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Dangerfield approaching odds-on in Brownlow betting

Wed, Jun 22, 4:29pm by Bren O'Brien

Star Geelong recruit Patrick Dangerfield could find himself odds-on for this season’s Brownlow Medal should he continue his extraordinary form in the Cats’ match against St Kilda on Saturday night.

Dangerfield has shortened to $2.25 for the AFL’s highest individual honour with Sportsbet, William Hill and Centrebet following his brilliant performances against North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs over the past fortnight.

The former Crow is having his best-ever season in 2016, with career highs in disposals, inside 50s, marks and contested possession. And we are not talking about slight increases, with his disposal average per game up above 31, from a previous career high of 26!

When you consider that he has averaged 22 Brownlow votes in the previous four years and he has improved in all key areas, it’s little wonder he is such a short-priced favourite to take ‘Charlie’ home on the Monday before the AFL Grand Final.

However, those expecting another Dangerfield clinic at Etihad Stadium against the 12th-placed Saints on Saturday need to be aware that St Kilda has been somewhat of a bogey team for Dangerfield.

As a Crow, he averaged just 17.67 possessions in 12 games against the Saints, his lowest average against any side. He has failed to pick up a Brownlow vote in any of those games, making St Kilda one of only two teams he hasn’t polled against in his 167-game career.

The other major consideration is how many votes team-mate Joel Selwood may take from Dangerfield when the 3-2-1s are added up on September 26.

Selwood is second favourite at $7 with Sportsbet and third favourite with other agencies, with Sydney’s Dan Hannebery the other player in single figures.


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