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Orlando Apollos stay AAF favourites despite suffering first defeat

Leigh Copson 18 Mar 2019

The Orlando Apollos are no longer unbeaten, but a first defeat of the season has not dampened the bookmakers’ belief that Steve Spurrier’s side will win the inaugural Alliance of American Football Championship.


The Apollos were flying high heading into Week 6 of the AAF season, performing well on both sides of the football, and they were widely expected to improve to 6-0 at the expense of an Arizona team that had lost three straight and were becoming increasingly in danger of missing out on the postseason despite coming into the rookie campaign as the bookies’ pick to win it all.

The Hotshots desperately needed a victory and they got it thanks to a dominant run game that saw them rack up 179 yards on the ground, with Tim Cook leading the way with 71 yards while Jhurell Pressley chipped in with 57 yards and scored one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown.

That win has stopped the rot and caused the bookmakers to trim Arizona’s outright odds to +400, but they fully expect Orlando to rebound in the coming weeks and despite pushing them out slightly, Unibet is now +125 about the Apollos becoming the league’s first champions this season.

Joining Arizona as joint +400 second favourites are a San Antonio Commanders team that continue to impress on both sides of the football.

Quarterback Logan Woodside threw two touchdown passes, the defense forced four turnovers, one of which was turned into a pick-six, and Greg Ward returned a punt 79 yards as San Antonio dominated Atlanta on their way to a 37-6 victory on Sunday night, and they are now riding a three-game win streak that suggests they will be a major threat to Orlando

The Birmingham Iron remain +500 after they won an ‘instant classic’ with San Diego on Sunday night, a result that has caused the Fleet to drift to +800, while the bookies clearly feel the likes of Salt Lake, Atlanta and Memphis are simply playing out the string in the second half of the season.

The Stallions may have shortened in the wake of their win over Memphis, but at +2000 the bookies believe there is very little chance of them staging a late surge to the title, and they are even less confident when it comes to the Legends and the Express.

Atlanta’s momentum was halted by that heavy defeat to San Antonio and, as a result, they remain +3300 in the outright market, while Memphis are still out at +10000 despite them bringing in controversial college star Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel, whose career in the NFL and the CFL bombed badly.

Latest Unibet Odds


AAF Winner: +125 Orlando Apollos, +400 Arizona Hotshots, +400 San Antonio Commanders, +500 Birmingham Iron, +800 San Diego Fleet, +2000 Salt Lake Stallions, +3300 Atlanta Legends, +10000 Memphis Express.


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