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teams are good bets for the 2018 AFL premiership?
Source: Richmond FC via Facebook
Last season was an absolutely sensational year of
Aussie Rules footy that kept footy fans on the edge
their seats from start to finish. We saw the Richmond
Tigers claim their first premiership in 37 years,
and star playmaker Dustin Martin take the competition's
first ever treble of a Brownlow Medal, a Premiership
Flag and a Norm Smith Medal for being the best and
fairest player in the grand final.
Since then we've come through an AFL trade period
which saw some very exciting moves, and now there's
a much clearer look at how teams will be lining up
on the field in 2018. It's always hard to pick who
will lift the trophy pre-season, with the AFL being
such an incredibly competitive league nowadays.
Let's take a look at which teams are looking like
the smart bets for next seasons campaign.
After last season's dominating display which saw
them stay at the top of the ladder all year except
for two rounds when the relinquished their lead to
the GWS Giants, it's hard see how they won't be competitive
once again next term. They are currently second favourites,
and the signing of Bryce Gibbs from the Carlton Blues
will give them a bit more attacking quality from the
midfield. According to Footy
Wire, the Crows were ranked first in points, hitouts
and opponent marks per game in 2017, and will hope
to drive home this dominance by claiming the flag
There's been a lot of talk about Geelong after they
managed to secure their prodigal son, Gary Ablett,
from the Gold Coast Suns during the AFL trade period.
Last season the midfield partnership of Patrick Dangerfield
and Joel Selwood was already running like a well-oiled
machine, and adding Ablett to that mix is going to
make an extremely attacking trio through the middle
of the park. They may have enough now to make that
extra push for the big dance, after going out in the
preliminary finals for the previous two years. Currently
they are the fifth favourites to claim the flag.
Greater Western Sydney Giants
The young club is still searching for their maiden
premiership and 2018 may very well be their year,
currently sitting as the favourites according to Champion
Bets. They started last season with so much promise,
and until the final quarter of the year, they looked
like Adelaide's biggest threat. They enter their next
campaign as the front-runners to win the title, and
it will be interesting to see how the squad can deal
with the expectations of that label.
After a Cinderella story last term, it's going to
be intriguing to see how the Tigers back it up. They
arguably have the best player in the competition in
Dustin Martin, as well as the 2017 All-Australian
captain Alex Rance. They have managed to keep that
Premiership-winning side together which will dramatically
increase their chances for consecutive flags, and
right now they can be found at a reasonable price
to make it back-to-back Premierships.
The team that started last season with six straight
losses, ended up finishing sixth, and even became
some peoples pick to win the competition. Last year
was a season of extremes for the Swans but if they
can start their next campaign the way they played
the second half of the season last year, they will
be very tough to beat. Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker
work fantastically together in the midfield, and Lance
Franklin is in some devastatingly good form in front
It's always challenging to pick the winner pre-season,
but it's hard not to see one of these teams lifting
the trophy in September.
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