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AFL PREMIERSHIP PICTURE VARIES WILDLY FROM SEASON’S BEGINNING

We have been tracking, albeit casually, the futures market for the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition. This is the latest update.

Here is how things stand from the top to the bottom line.

Richmond was fifth favourite at the outset of the season but has since improved from a quote of $8.50 to $2.75, a significant gain in expectations. Port Adelaide was right behind them at $9 then and remains right behind them now at $7.

Next come the Collingwood club, which has risen from $26 and 11th to $7.50 and the third line.

Sydney has lengthened by $2 from $6 to $8, but that has seen them moved from the second line down to fourth currently.

Geelong started off at $7.50, but has lengthened to $10 while dropping from the fourth to the fifth line.

The West Coast Eagles have jumped into the sixth slot at $10 after starting the season from 13th at $34.

The Demons have made progress, rising from eighth at $15 to seventh at $13.

The Hawthorn Hawks are unchanged from the beginning in terms of price, $21, but they have risen from ninth pre-season to eighth currently.

The Greater Western Sydney Giants have underwhelmed in 2018. Ahead of the bounce, they were fancied third at $6.50, but now find themselves a $26 chance on the 14th line.

Next comes the North Melbourne Kangaroos in 15th at $41, a vast improvement from before the season, when they were in the 17th position carrying a price of $126.

Essendon was fancied before premiership play started, offering a quote of $13 and the seventh line, but they have fallen off the precipice into 16th and a triple-digit quote of $101.

The scraggly Crows have gone from the top at $5 to second last at $151 and it has been some time since Adelaide has been in that realm.

The final club with a premiership futures quote from Ladbrokes is the Fremantle Dockers, who went into the season at $41 though in 15th on the list. They are now 13th at $501.

The Carlton Blues, along with the Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns, St Kilda Saints and the Western Bulldogs are no longer on offer, for good reasons, it would seem.

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