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Aussie Rules: Pies and Power the teams to beat

The 2023 AFL campaign has just passed the halfway point of the regular season and it is Collingwood and Port Adelaide who are setting the pace at the top.

But there is a long way to go in the season and a lot can happen over the remaining games as the pressure starts to hot up.

The ladder is tight below the top two and the battle to force your way into the top four and eight and play finals looks set to go right to the wire.

The race for the premiership

Collingwood remain the hot fancies at 3.60 to win the 2023 AFL grand final and from the evidence so far the Pies do look the team to beat.

They have slipped to just two defeats so far this season although one of them did come in the final match before the bye, losing by just four points against Melbourne.

Before that Collingwood had won eight games on the bounce, most of them in convincing fashion, but it will be interesting to see how they respond to the loss against the Demons.

If anyone is to stop Collingwood from going all the way this season, it could be Port Adelaide, who are priced at 4.50 to win the grand final.

Like the Pies, the Power have lost just the two games so far this season but have played a game more and sit four points clear at the top of the ladder.

Ken Hinkley’s side have won the last 11 games on the bounce, the latest of which was a convincing win over the reigning premiers Geelong.

As things stand both Collingwood and Port Adelaide have been a cut above the rest but it is all about peaking at the right time and there are a couple of teams in particular that remain a big danger.

One of those teams is Melbourne, who won the grand final in 2021, and are priced at 5.00 to do it again. 

The Demons have been a bit hit and miss so far this season but they still sit in third spot on the ladder and have the players to go on and win a grand final if they can click.

Brisbane are in the same boat and are priced at 7.50 to go all the way, while Geelong can be backed at 11.00 to defend their crown. 

Who will make the top eight?

The battle to make the top eight again looks set to go right to the wire as the ladder is as tight as can be.

After 14 rounds of action, just eight points separate St Kilda, who sit fifth on the ladder, and Fremantle, who are way down in 13th.

It will come down to who can string a solid run of results together over the remaining rounds of the campaign.

Richmond are one such team. The Tigers looked dead and buried a month ago but following the decision of head coach Damien Hardwick to step aside, they have won three games on the spin to jump to ninth.

They are just two points behind Adelaide in eight spot and are priced at 3.00 to play finals. 

The Crows in eighth are having a great season and are priced at 1.80 to end their finals drought.

Wooden spoon battle

Yet again it seems to be a battle between West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne to avoid the wooden spoon.

Both have struggled this season, but it is West Coast who do not look like adding to the one win they have picked up this season and are priced at 1.10 to have the most losses. 

North Melbourne have run a few teams close and there seems to be more reason for optimism. The Kangaroos are priced at 6.00 to have the most losses.

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