It is Grand Final day in the AFL and just like with the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November, it would be un-Australian to not have a bet.
We have found the three most popular bet types and hopefully the best way to help you put the ‘Grand’ into Grand Final day.
The most important bet type for footy fans across the country is simply who is going to win the game.
The Adelaide Crows have been heavily backed throughout the course of the week, however, the betting outsider has won three of the past five Grand Finals and we anticipate the Tigers ($2.25 with William Hill and Ladbrokes) can roll them.
While great fun, the first goalscorer market is very hard to predict the winner of and if you are getting involved our advice is to bet small and look for value.
Punters look at the Adelaide Crows forward line with the stars like Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Tom Lynch and instantly gravitate towards those players for a first goal. Surprisingly none of the four players mentioned above have kicked the first goal in any of the Adelaide Crows finals matches this September.
The first goal scorer market is the most popular but also the most fickle and unpredictable.
Punters have stuggled to find the first goal scoer in the Crows finals.
The first goal was booted by Giants player Harrison Himmelberg and electric forward Charlie Cameron kicking the first against Geelong.
It has been a similar story for Richmond with small forwards slotting the first major in both their games this September in the form of Jacob Townsend and Kane Lambert.
BEST BET: Jack Riewoldt
VALUE BET: Jacob Townsend
Everything points to the winner of this medal going to a player from the winning side.
While there are examples of players in the losing side winning the Norm Smith Medal such as Chris Judd (2005), Nathan Buckley (2002), Gary Ablett (1989) and Maurice Rioli (1982) the likelihood is that the winning team will produce the medal winner.
The punting tactic is therefore to identify the side you anticipate will win the game and look at some of their players.
Rory Sloane was the best player in the competition for the first half of the year and will again be mighty hard to beat should the Crows win while Dustin Martin has the opportunity to top a year from heaven with another big performance.
BEST BET Rory Sloane ($8 TAB/Sportsbet)
NEXT BEST Matt Crouch ($9.50 Unibet)
ROUGHIE Josh Jenkins ($51 TAB)
BOLTER Andy Otten ($126 Sportsbet)
BEST BET Dustin Martin ($5.50 Ubet and Unibet)
NEXT BEST: Trent Cotchin ($10 Ladbrokes)
ROUGHIE Shaun Grigg ($51 Ubet)
BOLTER Nick Vlastin ($101 Sportsbet)