The AFL has decided upon a staggered start to the season with the first game one week earlier than the remaining games of Round 1. Saturday March 24 sees the Greater Western Sydney Giants begin their inaugural year in the AFL competition in a local derby against the Sydney Swans.
The number of teams competing for the AFL flag is now eighteen after the inclusion of Greater Western Sydney into the schedule, and the AFL hierarchy have obviously attempted to try to focus some attention on this new team as their match against Sydney will be the only game in the first week, with the remaining games taking place the week after.
The 2012 AFL Season will again be an exciting one for lovers of Australian Rules football, and SportChalk will be there every step of the way providing free AFL betting tips to its legion of readers each and every week.
AFL bettors can look forward to 23 rounds of football to take them all the way through into September as the battle is on to claim the premiership flag in the Toyota AFL Grand Final. Sports betting action on pre-season AFL betting markets has already begun in earnest so let’s take a look at just what these odds are telling us.
The top 8 AFL teams expected to stand a chance at becoming premiers in 2012 are as follow:
- Collingwood Magpies – $4.20
- Hawthorn Hawks – $4.40
- Geelong Cats – $6.00
- Carlton Blues – $9.40
- West Coast Eagles – $14.50
- Fremantle Dockers – $26.00
- St Kilda Saints – $28.00
- Sydney Swans – $32.00
Sports bettors have priced Port Adelaide Power, Gold Coast Suns, and Greater Western Sydney Giants all above $300 and giving them absolutely no hope of even coming close to being competitive this year.
You may recall from some of the earlier betting season previews on other sports that SportChalk does not get too excited about these type of ‘futures’ bets, as it really has nothing to do with smart and sensible betting and is more a feature of luck than anything else. Take a look through the wealth of content on the site covering sports betting education to find out what works and what doesn’t work for professional sports bettors.
The game play between Round 1 all the way up to the Grand Final at the end of September in the Australian Rules season will be where the action is, so each individual game will be analysed from a betting perspective on its own merit.
Our other Australian sports fans who also watch the NRL rugby league betting markets will have seen some incredibly close games early in the season, so it is highly important to stress the importance of being extremely selective in which games are chosen as suitable AFL betting candidates.
SportChalk will be providing free betting tips each and every round on any games which are seen as above average sports betting opportunities, and look to continue to build on the excellent winning success thus far in 2012.