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NRL: State of Origin Game 2 Preview

After victory in Game 1, Queensland find themselves just 80 minutes away from getting their hands on the Origin shield once again.

New South Wales will be doing all they can to cause an upset in Brisbane on Wednesday night to take the series into a decider in Sydney on 12th July.

WhatQueensland v New South Wales
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When20:05 (AEST), Wednesday 21st June
How to watchChannel 9
OddsQueensland 1.44, New South Wales 2.80

Queensland out to make the most of home comforts

It’s set to be another fiery atmosphere at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, as Queensland look to continue their strong record over the Blues at the ground.

In matches at Lang Park/Suncorp Stadium since the first meeting back in 1980, Queensland have managed 37 wins, compared to 20 for NSW.

It has certainly been a happy hunting ground in recent years for the Maroons, who have won eight of the last 10 encounters at Suncorp.

The Maroons have been forced into changes ahead of Game 2, with the likes of Tom Gilbert, Jai Arrow and Selwyn Cobbo all out injured.

Head coach Billy Slater has since called Jeremiah Nanai, Moeaki Fotuaika and Xavier Coates into the fold ahead of Wednesday’s clash.

Considering the Maroons’ record at Suncorp, it’s little surprise to see the host as 1.44 favourites to claim the win that would seal the series. 

Blues must go again

After the disappointment of the 26-18 defeat in Adelaide, the Blues will have to dust themselves off and go again in Brisbane.

It’s going to be a big ask for NSW but there are positives they will be able to take forward from Game 1.

When it comes to team news for the visitors, the Blues have been hit by the news Latrell Mitchell will miss Wednesday’s game due to a calf injury.

Nathan Cleary is also ruled out so Parramatta Eels star Mitch Moses will be looking to fill the void at halfback

In more positive news, Penrith Panthers centre Stephen Crichton comes into the starting lineup, while Matt Burton has been given the nod as the 18th man.

NSW are the underdogs going into this encounter and are available at 2.80 to cause an upset in Brisbane.   

Keep an eye on the Line market

Considering it could well be another cagey affair between these two great rivals with so much on the line, the Line market in favour of NSW is worth considering.

The Blues are available at 1.82 to come out on top with a +6.5 handicap.  

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