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Apollos fly high but bookies stand by Hotshots for Alliance of American Football title

Leigh Copson 14 Feb 2019
(Photo: Alliance Of American Football/AAF.com)

The Orlando Apollos may have caught the eye on the opening weekend of the inaugural Alliance of American Football, but the bookmakers remain convinced that the Arizona Hotshots will be the rookie league’s first ever champions.



The AAF’s debut season got underway over the course of last weekend and unlike the old XFL that lasted one season back in 2001, the new American Football league has received warm reviews thanks to good football played on the field.

Orlando led the charge on Saturday night as they lived up to the pre-season tag of contenders with a 40-6 demolition of the Atlanta Legends.

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw two touchdowns passes and wide receiver Jalin Marlin also threw for a score as head coach Steve Spurrier called for his take on the ‘Philly Special’, and after an impressive showing they have shortened to +400 to win the first AAF Championship at bet365.


However, that superb performance was not enough to persuade the bookmakers to abandon the Arizona Hotshots, who rode a third-quarter scoring burst to a 38-22 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions and have now shortened to +240 to lift the trophy at the end of April.

The Stallions, who had been +400 second favourites last week, have now drifted out to +700, meaning they are now behind the +450 San Antonio Commanders who made a winning start to their season when Zack Sanchez intercepted the San Diego Fleet quarterback late on to wrap up a 15-6 victory for his team.


The Birmingham Iron are the biggest movers in the market, having gone from worst ranked with the bookies +1200 to joint +450 third favourites alongside San Antonio.

The Iron came up against a strong Memphis defense on opening weekend and needed veteran kicker Nick Novak to boot them to a 9-0 half-time lead, but the Express could not get anything going on offense and as their defense wore down Birmingham took advantage.

Trent Richardson ran in a couple of touchdowns to wrap up a 26-0 shutout victory and force the bookies to have a rethink about their championship odds.

Of course, after such a pitiful offensive display Memphis have drifted out to +1000 where they are joined by San Diego, while Atlanta now has the unwanted honour of propping up the outright betting having plummeted all the way out to +1200 from +600 in the wake of that opening day beating.

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