AFL 1 year ago

Bookies have Cats as flag favourites

  • Bookies have Cats as flag favourites

Just eight months after missing out on a finals berth for the first time in nine years, Geelong's 2016 AFL premiership odds have been slashed to just $3 by one bookmaker, with the industry consensus being they are now outright flag favourites.

Most bookies had the Cats priced at $15 during the off-season, unsure of how Chris Scott's side would fare after finishing 10th on the ladder in 2015.

But Geelong's bright 7-1 start to the year, including last Friday's 26-point away win over Adelaide, has reshaped the market.

Off-season recruits Patrick Dangerfield, Zac Smith and Lachie Henderson have all played key roles in the Cats' early-season success.

Dangerfield dominated on club debut and his form is yet to dip, with the superstar a clear Brownlow medal favourite after eight rounds.

Some betting companies have the midfielder a staggering $3.50 chance.

Hawthorn have slipped to second favouritism as they chase a record-equalling fourth straight flag.

Sydney's Luke Parker ($6-7) and Hawks veteran Sam Mitchell ($8-9) are the only other single-figure odds in the Brownlow market.

AFL PREMIERSHIP ODDS

Geelong: $3-5

Hawthorn: $5

Sydney: $5-7

West Coast $7-8.50

North Melbourne: $7.5-8

Greater Western Sydney: $7.50-9

Western Bulldogs: $11-14

BROWNLOW MEDAL ODDS

Patrick Dangerfield (Gee): $3.50-3.75

Luke Parker (Syd): $6-7

Sam Mitchell (Haw): $8-9

Dan Hannebery (Syd): $10-14

Joel Selwood (Gee): $11-16.

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