Regular and reliable. That is Richmond winning at the MCG. And the punters know it. Yet again, the yellow and black did away with a challenger on their home patch, in turn firing more shots across the bow of likely premiership challengers.
The Tigers victory over Port Adelaide was a monster result for punters and another victory which prompted the bookies to shorten them up again for the flag.
For a number of years now, the Bombers have gotten worse as the season progresses, but 2019 seems to be the outlier and punters are yet to catch on.
Four consecutive wins for Essendon has them intrenched in the eight and the most recent of those wins, over Adelaide on Friday night, was comfortably the best result for bookmakers in round 18.
FIRST GOAL FRUSTRATION
Tom Lynch returned to senior footy and was well-found as a first goal kicker on Friday night.
He paid $13 but, aside from the Crows forward, it was a bad weekend for first goal bettors with the average price being in excess of $40.
He has been dubbed THE YES MAN by our bookmakers in a nod to Jim Carey’s 2008 cult hit.
This punter clicked YES for both teams to score 50+ points in the final eight matches of round 18.
It wasn’t massive odds ($5.19) nor a huge return ($1297.50 for $250) but for the quirky nature of it, we decided it was the multi of the week for round 18.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Geelong apparent failure to return from its bye round a month ago as well as Richmond’s continual improvement has seen things tighten up at the top of Ladbrokes premiership market.
The Cats eased back to $4.00 with the Tigers now sitting on the second line of betting, replacing West Coast.
The Magpies drifted to their biggest price of the season, whist an unlikely Lions premiership continues to gather momentum.
Geelong – $3.50 > $4.00
Richmond – $6.00 > $4.50
West Coast – $4.75 > $5.00
Collingwood – $5.50 > $7.50
Brisbane – $10.00 > $9.00
GWS Giants – $17.00 > $11.00