Star Blue firming to score rare double

Carlton young gun Patrick Cripps.
Carlton young gun Patrick Cripps.

TEAM success might be a distant memory at Carlton but at least one Blue might be on track for some individual glory, with Patrick Cripps' Brownlow medal odds slashed in half by Ladbrokes bookmakers.

Arguably best on ground in the Blues' loss to Collingwood, the contested-ball beast is now a $10 equal third favourite for the medal after opening the round $21.

Cripps shares the third line of Brownlow betting with Eagle Andrew Gaff, who was rated $101 after seven rounds of the season.

Tom Mitchell remains favourite at $2.75 while last year's winner Dustin Martin second elect at $7.

Team wise, Port Adelaide's odds of winning the 2018 AFL premiership have returned to single digits after drifting to a season high $15 just a few weeks ago.

The Power's price was trimmed from $10 to $8 after seeing off fellow top-four aspirant Melbourne on Friday night, a result which has seen the Demons drift for the second time in as many weeks.

With serious questions over their ability to handle high-end opposition, Melbourne has eased from $6.50 to $9 after consecutive losses to top-eight teams Port Adelaide and Collingwood.

Richmond are favourites to claim the 2018 premiership. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Richmond are favourites to claim the 2018 premiership. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images) Adam Trafford/AFL Media

Richmond remains favourite to make it back-to-back premierships and despite not playing at the weekend, had their odds shortened from $4.25 to an equal-season low $3.75.

Sydney eased from $5.50 to $6 despite beating West Coast on Thursday, but the gap between the top two in the market is likely to shrink or widen significantly after they clash at the MCG in three days.

Richmond is an 8.5-point, $1.55 favourite for that match, with the Swans opening $2.30 outsiders.


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