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Sam Mitchell has been heavily backed to win the Brownlow Medal
THERE has been an enormous betting plunge on Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell to win this year's Brownlow Medal.
It follows a prediction from professional punter Sean Brady on The Footy Show on Thursday night, with Mitchell backed from $21 into $7 and the third line of betting.
"Mitchell's a proven votegetter and often attracts big support with us, but this is biggest move we've ever seen for him," the TAB's Adam Hamilton said.
"He was $21 on Monday, into $17 by Tuesday and then the big crunch came last night and this morning where his odds have tumbled into $7."
Centrebet reported a similar plunge, with Mitchell's odds also tumbling at the rival company.
"Sam Mitchell has been backed from $21 into $6.50 in the last 24 hours," Centrebet's Michael Felgate said.
"Since this morning 90 per cent of bets taken on the Brownlow have been on Mitchell.
"In a four-hour period we have taken bets to win more than $150,000 on him.
"A plunge this big is unheard of considering Gary Ablett has been a long odds-on favourite for most of the year."
Ablett remains favourite for the Medal with Joel Selwood behind. Mitchell has become a clear third favourite.
Brady has a solid history in successful Brownlow punting. He won more than $1 million following Chris Judd's 2010 victory and predicted the Jobe Watson-Trent Cotchin quinella last year winning $250,000.