The Cats and Roosters kept marching on while some other sides came crashing back down to Earth very quickly over the weekend. We take a look at how the footy betting market performed.
Round 7 of the AFL is done, and the market still can’t catch the Cats…
Geelong maintained their near-perfect record, comfortably dealing with Essendon by 32 points. The closing line had them just 10.5 points ahead, but the Cats beat it with ease – not for the first time this year.
The big losers of the round were the Blues. After a season of impressive results, things took an ugly turn for Carlton as they were smashed by fellow cellar-dweller North Melbourne.
By far the biggest individual surprise, however, was the Bulldogs. The market actually gave them a 14.5 head start against Richmond… not that they needed it! They smashed Richmond by 47 points in a stunning performance led by rising star Aaron Naughton.
Just like their feline counterparts in the AFL, the Roosters continued their competition dominance in another strong performance.
Despite that dominance, the bookies continues to underrate them and Roosters punters are taking full advantage.
The gritty Sea Eagles continue to surprise despite their injury woes, while last year’s wooden spooners Parramatta are also vastly improved in 2019.
At the other end, the Panthers now sit clear on the bottom with just one cover from their eight matches to date. The market has beaten them by a whopping 60.5 points so far.
The outlier here is the Bunnies, who sit 9th on the line ladder despite being 2nd in the competition. They have a +41 differential compared to the market, but have only covered in three of their eight games. That tells us that when they cover, they do a monster job of it, and when they miss, it’s only narrowly.