2014 AFL Grand Final Betting Preview

The AFL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on the Australian sporting calendar and the 2014 edition is set to be a ripper with the Sydney Swans taking on the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG on Saturday.

The Swans and the Hawks have been the two best teams in the AFL over the past three years and extra spice has been added to this rivalry following the defection of former Hawks star Lance Franklin to Sydney in the offseason.

Our team of sports betting experts have analysed a range of different betting markets for the massive clash to give you a complete 2014 AFL Grand Final Betting preview.

Head To Head Betting

The Sydney Swans ($1.50) have been heavily backed throughout the week and they are clear favorites to defeat Hawthorn ($2.50) and record their second AFL Premiership in as many seasons.

Sydney have played flawless football during the 2014 AFL Finals Series to date and deserve their status as favourites, but there is not that big of a difference between the quality of the two sides.

Hawthorn have won four of their past five meetings with Sydney and they edged out a narrow win over the Swans in Round 18, while the Hawks historically have an excellent record in Grand Finals.

There is not as big a gap between these two teams as the odds suggest and Hawthorn are definitely over the odds at their current quote of $2.50.

The Bet:  Back Hawthorn To Win ($2.50 @ Ladbrokes.com.au)

1st Goal Kicker Betting

The 1st Goal Kicker betting market is always one of the most exciting and there is plenty of value on offer due to the number of quality forwards that will be contesting the 2014 AFL Grand Final tomorrow.

Lance Franklin ($7) and Any Other Player ($7) are locked in a battle for favouritism in 1st Goal Kicker betting markets, while there has also been betting support for Jarryd Roughead ($8.50), Kurt Tippett ($9) and Jack Gunston ($11).

There is a great deal of value in this betting market and we have found a couple of players at longer odds that are every chance of getting their side off to a great start in the 2014 AFL Grand Final.

The Bet: Back Luke Parker ($15 at Ladbrokes.com.au) and Cyril Rioli ($17 at Ladbrokes.com.au to kick the first goal.

Norm Smith Medal Betting

Unlike the Brownlow medal, the Norm Smith Medal is not dominated by midfielders and there is always plenty of value in betting markets.

Hawks defender Brian Lake won the 2013 Norm Smith Medal at big odds and is currently available at $51 to become the first player since Andrew McLeod in 1998 to win the Norm Smith Medal in back-to-back years, while Swans trio Josh Kennedy ($8), Lance Franklin ($8) and Luke Parker ($9) are favourites.

We believe that there are a couple of big game players at good odds that are capable of leading their side to victory to claim the 2014 Norm Smith Medal.

The Bet: Back Kieren Jack ($15 @ Ladbrokes.com.au) and Shaun Burgoyne ($26 @ Ladbrokes.com.au) to win the 2014 Norm Smith Medal.

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