Thu, Sep 27, 4:52am by beta
The biggest day on the football calendar is almost here. The West Coast Eagles and Collingwood Magpies are set to battle it out for the ultimate prize in Australian sport on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. That means it is probably time to check out the AFL Grand Final 2018 betting odds for this showdown.
Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood outfit have proven all the experts wrong this year. They are set to go in as favourites after finishing way down in 13th position on the ladder in 2017.
The bookmakers currently have the Magpies as a $1.68 favourite, according to Australian Gambling, while the Eagles are out at $2.25. In contrast, the form line and the money coming in for the Eagles suggests it should be a much tighter contest than that.
Online bookmaker Sportsbet reported on Thursday morning that over 70% of all individual bets that they have taken have been for the boys from the West. This also includes a $20,000 wager for them to lift the cup at their current quote.
That punter is poised for a big payday should the West Australian club salute. However, it is nothing compared to what he or she would have earned if they had snapped up the $51 that was on offer way back in April. Meanwhile, their opponents this weekend were as long as $81 in the same month. This was after Collingwood lost their opening two games of the season.
So, why the support for the Eagles? Well, they’ve beaten the Magpies on two occasions this year, including just three weeks ago in the Qualifying Final. The Eagles saluted by 16 points in probably the best match of this Finals series so far.
On that occasion, it was Eagles’ forwards Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy who proved too powerful for the Pies. They had two goals each and dragging down 11 marks between them.
If this match was going to be played in the West, then there is almost no doubt that the Adam Simpson-coached lineup would be heading into this one as favourites. But as we all know, the decider is at the MCG until 2057, so they must produce the goods some 2,700 kilometres east.
Recent history suggests that they’ll have some trouble doing that. In fact, the last five Grand Finals that have been played between Victorian and non-Victorian opposition has been won by the locals.
It’s no secret how these two sides have ended up on the biggest stage. They rank as the top two in contested possessions this final series. Above all, whoever comes out on top in this area on Saturday, will lift the trophy.
There are a long list of prop betting options for punters to sink their teeth into. This includes the Norm Smith Medal market. This is awarded to the player judged best on ground.
As runner-up in the Brownlow Medal on Monday night, it is no surprise to see Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom as the best-backed player in this market, at $8. As a result, Sidebottom is just ahead of his teammate, Brodie Grundy ($10).
The shortest-priced Eagles player is Elliott Yeo ($10). He joins Grundy on the second line of AFL Grand Final 2018 betting. Magpies’ pair Scott Pendlebury and Adam Treloar are both at the $11 mark.
A win for the black and white army will see them lift the cup for a 16th time. This would equal the record of their arch-rivals and fellow Victorian powerhouses, Carlton and Essendon. For the Eagles, who only entered the league in 1987, this would be their fourth flag. This is quite an achievement given the AFL’s modern-day equalisation structures.
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