We’re just days out from the season opening match where the AFL will unveil their newest franchise in the GWS Giants. Although we’re likely to see a extremely one sided match it’s always good to watch history in the making with the Giants playing their first match in their debut season.

As we look forward to the weekend, let’s look forward even further as I give you my best bets for season 2012.

Betting in many of the futures markets can be extremely difficult to find a winner but the odds are extremely juicy. If you’re going to have a bet in these markets I suggest making your outlay small.

West Coast had a sensational year in 2011, finishing top 4 and making it to a preliminary final. There pre-season form has once again been strong with no signs of going backwards. The Eagles have a great mix of youth and experienced players but what really like about them is there strength. They have a really good amount of key-position-players and hard bodied players which allows them to match it with the best in the competition.

I’m tipping the Eagles to convincingly finish above any other team outside of Victoria and i think the $2.60 odds for them to do so are quite generous.

Our next pick is for the 2012 Brownlow Medal. As you know this can be hard to pick a day out from the Brownlow count let alone an entire season. You have to worry about injuries and suspensions which can rule your player out. In the case of our tip you really need to worry about the possibility of suspension.

But with the juicy odds of $21 for Lance Franklin to win the Brownlow Medal it’s hard not to have a little something on him. He polled pretty well last year finishing with 20 votes and many are expecting him to only get better this year. He’s absolutely flying at the moment, during the pre-season if he wasn’t getting 25+ touches he was kicking bags of goals and putting on a show. If he can get through the season without getting suspended you’d have t think he’s a chance to take it out.

Our final tip for today is the 2012 Rising Star. Another tough one to pick with so many youngsters coming through thanks to Gold Coast and GWS. 

Gold Coast youngster Josh Caddy is at $12 to win the Rising Star, taken with the 10th pick in the 2010 National Draft, Caddy only managed ot play in the Suns final two games last season due to injury – but he impressed.

At the end of 2011 Caddy requested a trade to Essendon to be close to his ill father and rest of his family but the Suns & Essendon couldn’t agree to a deal keeping Caddy at the Suns. If Caddy can stay on the park this season I think he’s a big chance to take home the Riding Star.

Do you agree or disagree with any of my tips? Comment below & tell me what you think.

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