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Richmond Tigers 2017 Betting Odds - Tigers a $3.40 chance of making finals

Adam Cusworth 22 Feb 2017
  • Richmond have a relatively kind draw and have an opportunity to get off to a flyer
  • One time barometer, Brett Deledio, no longer at the club
  • Can the Tigers find a way to transition the ball more effectively from the back half?

The Richmond Tigers enter the 2017 on the road to redemption after a disappointing 2016 campaign that saw them crash to 13th on the ladder. 

What will the new year bring for the yellow and black? Here is our preview of their upcoming campaign.

2016 position: 13th

2017 Fixture Difficulty Rating: 3/10

Off season movements

ARRIVALS: Shai Bolton, Jack Graham, Ryan Garthwaite, Josh Caddy (Geelong), Toby Nankervis (Sydney), Dion Prestia (Gold Coast)
DEPARTURES: Troy Chaplin, Reece McKenzie, Liam McBean, Adam Marcon, Andrew Moore, Brett Deledio (GWS), Ty Vickery (Hawthorn)

Preview

Richmond have been bolstered by the arrivals of Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy to the club in the off-season but lose the one time barometer, Brett Deledio, as well as the much-maligned, but handy, Ty Vickery. 

Prestia and Caddy, who are both great mates from their time together at the Gold Coast Suns, should help ease the burden in the middle of the ground on the likes of Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin by adding some much needed depth. 

That quartet have some work to do this year to ensure that Richmond move the ball more efficiently from their back half to their forward 50. 

The Tigers movement often broke down in the middle part of the ground, leaving the forwards with little chance and they finished the season ranked 15th for points scored. 

The Damien Hardwick-coached side opens up their campaign with the traditional season opener against Carlton on Thursday March 23 and have a great chance to get their season off to a flyer, with four of their first five games at the MCG as well as a trip to the GABBA to take on lowly Brisbane. 

They have been installed at the odds of $3.40 with CrownBet to return to the top 8 but at $1.30 they are favoured to miss out on finals action. For those that are considering the Tigers to slip further south, $11 is on offer for them to take out the wooden spoon. 

In other betting markets, Dustin Martin is at the odds of $12 with William Hill to win this year's Brownlow Medal, while Jack Riewoldt is a $21 chance with bet365 to claim the Coleman Medal. 

Martin finished 3rd in last years count with 25 votes, a fantastic effort given that the Tigers managed to win just eight games, while Riewoldt is a two-time Coleman Medal winner. 

Key betting odds

Premiership: $51
Top 8: $3.40
To Miss Top 8: $1.35
Wooden Spoon: $11
Brownlow: Dustin Martin $12 William Hill
Coleman Medal: Jack Riewoldt $21 bet365
Season Wins Under 9.5- $1.85 at sportsbet

Prediction

As much as I would like a Richmond revival I just can't see it happening. The $1.35 to miss the top 8 looks to be an absolute lock but for greater value, the $1.85 for less than 9.5 wins is the way to go.  

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