AFLX launches Thursday night with Port Adelaide and Geelong playing off in the very first match of the inaugural competition. They will compete in a round robin competition alongside four other teams including Adelaide, Fremantle, West Coast and Collingwood. Finding a winner could be tough with a brand new competition, but it should also be equally hard for the bookies to frame a market so we will run through all of the AFLX squads for night one and try to provide the best bets and AFLX tips to get punters off on the right foot with this new fast paced footy!
AFLX Squads | Night One
Collingwood have named a fairly strong line up for their first tilt at AFLX with Steele Sidebottom headlining 8 squad members who played regular games in the 2018 season. Fans will also get to see top 10 draft pick Jaidyn Stephenson line up for the first time in Collingwood colours.
The Cats have named a pretty good side as well with stars Mitch Duncan and Tom Hawkins both selected to play alongside a number of other regular players. While Port Adelaide will field a good mix of experience and youth with new recruits Jack Watts, Jack Trengove and Trent McKenzie all set to play while Robbie Gray will captain the side.
Both Adelaide and West Coast have selected young and inexperienced sides for their matches and Fremantle will be without Nat Fyfe after he withdrew from the squad during the week.
7. Jordan Gallucci, 8. Jake Kelly, 17. Curtly Hampton, 19. Jackson Edwards, 22. Andy Otten, 25. Kyle Cheney, 28. Cam Ellis-Yolmen, 31. Patrick Wilson, 34. Elliott Himmelberg, 35. Matthew Signorello, 37. Paul Hunter, 38. Harry Dear, 39. Tom Doedee, 40. Ben Davis, 42. Alex Keath, 43. Reilly O’Brien, 44. Lachie Murphy, 45. Ben Jarman
11. Jarryd Blair, 14. James Aish, 22. Steele Sidebottom, 24. Josh Thomas, 25. Jack Crisp, 28. Nathan Murphy, 29. Tim Broomhead, 32. Will Hoskin-Elliott, 35. Jaidyn Stephenson, 37. Brayden Maynard, 39. Ben Crocker, 40. Josh Smith, 44. Jack Madgen
2. Griffin Logue, 3. Brandon Matera, 6. Danyle Pearce, 8. Andrew Brayshaw, 9. Bradley Hill, 10. Michael Walters, 11. Tommy Sheridan, 12. Mitchell Crowden, 18. Darcy Tucker, 19. Connor Blakely, 23. Cameron McCarthy, 24. Tom North, 26. Ed Langdon, 28. Brady Grey, 33. Cameron Sutcliffe, 36. Brennan Cox, 38. Luke Ryan, 41. Bailey Banfield, 42. Stefan Giro, 44. Taylin Duman
3. Brandan Parfitt, 10. Daniel Menzel, 11. Tim Kelly, 12. Wylie Buzza, 13. Lachie Fogarty, 21. Jordan Murdoch, 22. Mitch Duncan, 23. Aaron Black, 24. Jed Bews, 26. Tom Hawkins, 27. Sam Menegola, 31. Jordan Cunico, 32. Gryan Miers, 34. James Parsons, 39. Zach Guthrie, 40. Jackson Thurlow, 44. Tom Stewart, 46. Mark Blicavs
9. Robbie Gray, 12. Trent McKenzie, 13. Todd Marshall, 15. Karl Amon, 17. Tom Clurey, 18. Jimmy Toumpas, 19. Jack Trengove, 23. Jack Watts, 24. Kane Farrell, 26. Riley Bonner, 27. Joel Garner, 29. Jasper Pittard, 32. Dougal Howard, 37. Jake Patmore, 40. Jarrod Lienert, 41. Dom Barry, 43. Dan Houston, 44. Cameron Hewett, 46. Sam Gray
10. Jarrod Brander, 14. Liam Duggan, 18. Daniel Venables, 21. Jack Petruccelle, 22. Hamish Brayshaw, 26. Francis Watson, 28. Tom Cole, 30. Jackson Nelson, 32. Ryan Burrows, 33. Brayden Ainsworth, 35. Josh Rotham, 39. Malcolm Karpany, 43. Matt Allen, 44. Willie Rioli, 45. Jake Waterman
Collingwood @ $1.60 (vs Adelaide)
Collingwood @ $1.60 (vs West Coast)
The above odds are taken from Sportsbet.
Taking on two very inexperienced teams, the Magpies should be able to win both of these matches plus they will receive an extra match of rest time over West Coast when heading into their second match. On paper the Magpies lineup should probably be sub $1.20 in these matchups but with the unknown of a new competition the bookies like to keep the odds fairly close, which should provide some decent value for punters. Look to multi the two together if you can find a bookie to accept a same team multi option.