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AFL Betting

aussie-rulesAussie Rules has been the most popular sport in Australia for well over a century now and in terms of betting, it remains one of the strongest in terms of turnover with the Australian bookmakers with millions and millions turned over every year.

The top league is the AFL and it remains one of the most electrifying and exciting sports in the world. Each season eighteen teams battle it out for the AFL Premiership over a gruelling 22 game season, followed by a four week finals series, where the Grand Final decides the winner.

The leading Australian online bookmakers offer in excess of 200 markets for every single match of the season, so there is no shortage of markets to bet on nowadays. This betting guide towards the AFL will hopefully help you if you are new to Aussie Rules.

AFL Betting Guides

premiershipAFL Premiership
Futures betting on the AFL Premiership is hugely popular. It involves backing the winner of the Grand Final in advance, meaning you can get some pretty juicy odds if you get on a team early on in the season each year. [Read More]

finals-seriesAFL Finals Series
The Finals Series is a four week playoff series culminating in the Grand Final in week four. During the season you can bet on which teams will or will not make the top eight, and even bet on which teams will make the four. [Read More]

brownlowBrownlow Medal
Perhaps one of the biggest nights on the AFL calendar now outside of the Grand Final. The Brownlow Medal is absolutely massive for betting and with tons of markets available now, it will continue to get bigger each year. [Read More]

colemanColeman Medal
Awarded to leading goal kicker for the season, every bookmaker will be offering odds on the Coleman Medal through the year. It's a good market to bet on for punters as the odds will fluctuate from week to week. [Read More]

nab-starNAB Rising Star Award
This is the award that goes to the best young rookie of the season and is now a market that bookmakers offer odds on. It is another that fluctuates with players form, so you can get good odds by betting throughout the year. [Read More]

aflTeams Betting
From time to time bookies will offer odds on different teams such as who will lead the goal kicking for each team, or who will poll the most Brownlow votes for each team, among other kinds of specials throughout the year. [Read More]

About the AFL

old-aflAustralian Rules football has origins dating back to 1858, but the current AFL was formed back in 1897 under the name the VFL, with the league changing its name to the AFL in 1990 to represent the introduction of several interstate teams from outside of Victoria.

The current day AFL has eighteen teams and each team plays a total of 22 matches each season, with the top eight making The Finals.

The past twenty years has seen a huge change in the game with many new teams joining the league to make it a more national competition, plus huge money being invested into the game by broadcasters and the media, meaning every match is now televised live. The AFL attracts huge crowds too, in excess of 90,000 to some games making it one of the biggest spectator sports in the globe.

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AFL Bet Types

luke-bruestThere are many different aspects to consider when betting on the AFL. Head to head betting remains the most common bet type and that simply involves just betting on the outcome of the match. The good thing about AFL, unlike soccer, is that there is rarely a draw so you basically only have two outcomes. In the case of a drawn match, you get half your stake back generally.

Many punters enjoy creating multibets on head to head outcomes, that means combining several bets into one bet by multiplying the odds of each match to get big payouts. Then you have bet types such as Line Betting where bookmakers create a points line for each team to cover which effectively makes the match even and giving you better odds.

Margin Betting is now very popular too with punters getting decent odds for backing a team to win by under or over 39.5 points. Then you have a range of different exotic type bet types such as the First Goal Scorer as well as betting on the first team to reach a certain amount, things like this.

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How to Pick Winners

MoneyAhh, this is the age old question. If there was a magic formula, everybody would be a rich man. However there is certain information and trends that you can use to help your make an educated decision.

They say the best offence is a good defence and that certainly rings true in the AFL. Nearly every team that wins the premiership wins it on the back of a strong defence, so look for teams that can grind out results, while not necessarily being a high scoring team themselves.

Given there are two teams in both SA, WA, Qld and NSW, interstate teams are advantaged by having a whole state behind just two teams. So this means a strong home ground advantage and it is usually very tough for travelling teams to come away with wins. This works in reverse though, as interstate teams have to travel every second week.

It also pays to look at head to head record as certain teams have bunnies. For example Geelong have the wood over Hawthorn, Carlton have the wood over Richmond and St Kilda have the wood over Carlton. Those are just several examples, but there are many more.

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