Here we are on the eve of another AFL season and as usual betting on the Brownlow Medal will be just as big as ever, if not bigger in season 2014.
It promises to be one of the toughest seasons in recent memories to pick the Brownlow Medal winner with so many contenders battling it out for the highest individual honour in the AFL.
Gary Ablett will be looking to go back to back, but only once in the past 39 years has a player gone back to back, that being Robert Harvey in 1997-98, so it is unlikely Ablett will be able to back up again as he may struggle to poll as well as he did last year.
So who does that leave in contention for the 2014 Brownlow Medal? Plus who is the best online bookmaker to bet with for the Brownlow this season? Well you have come to the right place as all that will be covered in this article.
Brownlow Medal Tips
To get straight to the point, I think the best bet for the 2014 Brownlow Medal is Geelong superstar Joel Selwood. He is as consistent a poller as you’ll get over the past several years and he fell agonisingly short last year, finishing on 27 votes and one off Ablett.
If he puts in an effort even remotely close to last year then he will definitely be a major contender. At $12.00 preseason he is a super priced bet and is my best bet, especially if Geelong continue their winning ways this year as they are expected too.
Another popular pick is Fremantle star Nathan Fyfe. Last year Fyfe missed two games through suspension and missed the final round as he was rested, yet he still polled 18 votes. He is now a high profile player capable of splitting a game open, plus he is the type of player who attracts Brownlow Medal votes. He represents decent value.
You cannot go past the Collingwood partners in crime of Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury. These two attract votes at will and their record on Brownlow Medal night is fantastic, particularly Swan who is a previous winner and came runners up past year by 2 votes.
Of the others, I would recommend taking a closer look at old favourites such as Jobe Watson, Trent Cotchin, Sam Mitchell and maybe the Sydney duo of Daniel Hannebery or Kieran Jack. In my opinion, it will be won by one of the players mentioned above, but Joel Selwood appears the best bet.
Best Bookmaker for the Brownlow Medal
There are plenty of reputable bookmakers in Australia now with many offering a great range of footy markets. If you are a customer that likes claiming free bets, especially around Brownlow Medal time, then a bookie such as Sportsbet or Sportingbet may be for you.
Betstar has been popular in recent times and have offered team leader multis which has attracted many punters, while bookies like Luxbet or Centrebet are known for offering competitive odds.
Happy punting punters!