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Published: 17.01.2017

Hawthorn v Freemantle AFL Grand Final Betting Guide

It’s the big AFL Grand Final this Saturday it promises to be some contest, with Hawthorn and Freemantle going head-to-head at the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Hawthorn are looking in good shape ahead of the showpiece encounter and this is reflected in the betting, They are the red-hot favourites with the bookmakers and the best price at the time of writing is the 3/5 with Ladbrokes.

If you want to back Western Australia outfit Freemantle, they are 11/8 with Stan James and in a two-horse race, these odds are tempting. It is a Grand Final after all.

The favourites are in great form, making it six wins on the trot on Friday night after they finally beat Geelong after so many times of trying. The Hawks had lost their previous 11 encounters against the Cats, and after trailing by 20 points at three-quarter time it looked as though Geelong  would make it 12 on the bounce.

But, on the back of outstanding individual performances from Sam Mitchell, Shaun Burgoyne and Jack Gunston, the Hawks dug deep in the final term to clinch a five-point win in one of the greatest finals in recent history.

Mitchell was irrepressible with 38 disposals (14 contested), 11 clearances and eight inside 50s. Burgoyne was just as good with 24, six tackles and three goals while Gunston stood tall with 21 and four goals after star forwards Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead were well held.

Hawthorn has selected Jonathan Simpkin to replace the injured Brendan Whitecross in its team for Saturday’s grand final.

Simpkin’s selection comes after he was best afield for the Hawks’ VFL affiliate Box Hill in its grand final win on Sunday, which now gives him the chance to play in two premierships six days apart.

It will be the 25-year-old’s first AFL match since round 20 and just the 18th of his career. The hard-running midfielder-forward has had to battle enormously hard for his chance.

First rookie-drafted by Sydney ahead of the 2006 season, Simpkin did not play a senior match in his two years with the Swans before being delisted at the end of 2007.

He joined Geelong’s VFL side in 2008 and was eventually rookie drafted by the Cats ahead of the 2011 season.

Meanwhile, Fremantle has named an unchanged side. They escaped their preliminary final against Sydney unscathed, although Luke McPharlin and Michael Johnson seemed to require extra attention to their calves late in the match.

Garrick Ibbotson (Achilles), Clancee Pearce (Achilles), Anthony Morabito (knee), Jonathon Griffin (knee) and Kepler Bradley (knee) will all have to watch on from the sidelines.

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