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AFL Season 2018 Tips - 3 best long-range bets for the 2018 AFL season

Adam Cusworth 11 Dec 2017
  • Sydney take some great form into 2018
  • Can Hawthorn bounce back?
  • Will the Blues improve in Brendan Bolton's third season as coach?

Betting markets have been released for the next year’s AFL season and we have had a look through what is on offer, picking out our three best long range bets for the 2018 action.  

Top 4 - Sydney Swans


The Top 4 market with CrownBet is very tight and despite finishing 6th in 2017, it is the Sydney Swans that top the betting at $1.70, just ahead of last year's Grand Finalists, the Adelaide Crows at $1.75. The Swans cross-town rivals, the GWS Giants, are at $1.80, while premiership winners, Richmond, head a host of other sides at $2.35. Of that quartet, the Swans and the Crows look to be pretty safe bets for a top four finish but the one to really go for is Sydney. John Longmire's side endured a horror start to season 2017, dropping their first six games before rallying to win 15 of 17, however, their slow start meant that they could never quite steal a top four birth, finishing 5th. The Swans should get off to a better start in 2018. Last season, injuries and a late start to their 2017 pre-season proved costly. This time around they should be well rested and ready to fire. They have made the finals every year since 2009 and finished top four from 2012 to 2016 and there is nothing to suggest they are on the decline. Jump on. 

Top 8 - Hawthorn


One of Sydney's main rivals from previous seasons, Hawthorn, dipped out badly at the start of 2017 and went into the mid-season break with just four wins from 12 games. Like Sydney, the Hawks also rallied but it was too little too late, finishing six points out of the eight in 12th spot. A host of big names, including Cyril Rioli, James Frawley and Grant Birchall were missing for large parts of the year. The silver lining was that their master coach, Alistair Clarkson, was able to conduct a bit of a mini rebuild, blooding a host of young guns such as Ryan Burton and James Sicily, while the appearance of Jaegar O'Meara at season's end was encouraging for Hawks fans. Barring any major mishaps with injury, we can expect the Hawks to stake their claim for yet another finals birth. 

Carlton Season Wins - Over 6.5


One club that may have been written off slightly in early markets is Carlton. The Blues are as much as $4 to make the finals and are worth considering at that quote. However, the play may be to go for them in season wins markets. They are $1.87 to win more than six matches, which would be one better than their haul in 2017. They are clearly a side that is on the up and their lowly haul of six wins hides the fact that they were close up in a number of games during the season, dropping nine by 20 points or less. Patrick Cripps missed at crucial times and at age 22, should only improve, as should the likes of Charle Curnow, Jacob Weitering and Jack Silvagni. The absence of Bryce Gibbs (traded to Adelaide) and Sam Docherty (knee injury) will hurt, but they added some much-needed depth and another batch of young guns at the draft. With Brendan Bolton in charge, more than six wins looks within their grasp.

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AFL Season 2018 Tips - 3 best long-range bets for the 2018 AFL season

Betting markets have been released for the next year’s AFL season and we have had a look through what is on offer, picking out our three best long range bets for the 2018 action.

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