Rugby League Four Nations Odds
The third Rugby League Four Nations tournament begins today, with the year’s hosts being England and Wales. The four nations participating this year are Australia, New Zealand, England and Wales.
The Four Nations tournament will spread over four weeks in the months of October and November 2011. Three rounds will make up the preliminary stage of the tournament where each team will face off against each other. After a total of six matches, the two leading teams will compete in the finals. Join Sky Bet to bet on the four nations and get 10 quid free by clicking here.
Four Nations Betting odds at Sky Bet
The betting odds for Round One matches have been released by Sky Bet. The winning odds for Australia stand at 1/9 while the odds favouring a New Zealand victory stand at 5/1. The betting odds for a draw stand at 25/1. The odds for the England v Wales game on October 29 are also out, with Sky Bet setting odds in favour of England at 1/100 and Wales at 16/1. The betting odds for a draw stand at 33/1.
The betting odds for the overall tournament winner favour Australia at 4/11. The odds for a New Zealand victory stand at 3/1 while England’s chances are set at 7/1. Newcomer Wales stands a slim chance of clinching the trophy with Sky Bet setting the winning odds for the side at 100/1.
What are the Teams’ Chances This Year?
Winning four out of the six tri-nation tournaments, Australia is still a favourite and is widely predicted to be crowned as the tournament winner. Despite a slew of injured players like Glenn Stewart, Justin Hodges and Petero Civoniceva, experts reckon that the Australian side is still a very strong one.
Reigning champions New Zealand are also strong contenders for the trophy, and the Australian side’s biggest threat. Host England is being viewed as a formidable opponent too, despite not winning a major tournament of late. Wales being a newcomer is not very likely to proceed to the finals and face off against the tougher teams.
The Original Tri-Nations
Starting in 2009, the Rugby League was initially a three-nation tournament with England, Australia and New Zealand participating each year. In addition to these three teams, France and Papua New Guinea have also been tournament participants previously. Since the tri-nation series in 1999, Australia has won the most number of tournaments with New Zealand and England closing in as runners up. The fourth participant is usually decided by the winner of the European Cup or the Pacific Cup. This year, Wales is the new addition and also doubles up as host.
About Four Nations 2011
Round one consists of two matches between Australia and New Zealand on October 28 and between England and Wales on October 29. The second round consists of two matches on November 5 between Wales and New Zealand, while England takes on Australia. Round three will be held on November 12 between England and New Zealand and on November 13 between Wales and Australia. The emerging victors will then face off on November 19. Several pre-tournament matches with additional teams from France and Ireland have already begun from October 16.
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