AFL Ladder Prediction - How will you club fare in 2018?

Adam Cusworth 18 Mar 2018
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The 2018 AFL season is just around the corner and it will be fascinating to see how the year pans out, given the evenness of the competition. 

Richmond (2017) and the Western Bulldogs (2016) claimed their respective premierships in stunning fashion and it will be interesting to see if another club can rise from the depths. 

On the flip side, who can we expect to slide down the ladder? Every season there are usually one or two sides that sink unexpectedly, resulting in mounting pressure on coaches and/or individuals. In 2017, it was Collingwood that produced a sub-par year, while the Bulldogs became the first group to miss out on the finals the year after claiming a flag. 

Here is our prediction for how the ladder will look like after Round 23. 

1st - Sydney Swans 

($6.50 to win Grand Final at Ladbrokes)

The perennial high flyers will be keen to atone for a slow start last year and will come out firing. They are hard to go past. 

2nd - Richmond Tigers 

($7.00 to win Grand Final at CrownBet)

The Tigers win in the Grand Final last year was no fluke. They will need to improve to go back to back but can do so. Damien Hardwick's charges looked very sharp in the recent JLT Series. 

3rd - Adelaide Crows 

($6.50 to win Grand Final at UBET) 

The Crows have been a force in recent years and will be out to atone for their poor effort in the decider last year. Their quota of games at the Adelaide Oval will help them bank enough wins to be thereabouts again. 

4th - Melbourne Demons 

($3.00 to finish in Top 4 at CrownBet)

It is now or never for Melbourne, who have a stellar list. No excuses in 2018

5th - Port Adelaide 

($1.50 to finish in Top 8 at Ladbrokes)

Similar to Melbourne. It's time for Ken Hinkley's Power to deliver after three frustrating seasons. They have recruited well and have the game to bat very deep into the season. 

6th - Hawthorn 

($2.35 to finish in Top 8 at CrownBet)

The Hawks have been written off in some quarters but if they rediscover the hunger and remain relatively injury free they will find themselves in familiar territory. 

7th - Fremantle Dockers

($4.00 to finish in Top 4 at Sportsbet)

Ross Lyon's Dockers have underachieved in recent years but have rebuilt their list in the process. They impressed in the JLT and can be the surprise packets this year. 

8th - Geelong Cats 

($3.00 to finish in Top 4 at CrownBet)

Not sure about the Gary Ablett experiment, as well as the depth, but should pick up enough wins to play finals. 

9th - GWS Giants 

($1.80 for Under 14 wins at CrownBet)

Happy to pot GWS. They have lost players and haven't been able to deliver when it counts in the last two years. Question marks over their coach. 

10th - Carlton

($1.80 for Over 6.4 wins at CrownBet )

The Blues are clearly going places and can put themselves in a position to make finals. However, their young legs may just tire later in the season. Another 12 months perhaps. 

11th - Western Bulldogs

($1.75 to miss the Top 8 at Ladbrokes)

Not sure what direction the Bulldogs are headed. Their recruiting of talls that may not be suited to the modern game has been interesting. Inconsistent form in the latter stages of 2017 reappeared in the recent JLT Series. Was the 2016 flag just a fluke?

12th - West Coast Eagles

($1.70 for Under 10.5 wins at CrownBet)

The Eagles may just find themselves in a rebuilding year after the retirements of a number of veterans. Lack class in the midfield. 

13th - Essendon Bombers

($2.10 to miss the Top 8 at Ladbrokes)

I had the Bombers higher but after an indifferent JLT Series I'm not so sure. They have work to do after being destroyed by Sydney in last year's finals. 

14th - Collingwood

($1.72 to miss the Top 8 at Ladbrokes)

Collingwood are capable of making the eight but there are concerns about their list early on in the year and the amount of injuries they have. If they can overcome the usual challenges (e.g. converting on the scoreboard), they should finish higher than this but 14th will do for not. 

15th - St Kilda

($1.88 for Under 10 wins at CrownBet) 

The fringe dwellers just seem to lack the class that a number of other sides possess and will be making up the numbers. 

16th - Gold Coast

($3.00 for the least wins at CrownBet)  

Some promising signs in the JLT and it will be interesting to see how they fare under Stuart Dew. Too much ground to make up though. 

17th - Brisbane Lions

($5.00 for the least wins at Ladbrokes)

Similar to the Gold Coast and this looms as another rebuilding year.

18th - North Melbourne

($4.50 for the least wins at Ladbrokes)     

The Roos were unable to land a big fish last year and will struggle in 2018. 

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