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AFL: Top Grand Final contenders

Collingwood and Port Adelaide look like the teams to beat in the 2023 AFL campaign, but anything could still happen once we get to finals.

The weeks of the regular AFL season are ticking by quickly and it is the Pies and Power who continue to set the pace at the top of the ladder.

They both overcame potential banana skins in week 16 and will take some catching, but there is still time for the chasing pack.

Finishing in the top four is also crucial, rarely does a team failing to do so go on to win the grand final.

The Western Bulldogs were the last team to do it in 2016, so who is looking good for grand final glory in 2023?

Collingwood @ 3.50

Collingwood are priced at 3.50 to win the 2023 grand final and are looking in good shape to go all the way.

The Magpies last won the grand final back in 2010, when beating St Kilda in a replay after the first game finished level.

They did make it to the 2018 grand final before losing to West Coast Eagles and will be looking to end the drought this season.

Collingwood have won 13 and lost just two of their 15 games so far this season.

On paper they faced a difficult to trip to the Gold Coast to face the Suns on Saturday, however, they won by a massive 78 points to show they are at the top of their game right now.

They still have to play Port Adelaide and Brisbane in the remaining games of the season, which will give a good indication of where they are at.

Port Adelaide @ 4.00

Just like Collingwood, Port Adelaide are flying so far this season and have what it takes to go all the way.

The Power also sit 13-2 after 15 games and showed what they are made of with a thrilling four-point win over Essendon at the MCG on Saturday.

The game against Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval on 22nd July will be another big test, but Ken Hinkley’s men are looking very strong.

Port Adelaide have been a regular in finals in recent years, but you have to go way back to 2004 to see when they last won the grand final.

This could be the year to break the drought with the Power priced at 4.00 to win the 2023 grand final.

Brisbane @ 6.00

Brisbane remain the best of the rest for now as they sit third on the ladder with an 11-4 win-loss record from the opening 15 games.

They have been a bit inconsistent this season as the 25-point defeat against lowly Hawthorn a few weeks ago showed.

The Lions have since bounced back with three wins on the spin and smashed Richmond 134-53 on Thursday night.

Finals is all about peaking at the right time and Brisbane should be in the mix to win the grand final.

They won three grand finals on the bounce from 2001 to 2003 and are priced at 6.00 to do it again in 2023.

Melbourne @ 7.00

This crop of Melbourne players know how to win a grand final after taking the top prize in 2021, but they have not kicked on as many would have expected.

Simon Goodwin’s side must first of all clinch a spot in the top four, which would boost their chances of going all the way.

The Demons have been hit and miss this season, but when they click they are capable of beating anyone in the AFL.

They showed that a couple of weeks ago when beating Collingwood by four points, only to lose to Geelong the week after, which sums up their season in a nutshell.

The Demons are priced at 7.00 to win the 2023 grand final.

Geelong @ 10.00

Geelong were the stand-out team in 2022 and deservedly went on to win the grand final when smashing the Sydney Swans.

However, 2023 has been a different story altogether and they have work to do to make the top eight after being held to a 54-54 draw against Sydney on Friday night.

There is time for Geelong to climb the ladder and they have the list to win another grand final if they can click into gear.

The Cats would have to do it the hard way, but Chris Scott’s side cannot be ruled out and they are 10.00 to win the grand final.

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