While the Australian sports calendar turns it face towards cricket, football and the November Tests, Aussie Football League can be somewhat forgotten about over the arid summer months Down Under.
The AFL boasts a special place in Australian sports fans’ hearts and when the whistle blows on the Grand Final there is certainly a malaise of disappointment that it’s all over for another year.
The same is clear in the online betting world, where punters on Betfair enjoy nothing more than a good bet on the game. But now the offseason has begun it’s difficult to get up for the sport with so many other distractions available.
However, if you’re serious about betting with Betfair on the AFL then November is the perfect time to begin your season. Trades are flying around, contracts being resigned, dropped, and ripped apart; there’s even the odd coach moving territories. This week the 2014 fixture list is released and that will only get the mouth watering more.
So what is install for us next season? 2013 premiers Hawthorn are a sure-fire bet to place within the top three once again and with Will Langford and Jon Ceglar expected to be promoted to the senior side it’s clear their conveyor belt of talent shows no signs of slowing down.
Geelong, meanwhile, completed four deals on the AFL trade deadline to bolster their chances of making the Finals series. Fremantle, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate after releasing five players alongside Jayden Pitt’s retirement.
The biggest tip when betting early on the AFL is to research your team and perusing Thursday’s fixture list is a good place to start. If rumours are correct Geelong will play almost all their home games at night, which could affect traveling sides and bolster home support inside Simonds Stadium.
It’s little nuggets of knowledge like this that can make all the difference.