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AFL betting sites

The Australian Football League is the most popular sporting competition in one of the world’s greatest sporting nations. It is also a huge drawer with punters all over the country, and online bookmakers offer an enormous range of AFL betting markets as a result. BettingSite.com.au will walk you through everything you need to know about gambling on Australian footy, including which betting sites offer the best AFL odds and customer service.

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2021 AFL Premiership betting

With three AFL Grand Final victories in the past four years, Richmond will start the 2021 season as the team to beat. Geelong and West Coast will also have plenty of support in the premiership market, while the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide will hope to take the next step having reached the preliminary finals in 2020. The prospects of Collingwood, the GWS Giants and a few others could depend on what happens in the trade period.


Latest AFL 2021 Premiership odds

Team 2021 AFL Premiership odds
Richmond +300 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Geelong +500 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Brisbane Lions +750 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Port Adelaide +750 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
West Coast Eagles +750 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Collingwood +1000 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
GWS Giants +1300 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
St Kilda +1700 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Western Bulldogs +1700 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Melbourne +2200 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Carlton +3300 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Hawthorn +3300 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Fremantle +5000 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Gold Coast Suns +5000 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Essendon +6600 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Sydney Swans +6600 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
Adelaide Crows +10000 Best Odds @ Sportsbet
North Melbourne +10000 Best Odds @ Sportsbet

See more AFL futures odds at Sportsbet


2020 AFL season review

The 2020 AFL Premiership season will go down as one of the most testing and unique of all time. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked all sorts of havoc on Australian sport, disrupting even the highest level of competition in a manner not seen since the Second World War.

For the AFL, that meant wholesale changes to the fixture and the creation of isolated hubs where teams could go about their business without risk of infection. It also meant significant sacrifices from players, coaches, club staff and their families, especially those forced to relocate from Victoria for a majority of the season.

As such, it is remarkable that both teams in the 2020 AFL Grand Final – the first played outside Melbourne – hailed from the Big V. Port Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions set the tone for the majority of the season, while the West Coast Eagles looked near-unbeatable at home, but in the end it was Richmond and Geelong that made it all the way to the big dance at the Gabba.

For the Tigers, getting that far was an incredible achievement in its own right. Many had written them off after a shocking run of form early in the season, while the loss of several key players – including premiership stars Shane Edwards and Bachar Houli – due to travel restrictions only made life harder.

Nevertheless, Damien Hardwick’s men were the team to beat by the time the finals rolled around, and their experience counted for everything on Grand Final Night as they downed the Cats by five goals in tough conditions. Dustin Martin was the hero yet again, becoming the first player in history to win the Norm Smith Medal three times.

Best online bookmakers for AFL betting

First port of call for all your footy betting needs should be BetEasy.com.au – the official wagering partner of the AFL.

Sportsbet.com.au is Australia’s top online bookmaker and pulls out all the stops when it comes to enhancing your AFL experience, offering money-back specials, player specials across multiple games and the widest range of options from match to match, week to week.

Serious punters should also check out Betfair.com.au – a true online betting exchange where you can set the markets, lay the odds and bet against your fellow punters without giving up any margins to a bookie.


What can I bet on during an Australian rules football match?

AFL is unlike almost any sport in the world to bet on as it has a multitude of options to wager your money on. Just about every category that has statistics recorded can be bet on prior to a match.

Wagering on most disposals, usually consisting of 12 players spilt into two separate groups, is one of the more popular bets. Other bets pertaining to possession tallies also exist, with totals of 20, 30 and 40 available to wager on with varying returns based on the player’s average and output.

First goal scorer bets are also commonly placed bet, whether it be first goal scorer for each team or the first goal scorer for each quarter, this bet keeps you on the edge of your seat until the first major is converted. Other bets pertaining to goals include most goals in which an individual player is selected to kick the most majors for the match, while three or more goals and even just the possibility of kicking a single goal for the match is available.

Other interesting statistical categories you can bet on include most tackles which splits players into two groups similar to most possession groups, total game score which has an over/under market, quarter by quarter leaders and most marks.

Once the match has commenced, however, the majority of the options dry up, with the regular head-to-head and line betting typically the only options unless it is a special occasion such as ANZAC Day, the Grand Final or a state derby where the medal winner bet will be available all throughout the match.


