A new era will begin in the AFL on Thursday as AFLX is introduced at Hindmarsh Stadium before additional tournaments are held in Melbourne and Sydney on Friday and Saturday.
AFLX is the AFL’s attempt at finding their own version of Twenty20 – the game is played on a rectangular field, there are only ten players on each team and is played over two 10-minute halves.
We have analysed all 18 clubs set to take place across the three different tournaments and we are confident that we have found the winner in each tournament.
The Adelaide Crows have named an incredibly inexperienced squad for AFLX and despite have the home-town advantage, it is tough to see them being a genuine factor.
Only two players that took part in the 2017 AFL Grand Final have been included and more than half the squad is yet to make their AFL debut.
Collingwood will go into the competition with a fairly-balanced side that includes the likes of Jarryd Blair, James Aish, Steele Sidebottom and Jack Crisp.
They definitely deserve to be considered among the leading contenders, but there current price of $3.75 does seem a touch under the odds considering some of the other squads in this tournament.
Fremantle looked the team to beat when Nate Fyfe was originally included in their squad, but he was quickly ruled out and without him the Dockers actually have a very inexperienced side.
The Dockers went from $4 straight out to $8 following Fyfe’s withdrawal and it would not surprise if they continue to drift as we get closer to the start of the tournament.
Geelong will go into the tournament with a fairly young side, but they still do have a number of players that have AFL experience and should thrive in this format.
Daniel Menzel is a big inclusion for Geelong and he will be keen to impress following a fairly flat second-half of 2017.
Geelong are right in this tournament and look to be the main dangers to Port Adelaide.
Port Adelaide are the team to beat in this AFLX tournament.
Their squad – led by Robbie Gray – is packed full of fit bodies that really should thrive in this format and they have the motivation of playing in front of their home fans.
Gray is the x-factor and the Power really do appeal at their current price of $4.
The West Coast Eagles clearly are not taking this tournament seriously and have no intention of winning.
West Coast have named 11 players that are yet to make their AFL debuts and 21-year-old Liam Duggan will lead the side into the competition.
Back Port Adelaide To Win @ $4