3 player head-to-heads that will define Super Bowl 50

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The wait for the biggest show on earth is almost over. In 24 hours time, the winner of Super Bowl 50 will be known.

In what is being billed as one the learned elder statesman against the arrogant young pretender, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos’ battle with the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton will be key.

However, it isn’t the only duel that will shape the result of the game. Here Ladbrokes News detail three vital head-to-head matchups for the encounter, complete with betting angles:

Cam Newton to have more passing yards than Peyton Manning @ 8/11

Newton was crowned the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year before the Super Bowl kicked off. The former number one pick in the draft is a duel threat with his strong passing arm and explosive running game.

Manning has had injury issues during the season and missed six games over the course of the year, but has looked a shadow of his former self when he has taken the field, which has raised questions over his ability to guide Denver to victory.

Jonathan Stewart to have more rushing yards than CJ Anderson @ 8/13

The Panthers are one of the most run-happy sides in football. Newton has excelled in adding another dimension to Carolina’s offense off the run, but it was Stewart who was second in the NFL during the regular season for rush attempts per game.

It says everything about Denver’s struggling offense that their backup running back, Anderson, has outperformed the starter in the post season.

Anderson has 144 yards and a touchdown from 31 carries in the playoffs, compared to just 54 yards and no scores from 27 carries for Ronnie Hillman.

For the simple fact that Stewart will see far more of the ball, back the Panthers man.

Demaryius Thomas to have more receiving yards than Ted Ginn @ 8/15

One area that Denver better the Panthers in is with their wide-receiving corps.

Thomas is the number-one option for Manning when passing the ball, which shows from his 11 games this season with 10 or more targets.

For the Panthers, Ginn is their first option but has only been targeted 10 times or more on three occasions this season.

Ginn has averaged 49.3 receiving yards per game this term, compared to 81.5 for Thomas.

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