The Sydney Swans became an entity in 1982, when the then-VFL relocated South Melbourne, long known as the Bloods, to form the first non-Victorian team in the competition we now know as the Australian Football League.
After many decades of misery, the Swans have emerged as perennial contenders. They have played in five grand finals for two flags since 2005, when they ended a 72-year premiership drought with a nail-biting victory over the West Coast Eagles.
But after a meek exit in the first week of the 2018 finals series, there are growing doubts about Sydney’s future. The squad is ageing, premiership stars have moved on and years of sustained success has left the club with minimal leverage in the draft.
Those concerns have become a reality, with the Swans finishing in the bottom four in each of the past two seasons. However, the depth of young talent on Sydney’s list suggests a return to the top end of the table might not be far away.
How will John Longmire and his charges fare this year? Let’s check in with the bookies and see how the Swans are shaping up in the major AFL betting markets for 2021.
About the Sydney Swans
|Home ground:||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Captains:||J Kennedy, L Parker, D Rampe|
|Premierships:||5 – 1909, 1918, 1933, 2005, 2012|
|2020 ladder finish:||16th (5-12)|
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Updated Swans futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$67||$6||L Parker $41||C Warner $11||L Franklin $26|
|Apr||$41||$3||L Parker $41||E Gulden $4.50||L Franklin $31|
|May||$36||$2||L Parker $51||C Warner $5||L Franklin $31|
|Jun||$21||$1.60||L Parker $41||C Warner $9.50||L Franklin $23|
|Jul||$13||$1.05||L Parker $41||C Warner $19||L Franklin $21|
Best Sydney bets for the 2021 AFL season
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- This is a rebuilding phase for the Sydney Swans. With the likes of Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy entering their twilight years, it is time to blood some youngsters and prepare for the future. Don’t expect any silverware this season.
- If you are going to back one of last year’s stragglers to bolt into finals contention, you could do worse than Sydney. If their top-end players fire and their youngsters continue to develop, they might sneak into the eight.
- Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy have led the way for Sydney in the Brownlow Medal betting for years, but it might be time for a changing of the guard. Isaac Heeney can play midfield or forward and his best is about as good as it gets, so don’t be surprised if he puts it all together this year and goes very high in the count.
- Sydney could have several live chances in the Rising Star betting this season. We only saw a little bit of Chad Warner and Dylan Stephens last year, while new recruits Errol Gulden and Braeden Campbell look to have some class about them.
Swans players to watch in 2021
For talent alone, there are few players in the competition who belong in the same bracket as Isaac Heeney. Is this the year he finally shrugs off his injury issues, shows some consistency and cracks into the upper crust of AFL stars?
Can Buddy reach 1,000 AFL goals before his body gives out on him? The superstar forward is only 56 majors short of that magical milestone, but a tally of 29 games in the past two years – including none in 2020 – suggests time is running out.
If not for some erratic finishing, Tom Papley might well have taken out the Coleman Medal in 2020. The livewire forward is an absolute nuisance for opposition defences and can create chances out of nothing, so he is sure to be a key figure for the Swans again this year.
Sydney Swans records
Most matches: Adam Goodes – 372
Most goals kicked in one match: 16 – Tony Lockett (Round 19, 1995 vs Fitzroy)
Most matches as coach: 214* – John Longmire
Most goals in a season: 150 – Bob Pratt (1934)
Most career goals: Bob Pratt – 681