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Bookies declare GWS rank outsiders against winless Suns

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Michael Cowley

Lacklustre ... Israel Folau of the Giants.

Lacklustre ... Israel Folau of the Giants. Photo: Getty Images

Forget about Carlton versus Collingwood, or Geelong against Hawthorn. Forget about the Anzac Day battles of the Pies and Dons, the Derbies or Showdowns. The biggest AFL clash of the season takes place in two weeks' time when the competitions newest siblings, the Gold Coast Suns and the GWS Giants will meet in their first premiership clash.

And with much anticipated interest in the clash of the newbies, TAB Sportsbet today decided to open betting on the match, more than week ahead of schedule, and despite both teams still having to play twice before they meet one another.

The Suns, despite losing to the Giants in the pre-season NAB Cup competition, and with skipper Gary Ablett jnr no certainty to play following a knee injury last weekend, have still been installed as favourites, something which had never previously happened in their brief life in the AFL.

The Suns are hot favourites despite the likliehood they will be without star signing Gary Ablett.

The Suns are hot favourites despite the likliehood they will be without star signing Gary Ablett. Photo: Getty Images

For the match, to be played at Canberra's Manuka Oval on May 12, the Gold Coast have been installed at $1.25, with the Giants opening at $4, by far their shortest quote since they entered the competition this season. The Giants were quoted $14 against the Swans in the season opener, then $19 against North Melbourne in round two, before TAB Sportsbet decided against offering head-to-head betting on their rounds three and four clashes West Coast and Adelaide because it was felt the result was a foregone conclusion.

The Giants have gone up at $11 for their match against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday and will be longer odds when they play Carlton next week, while the Suns are $17 for their clash with North Melbourne, and will again be roughies when they meet Fremantle in round six.

Until now the shortest price the Suns have been quoted at was $3.15 when they met - and lost to - Brisbane in round 21 last year. And the good sign for the Giants is that the loss to the Lions was one of three times the Suns have been quoted at $3.30 or shorter, and on each occasion, they have been beaten.

Forget about Carlton versus Collingwood, or Geelong against Hawthorn. Forget about the Anzac Day battles of the Pies and Dons, the Derbies or Showdowns. The biggest AFL clash of the season takes place in two weeks' time when the competitions newest siblings, the Gold Coast Suns and the GWS Giants will meet in their first premiership clash.

And with much anticipated interest in the clash of the newbies, TAB Sportsbet today decided to open betting on the match, more than week ahead of schedule, and despite both teams still having to play twice before they meet one another.

The Suns, despite losing to the Giants in the pre-season NAB Cup competition, and with skipper Gary Ablett jnr no certainty to play following a knee injury last weekend, have still been installed as favourites, something which had never previously happened in their brief life in the AFL.

For the match, to be played at Canberra's Manuka Oval on May 12, the Gold Coast have been installed at $1.25, with the Giants opening at $4, by far their shortest quote since they entered the competition this season. The Giants were quoted $14 against the Swans in the season opener, then $19 against North Melbourne in round two, before TAB Sportsbet decided against offering head-to-head betting on their rounds three and four clashes West Coast and Adelaide because it was felt the result was a foregone conclusion.

The Giants have gone up at $11 for their match against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday and will be longer odds when they play Carlton next week, while the Suns are $17 for their clash with North Melbourne, and will again be roughies when they meet Fremantle in round six.

Until now the shortest price the Suns have been quoted at was $3.15 when they met - and lost to - Brisbane in round 21 last year. And the good sign for the Giants is that the loss to the Lions was one of three times the Suns have been quoted at $3.30 or shorter, and on each occasion, they have been beaten.

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