Where is the love? Punters don’t rate Sydney Swans
Shane Mumford of the Swans in the ruck (Slattery Images)
In 2012, the competition is so close that premiership favouritism changes almost fortnightly. It is one of the most even seasons the AFL has ever seen. The top teams are separated by just four premiership points.
Hawthorn, Carlton, West Coast and Collingwood have all spent time as flag favourites. But where is the love for Sydney?
The Swans have seemingly flown under the radar compared to their more fancied opponents, yet they sit atop the ladder following last night’s thrilling six point win over reigning premiers Geelong.
Sydney have accumulated an impressive hit list which includes victories over heavyweights Hawthorn, Essendon and now the Cats.
However punters are reluctant to back the Swans despite their impressive 9-3 record.
According to Sportsbet.com.au Sydney are fifth favourite to win the flag. Prior to the commencement of this round Sydney were paying $11, behind the likes of Collingwood ($3.75), Hawthorn ($3.75), West Coast ($6) and Adelaide ($7).
One factor that could be scaring punters away from backing the Swans is their MCG hoodoo.
Winless in their last nine starts at the home of football, Sydney will need to improve their record if they are to add to their sole premiership in 2005.
However, on current form, they deserve to be higher up that list.
Over to you, Roarers. How do you rate the Swans chances in 2012?
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