HAWTHORN’S bid to win their fourth premiership in a row took a significant hit over the weekend after it was confirmed Luke Hodge will miss the next month of football with a broken arm.
The Hawks started the season as $3.50 favourites for the 2016 flag with Bet365, but after suffering a bitter defeat at the hands of their rivals Geelong – along with the injury to skipper Hodge – the premiers are now joint favourites with the West Coast Eagles at $5.00.
Geelong’s big win over the Hawks did not go unnoticed with the bookies either, with WilliamHill installing the Cats as third favourites behind the Eagles and Hawks at $6.50.
The Hawks minor premiership odds took a massive tumble too with the news Hodge will miss at least four weeks, with WilliamHill moving them out to third favourite to end the home and away season on top of the ladder.
The West Coast Eagles are $3.25 favourites to win the minor premiership, with the Cats just a shade longer at $3.75.
The Hawks are on the third line of betting with WilliamHill at $5.50.
Collingwood no certainty to make the eight after horror start to the season
COLLINGWOOD’S nightmare round one showing against the Sydney Swans did not go unnoticed by WilliamHill, with the bookmaker winding the Pies out to $3.00 just to make the final eight in 2016.
The fluctuation in the odds came on the back of not only their perplexingly bad performance, but also with the confirmation that Dane Swan will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury sustained in the first quarter in the loss against the Swans.
The news was not great in the short term either with Steele Sidebottom accepting a two week sanction for his head-high bump on Daniel Hannenbury.
Collingwood is at $1.37 with William Hill to miss the final eight in season 2016.
Dangerfield firms as Brownlow favourite after dynamic debut
AFTER one of the best club debuts of all-time Patrick Dangerfield has firmed into the outright favourite for the Brownlow Medal with Crownbet.
The 25-year-old entered the season as a $12.00 chance, but after a career-high 43 possession game for his new club the two-time All-Australian moved in to $5.00 to win his first Brownlow medal.
Gary Ablett’s return to the footy field was just as stellar, with the dual Brownlow medallist tearing Essendon apart in a best on ground performance.
The Suns’ skipper moved to $6.00 with William Hill to win a third league best and fairest.
The big slider in the market was Nat Fyfe.
The 2015 Brownlow medallist was as short as $4.00 heading into the season, but after failing to make an impact in his side’s heavy loss to the Bulldogs Fyfe has blown out to $11.00 with Crownbet.
Josh Kennedy’s Coleman medal odds tighten after his excellent eight
REIGNING Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy’s odds to again top the AFL’s goal kicking tally took a tumble over the weekend after booting a round-high eight goals against the Lions on Sunday.
The former Blue began the season as one of the favourites for the Coleman at $4.30 but after nailing eight majors in an effortless display in front of goal Kennedy has firmed into $2.50 with Centrebet to go back-to-back.
The only other man in single figures is Sydney superstar Lance Franklin, who moved into $5.00 after his four goal effort in his side’s big win over Collingwood.