They will be best mates turned rivals this Saturday night when they square off, but it’s a safe bet new Swan Buddy Franklin will have the last laugh when he goes up against Jarryd Roughead at the MCG.
With his recent form suggesting he will be hard to contain, Buddy is priced at $2.25 with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au to kick more goals that Roughy this weekend.
But if the Hawks defenders can control Buddy it’s not without hope that Roughead can find the big sticks, priced at $3.25 to kick more than Franklin and $3.00 for there to be a tie.
In match betting, the Swans remain favourite at $1.76, but money over the last 24 hours has come for the Hawks, seeing their price firm from $2.15 into $2.10.
“All eyes will be on Buddy and probably the safest bet ever is that the Hawks fans will give him a hard time whenever he gets near the ball. If he and Roughy catch up for a beer after the game, the odds suggest Buddy will have the bragging rights,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
$2.25 Lance Franklin to kick more goals
$3.25 Jarryd Roughead to kick more goals
(Prices in brackets from Wednesday 23 July)
$2.10 Hawthorn (in from $2.15)
$1.76 Sydney (out from $1.73)