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The Bachelor finale: Everything you need to know

It’s long been rumoured that Laura Byrne will walk away with the final rose and Matty ‘J’ Johnson’s heart. 

But Laura isn’t the only woman in the race, with Sportsbet odds revealing that her nearest competitor for The Bachelor crown may be closer than expected.  

With Sportsbet listing her as a front runner at $1.45, Laura has been an an odds-favourite from early on, and fan theories singled her out when both she and Matty appeared to make the same ‘reverse parking’ joke. 

Will it happen? It’s long been rumoured that Laura Byrne will walk away with the final rose and Matty ‘J’ Johnson’s heart

Not only did she admit she is ‘absolutely’ in love with Matty J recently, Daily Mail Australia snapped Laura and Matty J disappearing for what appeared to be a covert weekend away, just weeks ahead of the finale.

Claims in New Idea have even gone so far as to suggest the marketing manager and the jewellery designer had dated prior to the show and that the pair had made a ‘secret pact’ that he’d pick her.

But it’s the chemistry between the Georgia Love lookalike and the Bachelor that’s seemed the most promising, with the pair bonding when Laura introduced Matty to her three-legged rescue dog, Buster. 

'In love': Not only did she admit she is 'absolutely' in love with Matty J recently, Daily Mail Australia snapped Laura and Matty J disappearing for what appeared to be a covert weekend away, just weeks ahead of the finale 

‘In love’: Not only did she admit she is ‘absolutely’ in love with Matty J recently, Daily Mail Australia snapped Laura and Matty J disappearing for what appeared to be a covert weekend away, just weeks ahead of the finale 

Pact? Claims in New Idea have even gone so far as to suggest the marketing manager and the jewellery designer had dated prior to the show and that the pair had made a 'secret pact' that he'd pick her 

Pact? Claims in New Idea have even gone so far as to suggest the marketing manager and the jewellery designer had dated prior to the show and that the pair had made a ‘secret pact’ that he’d pick her 

Close: But it's the chemistry between the Georgia Love lookalike and the Bachelor that's seemed the most promising, with the pair bonding when Laura introduced Matty to her three-legged rescue dog, Buster

Close: But it’s the chemistry between the Georgia Love lookalike and the Bachelor that’s seemed the most promising, with the pair bonding when Laura introduced Matty to her three-legged rescue dog, Buster

Family ties: Matty was also touched by Laura's closeness to her family

Family ties: Matty was also touched by Laura’s closeness to her family

Matty was also touched by Laura’s closeness to her family, and her refusal to tell him she loved him before he himself said the same to her showed that she’s not afraid to be herself, leaving both fans and Matty impressed. 

Elise Stacy’s Sportsbet odds of $3.75 showing she’s not far behind. 

Matty loves the blonde’s sportiness and sense of adventure, and admitted to her mum during the home visits that he wished he’d taken her on a date sooner as the pair had made a late, but strong, connection. 

Not far behind: Elise Stacy's Sportsbet odds of $3.75 showing she's not far behind

Not far behind: Elise Stacy’s Sportsbet odds of $3.75 showing she’s not far behind

Last minute click: Matty  admitted to her mum during the home visits that he wished he'd taken her on a date sooner as the pair had made a late, but strong, connection

Last minute click: Matty admitted to her mum during the home visits that he wished he’d taken her on a date sooner as the pair had made a late, but strong, connection

Good fit? Matty loves the blonde's sportiness and sense of adventure

Good fit? Matty loves the blonde’s sportiness and sense of adventure

The former Australian national hockey player also got tongues wagging when she hinted that she and Matty may have spent time in bed.

‘He’s not a morning person,’ she told OK Magazine. ‘He doesn’t get out of bed until 8.30am.’

Sportsbet doesn’t appear to have a lot of faith Tara Pavlovic taking the final rose, with the brunette coming in third at $6.00. 

Lucky last: Sportsbet doesn't have a lot of faith Tara Pavlovic taking the final rose, with the brunette coming in third at $6.00

Lucky last: Sportsbet doesn’t have a lot of faith Tara Pavlovic taking the final rose, with the brunette coming in third at $6.00

Fun together: And Matty certainly has fun with the bubbly brunette, revealing that her fun-loving nature has him charmed after their Movie World date

Fun together: And Matty certainly has fun with the bubbly brunette, revealing that her fun-loving nature has him charmed after their Movie World date

What's the go?  In early August the nanny was spotted just metres away from Matty J's apartment in Bondi, suggesting the pair were perhaps spending time together

What’s the go?  In early August the nanny was spotted just metres away from Matty J’s apartment in Bondi, suggesting the pair were perhaps spending time together

In early August the 27-year-old was spotted just metres away from Matty J’s apartment in Bondi, suggesting the pair were perhaps spending time together.

And Matty certainly has a good time with the bubbly brunette, revealing that her fun-loving nature has him charmed after their Movie World date. 

The pair also have sizzling chemistry, having exchanged their fair share of kisses, but then, Matty has locked lips with each of the final three and kept his feelings on the eventual winner close to his chest. 

He likes to lock lips: Matty has locked lips with each of the final three and kept his feelings close to his chest 

He likes to lock lips: Matty has locked lips with each of the final three and kept his feelings close to his chest 

This year’s finale is expected to pan out in a similar fashion to earlier Bachelor seasons, with the usual rose ceremony taking place during Wednesday’s episode which will leave just two women standing. 

Those two lucky ladies will head to an overseas location, and will meet Matty’s parents and family either before or during the trip. 

It is being rumoured the last episode took place at the luxury Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa in southern Thailand. 

A series of one-on-one dates will ensue, with Matty making his final decision during Thursday’s episode. 

Who makes the cut? A rose ceremony will take place during Wednesday's episode leaving just two women standing

Who makes the cut? A rose ceremony will take place during Wednesday’s episode leaving just two women standing

This season may hold a twist as NW magazine reported Matty ‘unexpectedly’ proposed to the winner during the show’s season finale only to be rejected. 

An alleged ‘source’ told the publication Elise, Laura, or Tara turns down Matty’s proposal because it was ‘too soon’ to fully commit.

There’s no Sportsbet odds on Matty ending up alone, and the Bachelor himself has admitted he’s head over heels with the winner, with Thursday’s episode set to reveal his final choice after an eventful season.  

The Bachelor finale will air of Thursday night on Channel 10 at 7.30pm. The episode was filmed in Thailand several months ago.

Winner or shock twist? This year may hold a twist as NW magazine reported Matty 'unexpectedly' proposed to the winner during the show's season finale only to be rejected

Winner or shock twist? This year may hold a twist as NW magazine reported Matty ‘unexpectedly’ proposed to the winner during the show’s season finale only to be rejected

 

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