Mon, May 21, 12:03pm by Staff Writer
The Premiership race is well and truly on after West Coast crushed competition favourites Richmond by 47 points in Round 9 of the 2018 AFL season.
The Eagles off of winning the Premiership have dropped every week this season and they are now equal second favourites to win the Grand Final at $6.25 from $10 last week.
The Tigers remain flag favourites, but have drifted 50 cents to $4.25 this week.
West Coast used an explosive first quarter to set up their victory in a match they dominated in the second half.
Forward Jack Darling is having a superb season as he kicked six goals with the Eagles amassing their biggest total of the season so far, booting 20 goals.
The Brisbane Lions got their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon with a surprising 56 points with against Hawthorn.
Brisbane has been improved in recent weeks and have endured a couple of narrow losses in recent weeks. It finally all clicked for the Lions who are now off the bottom of the ladder.
The Lions are not in the Premiership reckoning by any stretch, but are $4 to have the least wins behind Carlton who are the favourites for the wooden spoon at $1.57.
It was a disappointing loss for the Hawks, their second in a row which puts them outside the top eight on percentage. They have also drifted $5 in the Premiership market from $16 to $21 this week.
Their top eight credentials have taken the biggest hit this week, out from $1.42 to $1.95 on the back off last round’s loss.
Carlton suffered a 100-point drubbing at the hands of Melbourne on Sunday, with the Demons winning their fourth match in a row.
They are also movers in the Premiership market, from $18 to $12 this week. Their odds to make the finals have been hammered into $1.27 after the Demons were out of the mix early in the season.
Essendon put together their best performance of the season in a 34-point win against Geelong on Saturday afternoon.
The final margin flatters the Cats who were poor for the first three quarters. The Bombers are still a huge $12 to make the top eight, in from $26 last week.
The Cats don’t look to be threatening for the flag at the moment, out from $7 to $11 this week and are struggling to kick a meaningful score this season.
The AFL’s second visit to Shanghai provided to be beneficial to Port Adelaide once again as they recorded a 40-point win in tough slog at Jiangwan Stadium.
Rain played havoc during the match, particularly in the first half, but the Power’s class ensured back-to-back wins for Port. They are $10 to win the flag and $2.35 to make the top four after consecutive wins.
Gold Coast continue to occupy a spot in the bottom four, but do have three wins on the board this season.
Collingwood are just outside the top eight after a 28-point win on Saturday night against St Kilda.
The Saints once again couldn’t sustain a four-quarter effort against the Pies after a close contest in the first half. Collingwood are in from $1.75 to $1.57 to play finals this season and with their next four matches against the Western Bulldogs, Fremantle, Melbourne and Carlton, the Pies will be looking to win all four of those games on current form.
St Kilda have only one win this season and sit in 16th position on the ladder and are no chance of playing finals on current form.
Sydney continued Fremantle’s poor run of form on the road, beating the Dockers by 59 points at the SCG on Saturday night.
The final quarter of this match featured 11 goals, with the Dockers finally able to hit the scoreboard after being restricted to two goals to three quarter time.
The Swans remain a Premiership fancy at $6.50. Sydney are $1.80 to make the top four in a congested top eight. The Dockers wish every game were played at Optus Stadium as they have been miserable on the road. They are $151 to win the Grand Final.
North Melbourne continued their surprising season with a 43-point win against GWS in Hobart.
The Kangaroos have a superb record in Tasmania and that continued on Saturday as they used the conditions to their advantage. North are $2.10 to play finals, in from $3 last week.
This season has gone from bad to worse for GWS who were Premiership favourites earlier this season. The Giants are now $2.65 to play finals and $21 to win the Grand Final. They have been poor all season and sit in 11th position on the ladder.
Friday night football was a tough and rugged contest with Adelaide pulling away in the second half to win by 37-points.
The first half was a torrid affair with the Dogs kicking only one goal and two for the match, their lowest goal tally in over 20 years.
Adelaide is $7.50 to win the flag and $2.10 to make the top four. The Dogs recent winning run has come to an end and they remain outsiders to play finals priced at $13 to make the top eight.
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