The 2018 AFL grand final will be played on Saturday September 29, 2018 at the MCG.
As always, the grand final promises to be one of the most bet-upon events on the Australian calendar, with the weekend then being capped off by the NRL grand final on the Sunday night.
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Odds comparison for the AFL grand final
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Bonus bets and promotions – 2018 AFL Grand Final
Every Australian loves a flutter on the AFL grand final and with all the bookies vying for our punting dollar, they bend over backwards to give us something free. With some restrictions around the ability to market bonuses and promotions to some Australian states it pays to sign-up early and give the bookie time to send out the offers via email, or to your account.
Sportsbet: Place a head to head bet on the AFL grand final and they will double our winnings. This can be up to the value of a $50 bonus bet. Just to be clear if you win $50 or more, they will give you a bonus up to $50 extra.
Another great deal Sportsbet is putting on is on the first goal-scorer market. If your bet loses but your selection kicks the second, third or fourth goals you get your cash back, up to the value of $55. Claim offers.
Crownbet: Place a head to head bet and if it loses Crownbet will give you a bonus bet of the initial stake, up to the value of $55. So if you put $100 on your team to win and they lose, your account will be credited with $55 in bonus bets.
William Hill: Norm Smith Medal cash back offer. If you bet on the Norm Smith and your bet doesn’t win, but your player gets the most possessions or goals get your money back up to the value of $25.
Palmerbet: Is giving customers who place a head to head bet up to $100 cash back if their team leads at three quarter time, but loses.
Palmerbet also offers even money lines on the AFL between 4-7pm Fridays.
Head-to-head betting and line betting
A head to heat bet or a ‘win bet’ is the most popular bet people will have on an AFL game.
Invariably the Grand Final pits two of the best teams of the year against each other, which means the odds will be much more even than they are throughout the season. Also, due to the sheer amount of money put into the market on this one, the agencies usually offer huge money back specials on head-to-head markets throughout the game.
Line betting will give you better odds on a straight head-to-head market to if you are prepared to concede a head start to another team. It is also a great saver bet if you think your team is in with a chance but you are not absolutely certain they can be in front when the final siren sounds.
Both head-to-head and line betting is available throughout the match, but bear in mind that due to the fluctuations in matches the odds will change rapidly. Australians are restricted in betting live on the internet, but most corporate bookmakers will have a phone line that you can call and place bets during the course of a game.
Norm Smith medal
The Norm Smith medal is awarded to the player adjudged best afield in the AFL grand final.
Five members of the media are given the honour of selecting the winner through a 3,2,1 voting system, with one of the five appointed the chairman.
There will only ever be an individual winner of the Norm Smith medal, with a count-back system awarding the medal to whoever accumulated the most best on ground votes as allocated by the judges on the day. If there is still a tie the chairman has the deciding vote.
The Norm Smith medal has live-betting all throughout the match, with markets closing late in the fourth quarter. In 2014, punters were still able to get $6.50 live on the Norm Smith medal winner Luke Hodge deep into the final quarter due to the fact there were no standout performers in the contest.
It pays to check the statistics and figures on the match before making a live-bet, with kicks and handballs not the be-all and end-all when it comes to influence. New stats such as score involvements, pressure acts and score chain possessions will greatly assist in helping you find and winner on the live betting side of things.
In 2017 Richmond superstar Dustin Martin capped his perfect season, winning the Norm Smith Medal just five days after winning the Brownlow Medal. He was the $4.75 favourite at Sportsbet.
First goal scorer bet
Outside of Norm Smith betting, betting on who will kick the first goal in the AFL Grand Final is always a hot bet going into the match. The idea is simple — either select a player you think will kick the first goal of the entire match, or select a particular player from their respective team to kick the first goal.
This means if his opponent nails the first goal of the contest, you are still in with a chance to make a collect on the game.
This bet also works in as a popular multiple bet, with the first goal scorer/match winner double typically a favoured multi bet coming into the big dance.
Some agencies feature a first goal scorer bet for each quarter too, so if you feel robbed that your guy missed a goal from five metres out, there is always next quarter.
In 2017, Crow midfielder Rory Sloane floated forward to take a chest mark and kick truly from a set shot. He was paying $25 at WilliamHill.com.au.
Most possessions betting
Another one of the self-explanatory bets but a critically hard one to master. The most possessions bet through some agencies has the overall market, but typically the big agencies will split key possession gathers into two groups and will only compete against five other players.
In games throughout the season most possession bets start and end prior to the match, but in the Grand Final live betting of most possessions runs all the way through the match.
Sometimes this market correlates directly with the Norm Smith voting, due the fact that if you have the most possessions in a game you are typically exerting the most influence on the outcome.
In 2017, Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch broke all kinds of Grand Final records on the way to 37 disposals. He was the favourite in the disposals market at $1.90.
Aussie online betting sites
All the best betting agencies have multiple markets on the game, as well as stellar promotions throughout the season and leading right up to the game. Any company who truly values their position in the sports betting market will have a multitude of options to choose from when it comes to odds, markets and specials so you will never be bereft of choice when the big dance rolls around.
In the past Sportsbet.com.au has offered money back specials on a myriad of outcomes, such as if your team leads at any break but loses, you get your cash back. Sportsbet also offer markets on just about every possible statistic that is collated and has live operators all throughout the match ready take your call.
Another company that is new to the game but is really making an impact is Crownbet.com.au – who offer all kinds of specials throughout the season on AFL bets, including money back if your teams leads by two goals or over at any stage throughout the match but goes on to lose.