AFL football clubs

There are currently 18 teams in the Australian Football League – 10 from Victoria and two each from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Logo Club Home Ground Established Betting review
Crows AFL betting Adelaide Crows Adelaide Oval 1990
Lions AFL betting Brisbane Lions The GABBA 1996
Blues AFL betting Carlton Blues Etihad Stadium 1864
Magpies AFL betting Collingwood Magpies MCG 1892
Essendon Bombers Essendon Bombers Etihad Stadium 1871
Dockers AFL betting Fremantle Dockers Optus Stadium 1995
Cats AFL betting Geelong Cats GMHBA Stadium 1859
Gold Coast Suns Gold Coast Suns Metricon Stadium 2011
Giants AFL betting Greater Western Sydney Giants Spotless Stadium 2012
Hawks AFL betting Hawthorn Hawks MCG 1902
Demons AFL betting Melbourne Demons MCG 1859
Kangaroos AFL betting North Melbourne Kangaroos Etihad Stadium 1869
Power AFL betting Port Adelaide Power Adelaide Oval 1997
Tigers AFL betting Richmond Tigers MCG 1885
Saints AFL betting St Kilda Saints Etihad Stadium 1873
Swans AFL betting Sydney Swans SCG 1874
Eagles AFL betting West Coast Eagles Optus Stadium 1986
Bulldogs AFL betting Western Bulldogs Etihad Stadium 1877


Tips for betting on Australian Rules Football

Finding value in AFL matches differs greatly from most other sports punters bet on, in that there are so many variables on which to bet on, and mitigating circumstances that can affect the outcome of a match.

Invariably the big matches throughout the year, such as the ANZAC Day game, the Western Derby and the Showdown may have a clear-cut better team that has a superior ladder position, but these emotion-charged matches do not always reflect where the two teams currently stand in the pecking order.

AFL Anzac Day Essendon v Collingwood – Anzac Day Match

However, value can almost certainly be found if you are looking to delve into statistics and player averages.

You will often come across a player that for some reason or another matches up quite well against an opponent – especially a forward – and has made a habit of kicking bags of goals.

This makes for an astute most goals bet, and can sometimes derive extra value from the fact that not everyone is prepared to put the effort in to find a winner.


The main deposit options at Australian betting sites

Most websites have multiple options for you to deposit your money:


Can I bet on AFL internationally?

Australian Rules football does not differ from any other sport in the world in that there are no restrictions on whether you can gamble on Australia’s most popular game.

With sites such as Bet365, you will always have options to bet on AFL – no matter where you are in the world.

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When is the 2021 AFL Grand Final?

The 2021 AFL Grand Final will take place on the last weekend of September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Victoria, Australia. While last year’s decider was the first to be held outside Australian footy’s home state, normal service will resume in 2021 – depending on the status of the COVID situation, that is.


AFL premiers, odds, runner ups

Year Premier GF win odds Rd 1 Flag odds Ladder position Runner up Rd 1 flag fav Brownlow winner Rising Star winner
2020 Richmond $1.80 $4.50 3rd Geelong Richmond Lachie Neale Caleb Serong
2019 Richmond $1.44 $5 3rd GWS Giants Adelaide Nat Fyfe Sam Walsh
2018 West Coast $2.20 $34 2nd Collingwood Adelaide Tom Mitchell Jaidyn Stephenson
2017 Richmond $2.35 $34 3rd Adelaide GWS Giants Dustin Martin Andrew McGrath
2016 Bulldogs  $2.10  $17  7th Sydney  Hawthorn  Matt Priddis  Callum Mills
2015 Hawthorn  $2  $5  2nd West Coast  Sydney  Patrick Dangerfield  Jesse Hogan
2014 Hawthorn  $2.50  $4.50  1st Sydney  Fremantle  Nat Fyfe  Lewis Taylor
2013 Hawthorn  $1.62  $5  2nd Fremantle  Fremantle   Gary Ablett Jnr  Jaegar O’Meara
2012 Sydney  $2.48  $8  3rd Hawthorn  Collingwood  Trent Cotchin/Sam Mitchell  Daniel Talia
2011 Geelong  $1.85  $5  2nd Collingwood  Collingwood  Dane Swan  Dyson Heppell
2010 Collingwood  $1.84  $11  1st St Kilda  Geelong  Chris Judd  Dan Haneberry
2009 Geelong  $1.61  $6 2nd St Kilda  St Kilda  Gary Ablett Jnr  Daniel Rich


Customer service at Aussie bookies

Aussie bookies such as Sportsbet and BetOnline offer both phone and live chat customer service to anyone who is having trouble placing a bet.

The live chat is ideal for people on the go that want real-time knowledge that they can insert into their betting slip, but is only operational during their standardised hours, typically 9am to 10pm Eastern Standard Time.

The phone customer service gives punters who want the more personal touch the opportunity to speak to a real person in real-time. Note: due to live-betting legislation in Australia, it is only possible to place a live bet on a match over the phone.

The phone service for all Aussie online bookies is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be able to help you in every situation, including when the online site is down for maintenance.


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