- AFL line betting: The cream rises to the top… with a couple of exceptions
- NRL line betting: Have you been sucked in by the Bunnies?
The cream is starting to rise to the top of our AFL line ladder. Slowly but surely, the upper positions are being claimed by those near the top of the league ladder: Brisbane, Richmond, GWS, West Coast.
— 7AFL (@7AFL) 4 August 2019
There are of course, exceptions. The glaring one is Carlton, who remain on top despite missing their line on the weekend against West Coast. The market has vastly underrated the Blues this season, as it has with the Bulldogs, who are 11-8 at the line.
On the flipside, Geelong continued their steady drop down the line ladder after a thumping by Fremantle, who were given a 21.5 point headstart but certainly didn’t need it – they won by 34 points. Geelong sat comfortably atop the line ladder for a good stretch this season and have tumbled down the table. They’re well off the boil, and the market hasn’t adjusted yet.
Games to watch this week
- Geelong (-22.5) vs North Melbourne (+22.5). A 22.5 point handicap for a team in Geelong’s form? Kardinia Park isn’t an easy place to go, but you’d have to be tempted by the Roos’ head-start here.
- St Kilda (-5.5) vs Fremantle (+5.5). Two teams that are hard to trust, but not entirely sure that St Kilda should be clear favourites here.
The NRL footy betting ladder sees the Titans sitting well clear at the foot of the standings after 19 games, with their on and off field problems continuing to pile up.
The Bunnies have quickly become a punter’s nightmare this season as well, despite sitting pretty in the top four. They have tumbled to 13th on the line ladder after being touched up by the Sharks over the weekend.
— NRL (@NRL) 3 August 2019
At the other end, Manly and Canberra are the two hottest sides in the league right now, and punters could have cleaned up by backing them in over the past few weeks.
Games to watch this week
- St George (-8.5) take on the Gold Coast (+8.5) in a battle of the line ladder cellar dwellers. The visitors have been nothing short of atrocious this season, but the Dragons haven’t been that much better. Neither side should be all that confident heading in, but 8.5 points is a handy start for the Titans.
- Souths (+4.5) take on the Storm (-4.5) in what looms as a potential finals preview. However the line ladder suggests otherwise, with the Storm sitting 4th and the Bunnies all the way down in 13th. You’d be brave to take the home side at the line in this one, regardless of how appealing it looks at first glance.
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