Odds tip in Mitchell’s favour

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JAY CLARK

PA­TRICK Cripps’ stun­ning in­di­vid­ual sea­son is pre­dicted to re­ceive no love from the um­pires in the Brown­low Medal count, ac­cord­ing to Cham­pion Data.

The num­ber-crunch­ers ex­pect Hawthorn ball mag­net and $1.60 favourite Tom Mitchell (29 votes) to take out the pres­ti­gious award nar­rowly ahead of Richmond’s Dustin Martin (28) and su­per­star Cat Pa­trick Danger­field (23).

Richmond cap­tain Trent Cotchin is tipped to present the medal to team­mate Martin in the event he can pull off the mas­sive upset and claim backto-back Brown­lows next week.

Cham­pion Data also has Mel­bourne ace Max Gawn win­ning the bat­tle of the su­per­star ruck­men in sev­enth place with 18 votes, one vote ahead of Colling­wood big man Brodie Grundy.

And West Coast’s An­drew Gaff’s con­tract value is tipped to re­ceive an­other boost, with the North Mel­bourne free agency tar­get slated to come fourth.

But Cripps will be one of the big­gest talk­ing points, with the her­culean ball win­ner widely rated to fin­ish top-five and poll about 20 votes af­ter an in­cred­i­ble sea­son.

The man who won the fifth­most dis­pos­als and sec­ond­most clear­ances in the league is equal fourth-favourite with TAB. But Cham­pion Data have Cripps, 23, fin­ish­ing in 29th place over­all on 12 votes.

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FAVOURED PO­SI­TION: Cham­pion Data ex­pects Hawthorn Hawks’ Tom Mitchell to take out the 2018 Brown­low Medal ahead of Richmond’s Dustin Martin and Gee­long’s Pa­trick Danger­field.

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