GEELONG champion Patrick Dangerfield (+100) and Richmond superstar Dustin Martin (+110 at Sportsbet.com.au) are the two outright elects in the Brownlow Medial betting market as the AFL regular season enters its final stages.
The next best player in the market is Hawthorn recruit Tom Mitchell (+800 at WilliamHill.com.au), while prolific Bomber Zac Merrett is the next best option at +2000 with Crownbet.com.au.
Another dominant Dusty performance on the weekend saw the Tiger on-baller firm to be almost side-by-side at the head of affairs following his 31-touch performance at the GWS Giants.
The game was a direct contrast to Patrick Dangerfield’s largely ineffective game against the Crows on Friday night.
While the reigning Brownlow Medalist amassed 25 disposals and laid ten tackles he was outshone by former teammates Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch.
Patrick Dangerfield playing like a Brownlow Medallist??? Stop it! My foots aching with laughter ??#AFLCrowsCats
— Andrew Vanehouse (@vaney70) July 21, 2017
The last of football has been all about Martin however, who firms in the market almost week-to-week.
It has been a career-best year for the Tiger, which is made even more impressive by the fact his future beyond 2017 is discussed more than any other player in the competition.
Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt believes Martin’s commitment to the cause is unprecedented, but admitted he is unsure if the midfielder will be in yellow and black in 2018.
“I’ve got no idea. I know that he’s buying in 100 per cent and loving it,” Riewoldt told Fairfax Media when asked if he thinks Martin will be at Richmond next year.
— Ben De Pedro (@BenDepedro) July 23, 2017
“That’s all I can ask of him as a mate and as a teammate, just to continue to give [his] best, which is awesome.”
The other major regular season individual award is also set to go down to the wire.
Three goals separate Lance Frankin -111.11, who is currently on 50 goals, while Bomber Joe Daniher (+275 at Sportsbet.com.au) and Kangaroo Ben Brown +700 are both locked together on 47 majors.
Despite sitting seven goals clear of Buddy, Eagle Josh Kennedy is the +400 third favourite in the market.
Sydney surges in the premiership market
The Swans remarkable turnaround in 2017 continued this weekend following their professional 42-point win against St Kilda on Saturday.
The victory was Sydney’s tenth win from 11 games, and saw last year’s grand finalists firm onto the second line of premiership betting (+400) at Sportsbet.com.au).
The odds on the Swans to win the flag are even more astonishing given they started the season winless from the opening six games and were at the same odds they are now just to make the final eight.
Sydney coach John Longmire lauded his team’s efforts following their strong win over St Kilda.
“To keep them to 14 inside 50s in the first half was a pretty strong effort when we didn’t have the ball,” he said.
“Our 18-man defence was pretty strong for the entire game, the opposition is always going to have a turn at some point, but I though we pushed back pretty well and our work was first rate.”
Sydney the sleeping giant is on the warpath. Very confident in saying they will play in the Grand Final #AFLSwansSaints
— #JodieIsTheDoctor (@CashmanCeltics) July 22, 2017
The experts are also backing the Swans in to make an impact come September.
Three-time premiership star Simon Black believes all the chips are falling into place for the Bloods.
“Sydney have a lot of older bodies so the break at that time of year will do them the world of good. When you look at the Swans side with the age demographic the bye will be a great thing for them,” Black said.
“Having the week off before the finals is a big factor last year for the Dogs, it’ll freshen the Swans’ mature players up.”
The Brownlow Medalist already believes he has seen enough of the Swans to suggest they will be there again on grand final day.
The Sydney Swans are playing +220 at Crownbet.com.au to make the 2017 grand final, and Black is backing the harbour town boys in.
“I reckon they’ll be there on grand final day. I’m not sure if they’ll win it but I reckon they’ll be there. It would be quite amazing from 0-6.”
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