AFL Ladder Predictor & Betting Tips
We predict where your team will finish this year and give you a tip to follow.
18th – North Melbourne
Incredibly, the Kangaroos have gone from the most experienced team to the least experienced in the space of two years. They still rely on their veterans – Jarrad Waite, Shaun Higgins and Todd Goldstein – and if Father Time catches up to them it could be a long year for the Roos.
Best bet of the season: To Defeat Melbourne In Round 3 ($4.45)
17th – Brisbane
It has been nine years since the Lions last won a Final but the nucleus of their next successful side is starting to show through. Bookends Eric Hipwood and Harris Andrews will lead the team for the next decade while they will unveil 2017 number one pick Cam Rayner early in the season. The future is bright in the Sunshine State.
Best bet of the season: Dayne Beams top 5 Brownlow ($8.20)
16th – Gold Coast
The youngest team in the competition doesn’t play at their home ground until round 11 because of the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be a tough year for new coach Stewy Dew. Look for the Suns to notch a few wins at the end of the season with seven games at Metricon Stadium from round 11 to 22.
Best bet of the season: To defeat North Melbourne in round 1 ($1.85)
15th – Carlton
It was not a profitable off-season for the Blues, losing their two best players - Bryce Gibbs to Adelaide and Sam Docherty to a knee injury. They did get more elite talent through the door though with Paddy Dow set to impact immediately. Carlton now has 18 first-round picks on their list.
Best bet of the season: Patrick Cripps top 5 Brownlow ($6)
14th – Collingwood
It’s hard to see how Collingwood is going to kick enough goals to win many games. Their forward line has been depleted with injuries and their best tall Darcy Moore is going to be played in the backline.
Best bet of the season: To Miss The Finals ($1.63)
13th – West Coast
The retirements Of Sam Mitchell and Matt Priddis has left a void in the Eagles engine room. The pressure will be on Jack Redden and Brendon Ah Chee to fill the shoes of the two Brownlow Medallists. One thing that West Coast has is some exciting young talent - the Eagles have 16 players eligible to win the Rising Star Award, four more than any other side.
Best bet of the season: To Miss The Finals ($1.50)
12th – Fremantle
The Dockers had a productive off-season and you know that any Ross Lyon team is going to be hard to score against. A fit Nat Fyfe will win a couple of games by himself while you could do worse than have a few coins on Andrew Brayshaw to win the Rising Star Award.
Best bet of the season: To Defeat Essendon in Round 2 ($2.12)
11th – Essendon
It is sometimes easy to forget that the Bombers haven’t won a final since 2004. Even Melbourne has won a final more recently! We don’t see that changing this year, despite their high-profile recruits, Essendon’s engine room is not good enough yet for September success.
Best bet of the season: To Miss The Finals ($2.05)
10th – Western Bulldogs
Who are the real Bulldogs? The intense premiership winning Dogs of 2016 or the lackluster pups of last season. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. If they can get the best out of recruits Josh Schache and Jackson Trengove, that would allow their best player Marcus Bontempelli to play more in the midfield where he is most damaging.
Best bet of the season: To Miss The Finals ($1.80)
9th – Melbourne
Yes, Melbourne should make the finals this year. But this is the same Demons team that couldn’t beat a Collingwood side that didn’t even want to win in round 23 last season and missed the finals. The talent is there but not the mental toughness yet.
Best bet of the season: To Miss The Finals ($2.25)
8th – Richmond
History says that when a team reaches the top of the mountain before they thought they would and win a premiership like the Tigers did in 2017, they don’t play finals the following season. Look at the Dogs of 2017, the Hawks of 2009 and Bombers of 1994. We think they may buck the trend, but only just.
Best bet of the season: To Miss The Finals ($4)
7th – St Kilda
We think the Saints can surprise a few this season. Only Melbourne has more players aged between 21-24 on their list so there is huge scope for improvement. Look for players such as Blake Acres, Jade Gresham, Jack Sinclair and Jack Steele to drag the Saints back into finals contention for the first time since 2011.
Best bet of the season: To make the top 8 ($2.80)
6th – GWS
The loss of Zac Williams (injury) and Nathan Wilson (Fremantle) will decimate the Giants rebound out of defence. Their midfield is that good though, that it might not matter. Everyone is waiting for GWS to become the next superpower, does their reign start here?
Best bet of the season: To Make The Grand Final ($8.50)
5th – Sydney
From round six onwards last year, the Swans were the best side in the competition. They have a host of young stars that will improve in 2018, namely Isaac Heeney, Callum Mills, Oli Florent and Tom Papley. The concern is their Ruck department with the shock retirement of Kurt Tippett coupled with the knee injury of Sam Naismith leading the choices thin.
Best bet of the season: To Make The Grand Final ($5.75)
4th – Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide will be the most interesting team to watch this season after their trading frenzy. They have the talent to go all the way but just remember, the Power did not beat one single side in the top eight last season.
Best bet of the season: Top 4 ($2.75)
3rd – Hawthorn
You just know that crazy Clarko has been plotting something big all pre-season after missing the finals for the first time since 2009. The Hawks never stay down the ladder for long so don’t be surprised to see them contend again.
Best bet of the season: Top 4 ($6.50)
2nd – Geelong
Geelong boast one of the best on-ball trios the game has ever seen in Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett. Those three, coupled with nine matches at their fortress in Geelong makes finals a certainty for the Cats.
Best bet of the season: Premiership ($9)
1st – Adelaide
The Crows will be keen to make amends after being embarrassed on Grand Final Day. Let’s not forget how good this team actually is - only Geelong has won more home and away matches over the past two seasons. Add in favourite son Bryce Gibbs returning home to bolster an already potent midfield and there is no reason why the Crows can’t go one better in 2018.
Best bet of the season: Matt Crouch to win the Brownlow ($29)