After 37 years of pain, frustration and humiliation, the Richmond Football Club won the 2017 AFL Grand Final in incredible fashion, climbing from 13th on the ladder in 2016 to blitz the competition and taste the ultimate success.
That made the Tigers the team to beat in 2018, and back-to-back flags looked all but inevitable until they were stunned by a rampaging Collingwood side in the preliminary finals. They made up for it in the next two seasons, however, beating the GWS Giants and Geelong in consecutive grand finals to make it three premierships in four years.
Can Richmond back it up again in 2021? Let’s take a look at their outright odds for the AFL season and find some value for punters.
About the Richmond Tigers
|Premierships:||13 – 1920-21, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973-74, 1980, 2017, 2019, 2020|
|2021 ladder finish:||12th (9-12-1)|
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Updated Richmond futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$4.50||$1.50||D Martin $7||R Collier-Dawkins $51||T Lynch $5|
|Apr||$5||$1.60||D Martin $5.50||R Collier-Dawkins $51||T Lynch $7|
|May||$5||$2||D Martin $8||R Collier-Dawkins $51||J Riewoldt $6|
|Jun||$7||$3.50||D Martin $9||R Collier-Dawkins $81||J Riewoldt $7|
|Jul||$13||$34||D Martin $21||R Collier-Dawkins $101||J Riewoldt $11|
|Aug||$51||$3.50||S Bolton $251||R Collier-Dawkins $251||J Riewoldt $34|
Best Richmond bets for the 2021 AFL season
Where are the best Richmond bets in the AFL futures markets that matter?
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- With three flags and a preliminary final in the past four years, Richmond are the team to beat. They will start the season as outright premiership favourites at all online bookmakers.
- After bolting home into third on the ladder last year, Richmond are now aiming at five consecutive top-four finishes. They will face stiff competition from the likes of Port Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, and potential improvers such as the Western Bulldogs, but the Tigers look a good bet to finish near the top again.
- Dustin Martin is always a key figure in the Brownlow Medal betting markets. If the superstar midfielder plays anything like his best over 23 weeks, there are maybe only two players – Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe – who can match him in the votes.
- Not many teams have multiple contenders in the Coleman Medal betting, but Richmond boast two of the best key forwards in the game. Jack Riewoldt (33.20) and Tom Lynch (32.27) both finished top five in the league goalkicking charts last season, so it’s hard to split them.
Richmond players to watch in 2021
One positive to come out of Richmond’s personnel issues last season was the emergence of Shai Bolton in the midfield. It will be interesting to see how Tigers coach Damian Hardwick uses the West Australian star when the likes of Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards and Dion Prestia are all available.
He has led his team through a period of incredible success, but how long does Trent Cotchin have left as an AFL footballer? There are already questions regarding the three-time premiership captain’s place in the best 22, and it will be interesting to see how he copes with recent off-field drama surrounding the club.
He has snuck under the radar somewhat, but Noah Balta is now one of the most reliable key defenders in the competition. His ability to mark out the opposition’s best forward is critical in allowing the likes of Bachar Houli and Jayden Short to rebound from the Richmond backline.
Richmond Tigers records
Most matches: Kevin Bartlett – 403 (1965–1983)
Most goals kicked in one match: Doug Strang – 14 goals (R2, 1931)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Jack Dyer – 6 (1932, 1937-1940, 1946)
Most matches as coach: Tom Hafey – 248 (1966–1976)
Most goals in a season: Michael Roach – 112 (1980)
Most career goals: Jack Titus – 980 (1926–1943)