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Where's the smart money this AFL season?
From Claire Siblot.
At the beginning of every AFL season, punters around
Australia and the rest of the world attempt to predict
the outcome of one of the most competitive competitions
in sport. This is a reason why the AFL is such a popular
sporting event to bet on, and the 2017 season looks
set to be no different. While last year saw only two
changes in the top eight clubs that went on to compete
in the end of season finals, the 2017 campaign may
well be a much more open affair.
Coming off the back of winning their second AFL title,
Western Bulldogs are expected to be up there again
this season, as will last year's minor premiers Sydney
and the likes of Geelong and Adelaide. So, with the
new season edging ever closer, let's have a look at
where punters should be putting their money heading
into a fascinating 2017 AFL campaign.
Greater Western Sydney: With odds
of around 7/2 to take the flag this year is
Greater Western Sydney, and it's no surprise when
you look at this exciting Giants squad. After finishing
fourth in the AFL ladder last year, GSW went on to
reach the preliminary finals before losing to eventual
premiers, Western Bulldogs. Still boasting one of
the youngest squads in the league, only Jacob Hopper
and Rory Lobb have played less than 50 AFL matches,
with a host of players set to reach the 100 appearance
mark at some point in 2017. While there are still
weaknesses in the Giants'defence as we head into the
season, this looks a very strong squad and one capable
of becoming premiers this year.
Verdict: Good Bet
West Coast: The Eagles might have finished
last season strongly on their way to fourth place
in the ladder, it's important to remember just how
inconsistent the team were for the majority of the
year up until that point. The addition of Sam Mitchell
to a midfield that lacked real quality last season
has been a boost to the team, but the loss of Nic
Naitanui to an ACL tear could well be a blow that
significantly holds back the Eagles in 2017. Then,
of course, there is the question as to whether Jack
Darling can recover from his disappointment in last
season's finals, where his
costly mistake resulted in West Coast losing
to the Bulldogs.
Essendon: Last year was never going to be
a successful one for the Bombers following the loss
of almost all their key players and that turned out
to be the case. Now with a string of top stars back
and coming off a lengthy break, the Bombers could
well be one of the surprise packages in 2017. While
there is a strong chance it will take at least a year
before Essendon get back to where they were a few
seasons ago, it certainly isn't beyond the realms
of possibility that Jobe Watson and his men upset
the apple cart and sneak into the top eight.
"NAB CUP 2013 - Giants v Essendon"
(CC BY-ND 2.0) by Amy Mergard Photography + Design
Verdict: Worth a punt
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