2011 NAB Cup Betting – Friday 11th February 2011

by Noah Taylor Last Updated

If anyone thinks that betting in the NAB Cup is anything like betting in the regular AFL premiership betting then they are dreaming.

With the host of rule changes and testing, also comes the regular theatre of resting star players, playing players out of position and of course, just not trying to win.

They are after all only trials, and only used for match fitness.

To emphasize that fact the NAB Cup is a being all of its own it should be noted that only four times in the last 21 years has the team that won the pre-season cup gone on and won the flag in the same year. Hawthorn did it in 1991, Essendon in 1993 and 2000; and Geelong won both in 2009.

And lets not forget that Carlton have won two of the past six pres-season cups and then went on to end the year in 16th and 15th position on the table.

This year the NAB Cup has been expanded to 18 teams, with Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney both playing in the pre-season fixtures.

That has necessitated six pools of three sides, with Adelaide, Melbourne and Port Adelaide comprising Pool One. The play each other at AAMI Stadium tonight, with the other five pools being played around the country, with the last pool games on the 20th February.

And this year they will play two 20-minute halves, to make sure the three games all get finished in one night event. That in itself will have coaches resting and playing players at different stages and in some games and not others.

Iasbet have a market posted for the NAB Cup winner and will be betting head to head on all matches. They have Collingwood favourite at $4.00 with GWS the rank outsiders at $1001.00.

Iasbet NAB Cup Betting Market

  • Collingwood 4.00
  • Geelong 7.00
  • Fremantle 9.00
  • St Kilda 10.00
  • Sydney 12.00
  • Essendon 13.00
  • Adelaide 14.00
  • Carlton 15.00
  • Western Bulldogs 15.00
  • Melbourne 16.00
  • North Melbourne 21.00
  • Hawthorn 21.00
  • West Coast 26.00
  • Richmond 41.00
  • Port Adelaide 51.00
  • Gold Coast 81.00
  • Brisbane 81.00
  • Greater Western Sydney 1001.00

2011 NAB Cup Betting Best Bets

With Collingwood so short and a long season ahead of them, I don’t think Mick Malthouse will be silly enough to throw everything he has at his disposal to win a Cup whose relevance is questionable. Carlton have traditionally played very well in the pre-season games and at $15 and $16 are attractive propositions. In fact Carlton would nearly be good things to get through their pool against Collingwood and Richmond.

The Gold Coast at $81 is way over the odds and with the players at their disposal, they should be much shorter but have to get past Sydney which is likely to come down to how much effort Sydney make to win their pool, but with ego and fans on the line with competition from GWS, Sydney might just put the foot down. Sydney are at $12.00 at Iasbet.

Melbourne have traditionally played well in pre-season games and at $16, they are real chances of getting past the Adelaide teams and progress from their pool.

With so many rule changes and so may variables we are going to spread our money around and back a few at odds.

2011 NAB Cup Tips: Sydney at $12.00, Carlton at $15.00, Melbourne at $16.00

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