AFL finals are here, and Collingwood will be marked as the team to beat
Collingwood have been the team to beat throughout the 2024 AFL season and the campaign has come to the crunch
- The Magpies have already clinched the league leaders crown after 24 games.
- Collingwood are chasing their first AFL Premiership since 2010.
- Melbourne await next, in a crucial play off encounter.
- Craig McRae is hoping to inspire the Magpies to a famous triumph.
It has been a memorable season for Collingwood, who have blown away all before them to finish at the top of the AFL table.
Their performances throughout the campaign have been consistent but they are still not deemed to be the absolute favourite with many AFL betting sites to go all the way and lift the Premiership.
Collingwood last won the AFL title back in 2010 and it has been a long and winding road for the Magpies to find themselves back at the top of the tree.
However, the 2023 AFL finals on the horizon, it is now crunch time for Collingwood this term.
A decade of struggle
Back in 2010 as the Magpies lifted the Premiership trophy, very few people would have predicted the barren run they would subsequently endure.
Whilst there have been plenty of near misses, Collingwood have continually come up short, to the extent that their chances of glory this season were played down by old and new betting sites alike.
The 2023 AFL campaign has already been one to remember for Collingwood, for a variety of reasons and how they would love to cap it in style.
The Magpies are $7.50 with Bet365 to win the AFL title.
Individual honours to boot?
Much of the success Collingwood have enjoyed this season has been down to their team ethic, with the Magpies displaying resilience across all areas of the field.
However, one man has stood out throughout the season for his performances and that man is Nick Daicos.
It is hard to believe Daicos is still only 20 years old, and his consistent showings have belied his youth for much of the season.
Recent injuries did threaten to usurp both the seasons of both Daicos and Collingwood, but he is now firmly in Brownlow Medal contention with many major AFL betting apps.
A personal gong would be fitting for Nick Daicos and he is $3.00 with WinnersBet to be crowned the 2023 AFL Brownlow Medal winner.
Degree of caution required?
For all of the compliments that have been firing in for Collingwood, there are plenty of other sides that could well upset the apple cart with many live betting sites.
The Brisbane Lions have been steadily going about their business this term and they seem to be coming good when it matters most, making them one of the sides to keep an eye on at $9.00 with PlayUp.
First final games always set the tone for the rest of the run and for Collingwood, having to open up against Melbourne promises to be a real test of their mettle.
Both sides will be desperate to put down a marker at the MCG and the atmosphere should be stratospheric, with both sides primed to benefit from an opening win.
Melbourne are however the bookies favourites to win the 2023 AFL Premiership at $7.00 with TopSport.