2020 Brownlow Medal Tips & Preview

Footy’s night of nights turns into footy’s biggest zoom meeting of the year.

This is the Brownlow Medal – 2020 style.

While we would prefer to call it the Lachie Neale Testimonial Night, there’s still plenty of value to be found in our vast and plentiful offerings of Brownlow medal markets.

 

So brace yourself for the phrase “L.Neale – 3 Votes” to be said many, many times, some buffering issues as football’s elite deal with Australia’s elite internet speeds and for Lachie Neale to take Charlie (not Cameron) home at the end of the night.

Brownlow Medalist
Lachie Neale @ $1.25

When it comes to backing a winner, we here in the Neds content team are not afraid to make the big calls and we’re going out on a limb in this one.

SPOILER ALERT:

Lachie Neale will WIN THE 2020 BROWNLOW MEDAL.

You read it here first.

He’s played all 17 games for the mighty Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds) averaging 27 disposals a game.

If anything, the Brownlow will be a forgone conclusion by about Round 10 in our books.

Neale is at Winx-like odds to win the medal and if he doesn’t it’ll be the biggest robbery since Anthony Koutofiedies in 2000 when Shane Woewodin took the medal.

I really can’t see an upset happening, neither can the punters.

He’s not even a dickhead around the umpires who give out the votes and to be honest, the umps probably just fill in L-Neale 3 votes on their Brownlow voting form before any match involving the Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds) gets underway.

On behalf of all of the team here at Neds – proud sponsors of the Brisbane Lions, we congratulate Lachie Neale on taking home the 2020 Brownlow medal.

Winner without Lachie Neale
Travis Boak @ $3.25

Much like races involving Winx back in the day, this is the market where there’s actually a bit of value to be found.

There has never been quite a race to be the Brownlow bridesmaid like this one.

Could Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield become the second man in the history of the game to get three-second place finishes in the count?

Christian Petracca has had a great season for Melbourne, despite the Dees being well – the Dees.

He could also do a Woewodin and become another Melbourne player to rob the actual deserved winner of the medal on the night, but he’s more likely to be a bridesmaid.

St.Kilda’s Jack Steele at a sneaky $6.50 is not a bad bet.

The Giant turned Saint has had a stellar season in 2020 averaging 21.9 disposals and having shaken off the tag, had some brilliant performances and should jag himself a few three-vote games.

However, Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak is as good as the best bet you can make to finish second to Lachie Neale in the Brownlow.

The Power games record holder has had a brilliant season, if not his best yet.

Averaging more than 23 disposals, along with five clearances, four inside 50s and just under four tackles – Boak has played more than a vital role in getting Port Adelaide to top of the ladder.

Boak is a proven vote-getter – 21 votes in 2014, 16 in 2015 and got 16 last year with Port winning only 10 games.

He’s just picked the wrong year to have a Brownlow medal-winning season and will have to settle for being Lachie Neale’s understudy.

Top 3
Jack Steele @ $3.50

The Saint has had without doubt a career-best season and played a major role in getting St.Kilda back playing finals football.

Jack Steele got under 20 disposals just twice this season but still had an impact in those matches with his defensive pressure.

Along with being consistent and showing leadership on the ground – which should gain the attention of the umps, I’m expecting Steele to poll plenty of votes, jag a fair few 3-vote games and be right up there in the final vote tally.

Top 5
Patrick Dangerfield @ $4

Come Brownlow night, Patrick Dangerfield would hope he’s finally getting ready to play in a Grand Final.

However, being a proud sponsor of the mighty Brisbane Lions we hope poor old Paddy will have to wait for 2021 for that to be the case.

The 2016 Brownlow Medalist has averaged over 20 disposals a game for the Cats this season and has time after time found himself in the AFL’s elite.

Factoring in an eighth All-Australian and being named captain of the team for the very first time, 2020 has been yet another outstanding season for the Geelong superstar and he’ll poll plenty of votes as he always does.

Top 10
Nat Fyfe @ $2

Fyfe played 14 out of a possible 17 games for Freo this season averaging 21.4 disposals and while he won’t go back to back he’ll still poll a fair few votes.

As Freo got better later in the season, Fyfe just kept on keeping on.

A season worthy of a top 10 Brownlow finish.

best bet
Top 20
Trent Cotchin @ $21

The Richmond skipper has had an outstanding season on the field with consistently good performances week after week for the Tigers.

Constantly named in Richmond’s best, don’t rule out the 2012 Brownlow medalist finding himself sneaking into the top 20.

I don’t hate the $21 odds either.

Winning Margin
3 to 4 votes @ $4.50

Come Round 14, Lachie Neale will be putting the finishing touches on his Brownlow acceptance speech.

Sure there might be a bit of a race for the second spot, especially if you have a wager on that market but the result should be beyond doubt by about Round 16.

Mind you Lachie Neale will have won it by Round 4 in our eyes.

3 to 4 votes keeps it interesting but is a solid buffer for our man Lachie.

Leader After Round 5
L. Neale @ $1.20

Lachie Neale stats Round 1 -5

R1 v Hawthorn – 26 disposals
R2 v Freo – 29 disposals
R3 v West Coast – 32 disposals
R4 – Adelaide – 31 disposals
R5 – v Port 29 disposals

Like the medal itself, this is a forgone conclusion.

He’ll probably poll 3 votes even after kicking 6 behinds against the Crows in Round 3.

Most 3 Vote Games
Neale, Lachie @ $1.55

Have a shot every time Gill says the phrase “Brisbane – L. Neale – 3 votes”

Just make sure it’s nothing alcoholic for your own health, safety and wellbeing.

He’s won every other award, just save us all the count and give the medal to him I say.

Player to Poll In Most Games
Player who wears number 9 for the Brisbane Lions @ $1.45

Now this will come as a shock to you all, but we think Lachie Neale from the Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds) will be the player that polls in most games.

If he doesn’t then the umpires have officially declared they know nothing about the game.