try in a game, there’s some handy odds on offer. With 13 players taking the field for each team, there are 26 opportunities to bet on. It pays to do your homework and see who does the most scoring for each side, especially early in the game, but there are some big odds on offer for the guys who sneak under the radar.

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State of Origin Live Streaming


If you can’t get in front of a TV to watch the State of Origin game, you’ll still be able to watch the game on your smart phone with a number of live streaming options. Check out our live streaming hub for more information.

State of Origin FAQs

What is State of Origin?

State of Origin is a three-match rugby league series played between Queensland and New South Wales annually.

When is the 2020 State of Origin series taking place?

It will be staged across three consecutive weeks in November. The original May, June and July dates were moved due to the coronavirus pandemic halting the NRL season.

Who is the reigning State of Origin champions?

New South Wales won the Origin shield in 2019. It was the second year in a row following victory in 2018 too.

How can I live stream the 2020 State of Origin series?

Check out our live streaming hub to see how you can view the State of Origin series.