Greater Western Sydney caretaker coach Mark McVeigh has been backed into favouritism to be the Giants’ senior coach in 2023.
Betting is really heating up at the online bookmakers, with the former Essendon midfielder backed into $2.25 on Friday morning after an avalanche of money saw Alastair Clarkson shorten to $1.50 to become North Melbourne’s next coach.
McVeigh – who took over the reins when Leon Cameron parted ways with the Giants in May – has made it clear in recent weeks that he wants the top job, but admitted it would be hard to topple Clarkson if the former Hawthorn coach decided to go after the role.
“It will come down to what he would like to do,” McVeigh told AFL media earlier in the week.
“I know and understand that if Alastair Clarkson says, ‘I want to go to the Giants’, I will be up against it.”
Clarkson is a $3.50 chance for the Giants gig, while former Adelaide coach Don Pyke ($7) is the only other candidate in single digits.
Meanwhile, at North Melbourne, it looks to be a race in two between Clarkson and Ross Lyon.
The three-time premiership coach is a $1.50 chance, while Lyon ($5) is the only other contender under double figures.
If Clarkson was to win the role as North Melbourne coach, the Roos would have to surrender 23 percent of their total salary cap after his management laid down what it would take to secure his services.
Melbourne, Geelong tussle for top spot in 2022 AFL Premiership betting
Meanwhile, with five rounds to go in the 2022 AFL season before finals begin, premiership betting is starting to heat up as well.
Melbourne remain favourites just in front of Geelong, who have been faultless over the past month.
Sydney have jumped into third favourites in front of Fremantle after beating the Dockers last round, while Brisbane are on the drift after battling form and COVID protocols of late.
Carlton and Collingwood are next, while Richmond – who may not even make the eight now after looking like certainties to compete just a fortnight ago – have blown out the door.
|Team||2022 AFL Premiership odds|
|Melbourne||+200||Best odds @ Neds|
|Geelong||+225||Best odds @ Neds|
|Sydney||+750||Best odds @ Neds|
|Fremantle||+800||Best odds @ Neds|
|Brisbane||+900||Best odds @ Neds|
|Carlton||+1200||Best odds @ Neds|
|Collingwood||+1400||Best odds @ Neds|
|Richmond||+2000||Best odds @ Neds|
|St Kilda||+5000||Best odds @ Neds|
|Western Bulldogs||+5000||Best odds @ Neds|
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