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Port Adelaide 2017 Betting Odds - Power a $2.50 chance of playing finals

Adam Cusworth 22 Feb 2017
  • Port were relatively inactive in the trade period
  • Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries available for selection after missing 2016 due to suspension
  • A kind draw sets the Power up for tilt at finals

After a couple of disappointing seasons, underachieving Port Adelaide have been installed at the odds of $2.50 to make the finals for the first time since 2014. 

Can the Power squeeze back in the eight or will it be another year of frustration for Ken Hinkley and his troops? Here is our preview of the year. 

2016 position: 10th

2017 Fixture Difficulty Rating: 2/10

Off season movements

ARRIVALS: Todd Marshall, Sam Powell-Pepper, Joe Atley, Willem Drew
DEPARTURES: Alipate Carlile, John Butcher, Sam Colquhoun, Kane Mitchell, Cameron O’Shea, Jay Schulz, Paul Stewart

Preview

It is hard to fathom that Port Adelaide were just a kick away from a Grand Final birth in 2014 and a possible flag. The consensus after the Preliminary Final loss to Hawthorn that year was that Port would be a force to be reckoned with but unfortunately for their fans, it hasn't panned out that way. 

Hinkley's side are now currently stuck in the dreaded middle tier of the competition, coming 9th in 2015 and 10th in 2016. 

With the exception of some handy acquisitions in the draft, they were unable to make and notable changes to their list and head in with a relatively similar squad this year. 

Just where will the improvement come for Port to re-enter the finals? Consistency has been an issue and fans will be hoping for a harder edge all year round, while the ball use by foot just simply has to improve. 

Port were ranked last in the competition in 2016 for kicking efficiency at just 62 per cent and this hurt them during key moments in games last year. 

Another concern is their forward line. Despite recruiting Charlie Dixon, the Power battled to take marks inside 50. Jay Schultz was on his last legs last year and has since departed, while Paddy Ryder returns after a 12-month absence. 

A bonus for the Power is that they have received a relatively kind draw from the AFL and play none of the top four sides from last year on two occasions.

CrownBet have installed them as a $34 chance to take out the 2017 AFL Premiership, while they are at $1.50 to miss the finals. Robbie Gray is a $26 chance to claim the Brownlow Medal. 

Key betting odds

Premiership: $34 CrownBet
Top 8: $2.50 CrownBet
To Miss Top 8: $1.50 CrownBet
Brownlow: Robbie Gray $26 bet365
Season Wins Under 11.5 $1.88 at sportsbet

Prediction

Season Wins Under 11.5 $1.88 at sportsbet


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