Aussie rules football Australia’s most popular sport and the AFL represents its peak. The best players and teams provide incredible action so the popularity of AFL betting is no surprise. Here at Aussiefreebets.com.au we work hard to bring you the pick of the AFL odds from the best bookies.
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If you’re one of those fans who always checks the latest AFL scores it’s likely you’ll fancy your chances of turning your knowledge into profit through your AFL betting.
At Aussiefreebet.com.au we help you in your quest to make some money from the bookies by providing AFL tips from the biggest matches right on our site. Our AFL tipping goes all the way to the Grand Final so make sure to keep checking the site every week. More AFL Tipping
AFL in Australia
The AFL is the very top level of Australian rules football. After initially starting in Victoria, the AFL now comprises 18 teams from across Australia.
It’s not just the quality of the teams that makes the AFL so popular, it’s the passion and dedication of the fans of all 18 teams. Every team has their own, traditions, histories and songs of which they are rightly proud even if some have been more successful than others.
Each year the 18 teams compete to be crowned the AFL champions. The first period of the competition takes the shape of a home-and-away season that lasts 23 rounds. When the season is over in early September, the team at the top of the ladder are named the minor premiers and awarded the McClelland Trophy.
That’s when the real action begins.
The top eight teams enter the four-week Finals Series but only two will make it to the AFL’s showpiece event, the Grand Final, in which the premiers are crowned.
Carlton and Essendon share the record for the most number of premierships at 16 while Richmond are the reigning champions having beaten Adelaide in the 2017 Grand Final.
Popular AFL Bets and Markets in 2018
AFL betting has come a long way since the days where you could basically only bet on who would win an individual match. Australian punters now have a huge amount of choice with the best bookies offering over 150 markets full of tempting AFL odds for each match.
As well as the head-to-head betting the most popular AFL betting options include handicap markets which can make one sided games more competitive or provide a bigger payout (margin of victory markets do something similar).
The over/under markets let you bet on whether you think games will be high or low scoring and you can also bet on the number of points you think individual teams will score.
There are a host of player betting markets available to you while quarter-by-quarter betting gives you more options in terms of the outcome of a match.
Away from individual matches and the best bookmakers all offer futures betting. These markets allow you to bet on long term outcomes such as who will win the Grand Final.
As well as making the most of AFL premiership odds you can also bet on which teams will make the Finals Series, which player will be awarded the Brownlow Medal and who even who will win the wooden spoon.
Recommended Bookies for AFL Betting
If you are serious about making the most of the various AFL odds available to you, you may think that reading our AFL tipping is the most important step. Although that will hopefully help in your quest for profit, we’d suggest that it is even more important to carefully pick which bookies to do your betting with.
We’ll come onto which bookies we recommend shortly but first it’s worth pointing out the value of having more than one option. If you only do your AFL betting with one bookie you are limiting your choice of offers and of odds. If you have a few bookies to choose from you can take your pick of the best AFL odds and any AFL betting offers that come your way.
The first bookie we’d recommend considering is bet365. They are one of the biggest bookmakers in the world and make the most of their size and power to offer their customers an incredible amount of choice and value.
That is very much the case when it comes to Aussie rules where the bet365 AFL betting options are plentiful. As well as enough choice to satisfy even the most picky punter, bet365 have a host of long running AFL betting offers including a multi bet bonus while the AFL stats on the bet356 site are very useful.
Next on our list of recommended bookies is Unibet. Founded by Anders Strom with the aim of giving punters as much information as possible, Unibet work hard to provide an excellent service to AFL punters.
Unibet have a market offering that is as comprehensive as any of their competitors and their AFL odds are always fair. Unibet have a very generous welcome bonus and the offers keep coming long after you’ve opened your account which makes them such a valuable weapon in your betting arsenal.
Finally, we believe that Topbetta do a great job with their AFL betting. Punters who enjoy betting on AFL matches can either get involved with Topbetta’s impressive selection of markets before the action begins or in-play and the futures section of their AFL betting is very good.
If you want to test out what Topbetta have to offer in terms of their AFL offering, you can make the most of the welcome bonus they offer new customers to try them out without having to risk your own money.
AFL Grand Final 2018
Aussie rules football fans have already circled Saturday 29 September in their diaries. That’s the date for the 2018 AFL Grand Final, the match that will crown the winners of the 2018 AFL premiership.
The toils of a long, hard season will come down to just one game and it’s the drama that the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground guarantees that makes AFL Grand Final Cup betting so popular among punters.
Guide to AFL Grand Final Betting 2018
For fans of the two teams to make it all the way to the MCG, 29 September will be one of the most memorable days of their lives (for good or for bad). But even if your team doesn’t make the cut the best bookies offer a host of AFL Grand Final odds to keep things interesting.
