Does a team’s run of luck with the whistle equate to improved fortunes on the field?
Well judging by how the Footy Prophet’s AFL Free Kick Ladder looks after Round 18, there is no correlation between a team’s performance and how they fare with the umps.
Only one of the teams currently in the top eight on the actual ladder feature in the top eight of our free kick ladder, with Melbourne currently eighth on our FK ladder.
In fact, three of the bottom four teams on our Free Kick ladder are inside the top four on the AFL ladder, while the other team, Geelong, have spent much of the year in the FK Ladder cellar.
The other team in the bottom four is the form team of the competition, Sydney, who are currently sixth, but look a major chance to feature in the top four by year’s end.
Round 18 saw the top three teams on the ladder, Adelaide, Geelong and GWS all concede more than 30 free kicks. It’s rare that any team concedes that many penalties in a game and the Crows-Cats game featured the most amount of free kicks in a game since Round 2, 2016.
The big mover in the FK Ladder in recent weeks has been Brisbane, who have advanced five places in the past fortnight after back to back wins in the FK department.
Collingwood are now clear on top having won their FK count against the West Coast Eagles by a considerable margin of 24-14. That was the Magpies’ third FK win in succession.
The defending FK champion, Western Bulldogs, sit in second place having also won their FK count by a large margin, 24-23, over Gold Coast.
Footy Prophet’s AFL Free Kick Ladder:
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