The main league in Australian Football has just started, but bookmakers are already placing the best bets on the next champion. The Grand Final is on September 28 and our 2019 AFL betting preview indicates that Geelong is the likely winner. They are having an outstanding start of the season.
Australian Rules Football is one of the most popular sports in the country. It has a long tradition in Australia and many other nations play it at an amateur level. In its birthplace, the sport’s popularity is, surprisingly, still growing every year. In fact, this year’s final in March between Adelaide Crows and Carlton was attended by 53,034 fans. It is enjoying an unlikely success that most women’s sports don’t.
Furthermore, as the sport shares similarities with Gaelic Football, there has been some exchange of players through the years. Mainly from the Irish side. Athletes start playing in the AFL, because, unlike the Gaelic sport, it is professional competition. This attracts them due to the financial potentialities of the sport. Naturally, and as online sportsbook news sites in Australia report, this has raised some concerns by the GAA. So since 2006 that the number of Gaelic drafts is limited and the Irish sport keeps its quality, delivering r incredible exhibitions in their All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
In this way, and despite its decades-long of existence, Australian Football’s popularity is growing all around the world, and this expansion is reaching the United States as well. Mason Cox started his sports career in basketball and now is a star in Collingwood Football Club. In fact, he is one of the reasons why the Magpies are the favorites at 888sport. Still, our betting predictions are pointing to a different direction.
The Cats are leading the home-and-away series
One of the oldest teams in the world, the Geelong Football Club soon started to show its quality in the AFL’s predecessor leagues.
Last year they didn’t go further than the elimination finals, losing against Melbourne. But with players like Charlie Constable, whose performance in his last and first appearances already earned him a Rising Star nomination, the Cats seem to be on the good way to do better this season and reach the AFL Grand Final.
Even though there have only been two games yet, Geelong is leading the ladder. And besides beating Melbourne already, they also defeated one of their biggest rivals: Collingwood.
This way, Geelong (7.50) seems to be on a good way to win the AFL premiership.
The Eagles are strong candidates according to our 2019 AFL betting preview
The West Coast Eagles are the defending champions of the AFL Premiership. They are also the second most successful team in the AFL era, which started in 1990. This helped them become the most popular team among fans. Which, consequently made them a very powerful club in the league in terms of finance.
The Eagles reached the semifinals in 2017 and last year they were 2nd in the minor premiership. They were eventually able to prove superiority in the playoffs, and now they are definitely looking forward to winning both.
And despite the injury of Willie Riolie and Liam Duggan, coach Adam Simpson is eager to test the young talent in the team, such as Bailey Williams and Jarrod Brander. And they have already earned praised from the Eagles’ hero Will Schofield.
If the team finds the right balance, they can easily become invincible. Along these lines, the West Coast Eagles odds of winning the Premiership again are 7.50 at 888sport.
The Tigers’ recent misfortunes don’t mean it’s over for the team
Since Damien Hardwick starting coaching in 2017, the Richmond Football Club has been dominating the league. In his first year, the Tigers won the AFL premiership, after 37 years. This made him one of the only few men to ever with the AFL premiership for three clubs as a player and as a coach.
Last year, the team kept the good performances and, despite losing the preliminary finals against Collingwood, the Tigers won the minor premiership – the first since 1982.
Unfortunately, Hardwick has a difficult task now, as Alex Rance and Jack Riewoldt are injured. But this shouldn’t be a case for alarm as both teams of last year’s Grand Final also had to deal with similar adversities. During the season, they both lost key players.