Mon, Jul 30, 11:44am by Staff Writer
Richmond has firmed as the team-to-beat in 2018 after a 28-point win against Collingwood on Saturday.
In front of over 88,000 fans, the Tigers used a five goal to one final quarter to pull away from the Pies and cement their spot atop the AFL ladder.
Richmond are $2.50 to win the Premiership at Sportsbet and are yet to be defeated at the MCG this season.
The Pies remain in the hunt for a top four berth and are in third position on the ladder. They are $9 to win the flag and $1.80 to finish the season inside the top four.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants have been the biggest movers in the Premiership market, shortening to $8 and second favourites for the flag.
In the first half of the season, the Giants were playing terribly, but have hit their straps at the right time of the season.
Seven wins from their last eight matches has GWS are a $1.90 chance to finish the season in the top four after drifting to $41 in the Premiership market two months ago.
Their 25-point win against St Kilda was assured at three-quarter time and the side has performed tremendously without star Jeremy Cameron.
The Bombers kept their finals chances alive with a strong second half to thump the Swans by 43 points at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
Essendon are $67 to win the flag, while the Swans have slipped to $26.
Sydney are now outside the top eight for the first time this season after a wretched run of form, which included a loss to the Gold Coast Suns a fortnight ago.
Sydney’s run home is a challenging one, featuring matches against Collingwood, Melbourne, GWS and Hawthorn.
The Swans are now $2.10 outsiders to make the eight, after being a flag favourite all season.
Melbourne effectively ended Adelaide’s pursuit of another finals campaign with a 13-point win at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
The Dees weren’t going to be overrun as they were against Geelong last weekend and put together a dominant seven goal to one third quarter to set up their victory.
The win moves Melbourne to sixth on the ladder, tied with four teams on 44 points.
They are $11 to win the flag and $1.10 to play finals.
Adelaide are a huge $12 to make the top eight and are two games behind the pack in 12th spot.
Geelong remains inside the top eight after a 42-point win against Brisbane in Geelong.
The Cats held sway for the majority of the match, despite only leading by 13 points at half-time.
Geelong is $12 to win the flag and $3 to finish the season in the top four. Their final two games of the season, both at GMHBA Stadium are against Fremantle and Gold Coast.
These could provide an opportunity for some important percentage as they push for the top four.
North Melbourne continued its dominant record in Hobart with a comprehensive 40-point win against the West Coast Eagles on Sunday.
The Eagles were without Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey and struggled.
They are in second spot on the ladder and $8 to win the flag. A home final is crucial to the Eagles chances of success in the latter stages of the competition.
The Roos are in 10th, one game behind the four teams ahead of them locked on 44 points and are $67 to win the flag.
Their run home includes matches against Brisbane, the Dogs, Adelaide and St Kilda. All of those sides are below them on the ladder, which explains their price of $3 to play finals.
Hawthorn produced a 59-point win against Fremantle in Perth on Sunday night to shorten to $1.44 to play finals this season.
Back-to-back wins for the Hawks has them firmly within the eight in seventh position and with a healthy percentage. They are $26 to win the flag.
The Dockers season has run out of steam and with seven wins, they may only manage one more against Carlton in a fortnight’s time at home.
Port Adelaide defeated a flat Western Bulldogs side by 44-points in Ballarat on Sunday to remain in the top four.
After two losses in as many weeks, the Power bounced back with a win, using a seven goal to one second half to hammer the hapless Dogs.
Port are $14 to win the flag and $2.85 to grab a top four berth.
In the upset of the round, Carlton defeated the Gold Coast by 35-points at Metricon Stadium to record only their second win of the season.
The Blues booted seven goals to one in the third term to build a match winning 34-point lead at three-quarter-time.
Carlton remains on the bottom of the ladder, but it was a morale-boosting victory for fans and players alike.
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