You can bet on the team you think will win the AFL Grand Final throughout the season thanks to the futures markets offered by the best bookies. When it comes to the final week of the season and the Grand Finalists are known, these markets are replaced by the head-to-head market for the match itself.
AFL Grand Final odds come in many more formats than simply backing the winner though.
Although the betting is usually tighter in the Grand Final than in a regular season match, those who feel confident about their pick can make more profit by heading to the handicap markets. Also known as line markets, these effectively give one team a head start which the other must overcome.
As well as the handicap markets you can make more profit from the team you have picked by betting on the winner of individual quarters, getting involved in the half time/full time market and the winning margin of each half and/or quarter.
Scoring markets such as the first scoring play of each quarter or the last scoring team create more team betting markets but at Aussiefreebet.com.au we also focus our AFL tipping around player markets.
You can bet on the first goalscorer in the AFL Grand Final (who will kick the game’s first goal) and which player will have the most possessions.
Possessions go a long way to deciding which player will be awarded the Norm Smith Medal for the best individual performance in the AFL Grand Final. Betting on who will be awarded the medal by a panel of expert judges is always popular and in recent years the betting has been offered in-play as the match takes place.
AFL Grand Final cup betting is now available in-play which is very popular but many punters love the betting options that take place in the week leading up to the match at the MCG.
The most popular of these betting markets is on who will win the Brownlow Medal. This is awarded to the player judged to be the “best and fairest” by AFL umpires and is the most prestigious individual award in the sport.
As well as AFL betting odds on the Brownlow Medal, you can also bet on who will be win the Rising Star Award. This is judged by the same criteria as the Brownlow Medal but can only be won by players aged under 21 who have played less than 10 AFL games by 1st January of that season.
AFL Grand Final Predictions for 2018
- The Richmond Tigers are the defending AFL premiers having defeated the Adelaide Crows in the 2017 Grand Final. It’s no surprise that the bookies have the Tigers as the favourites for back to back success given the way they dismissed Adelaide in last year’s final. At the time of writing, the Tigers are sitting top of the AFL ladder and are playing some very good footy at the moment. Clearly a lot can happen in the Finals Series but it’s tough to argue that Richmond are not worthy favourites.
- Collingwood are the next team to keep an eye on. It’s typically tight at the top of the AFL ladder but Nathan Buckley’s men have a great combination of physical and mental strength which could take them all the way so the Magpies are a team that you should seriously consider for your AFL Grand Final cup betting.
- The Sydney Swans were one of the stories of the 2017 AFL season. They recovered form a horror start to blitz through the competition and book a place in the Finals Series. Without the need for such an energy sapping run in 2018 the Swans should be fitter and fresher when it comes to the final four weeks of the season. Keep Lance Franklin fit and firing and Grand Final glory is a real possibility for the Swans.
- The Geelong Cats were beaten by both the eventual 2017 AFL Grand Finalists in last year’s Finals Series. It appeared as though the Cats just ran out of steam at the wrong time but hopes are high they can put things right in 2018 and win the premiership for the first time since 2011. Some believe that 2018 will be a transition season for the Cats after several stalwarts left at the end of the last campaign. But, that gives the young stars in the Geelong ranks the chance to shine and it’s a chance they may just take.
- The West Coast Eagles are the surprise story of the 2018 AFL season to date. The Eagles began the campaign as $41 long shots to win the Grand Final and were a general $2.50 just to make it to the Finals Series. Adam Simpson and his players clearly haven’t read the script though at they are pushing Richmond all the way for the minor premiership. It remains to be seen whether the Eagles can continue to hack the pace but the players are growing in confidence all the time so could just ride their momentum all the way to the MCG on 29 September.
AFL Grand Final Cup 2018 Odds
The AFL never goes to plan. There is always at least one team who makes a mockery of the pre-season odds to make a charge for the Finals and the same is true at the other end of the ladder with teams mysteriously failing to live up to the billing.
At just over the midway point of the home-and-away season and this is how the AFL Grand Final odds are shaping up:
AFL Grand Final 2017
There is no doubt that the Adelaide Crows were the best team throughout the 2017 AFL season. Full value for the minor premiership, the Crows were the overwhelming favourites to kick on and win the Grand Final.
Everything went to plan with thumping wins over GWS Giants and Geelong but the Crows simply froze at the MCG. Whether it was the physicality of the Richmond Tigers or incredible support of the Tiger Army on the day, Adelaide could not live with Richmond and ended up losing by almost 50 points.
Richmond finished third in the ladder so it was hardly a shock that the Tigers won the AFL Grand Final but the nature of their victory last September took even seasoned AFL pundits by surprise.
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