Footy: Best Bets for AFL 2020 Round 2
With the return of footy this Thursday, sportsbooks are offering some generous odds on the teams expected to crack the top eight. Specifically: the Geelong Cats, Brisbane Lions, Sydney Swans, Richmond, West Coast, GWS, and Collingwood, among others. So, what are the lines like for footy fans in AFL 2020 Round 2?
According to Neds Sportsbook and TAB, the Cats are expected to get to the top four. Meanwhile, the Swans are expected to make the top eight as a wild card. Of course, there’s a slight dampener on the season; the current global pandemic. AFL officials are already taking steps, but will it be enough?
Teams have been training for a few weeks now and will be tested weekly for the virus. Also, all officials and other members of the sides will be screened. However, there are still some hurdles for the league in the grand scheme of health and safety.
States are keeping a tight lid on gatherings, though the clubs are expecting to open the doors to fans. So, for now, only the two sides and a few journalists will be watching this week’s matches as the season picks back up.
Still, the AFL is willing to “embrace” looser restrictions if infection rates remain stable.
AFL 2020 Round 2 Odds
So, what about the odds for bettors who’ve missed watching footy? Well, here are the lines we’ve gotten exclusively from Neds:
Collingwood vs. Richmond – Thursday
Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn – Friday
AFL 2020 Round 2: Brisbane Lions vs. Fremantle – Saturday
Carlton vs. Melbourne – Saturday
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide Crows – Saturday
Gold Coast Suns vs. West Coast Eagles – Saturday
|Gold Coast Suns||5.25|
|West Coast Eagles||1.15|
AFL 2020 Round 2: GWS Giants vs. North Melbourne – Sunday
Sydney Swans vs. Essendon – Sunday
St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs – Sunday
Expectations past AFL 2020 Round 2
It’s been a hard year for sports betting and fans as Australia and other nations shut borders and went indoors. Currently, there are 5 million global coronavirus cases, though we’re hanging on just over 7000 positive cases and more than 6000 recoveries. But, it won’t hurt to be careful, as the virus is considered to be extremely infectious.
In recent comments, the World Health Organisation has warned that we’re facing the first peak of infections, not just the first wave. And, based on estimates, COVD 19 will be with us for the next couple of years. So, Australia has to be careful as it reopens sports and other activities.
Hopefully, though, the season can go ahead with strict health and safety measures.
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