It’s a huge weekend of GAA action with nine games being played over the course of Saturday and Sunday. If you fancy a flutter on the live action or are looking for something to top up your accumulator, then why not check out our selections for this weekend’s action.
Using a 1-5 rating system, with one being a risky bet and five being a certainty, we have our top four bets for the weekend.
Antrim vs Carlow – Saturday 17:00 TG4.ie
Carlow take on Antrim in Christy Ring final this Saturday evening at Croke Park. These teams have built up quite the rivalry in 2017 having clashed three times already this season. Both sides will be up for this and game should still be in the balance approaching the latter stages. We can expect another close encounter on Saturday with the draw at 8/1 with Paddy Power a decent proposition.
However, looking at the ‘Margin of Victory’ market we like the look of “either team to win by 1-4 points or draw” at 4/5 with Paddy Power and we will have two points on that.
Cork vs Tipperary – Saturday 17:00 RTE 2
After a dismal performance vs Waterford, the pressure is on Cork here to deliver. Aidan Walsh and Eoin Cadogan are likely to miss out, while big midfielder Alan O’Connor is suspended. Tipperary played a nice brand of football during their impressive Division 3 success and even though goalkeeper Even Commerford is a loss, key forwards Conor Sweeney and Michael Quinlivan will be there go to men for scores.
In the corresponding fixture in 2016 both sides served up a classic, with Tipp coming out on top on a score line of 3-15 to 2-16. During the league Tipp scored an impressive 12-96, an average of 16.5 points over their eight games while Waterford recently scored 1-11 against Cork keeping two sweepers back so the line on Tipp to score over 15.5 points at 4/5 with Paddy Power looks the way to go here and we will have a three point stake on that.
Offaly vs Westmeath – Sunday 15:00
Offaly and Westmeath clash in the battle of the Midlands this Sunday in Tullamore. Over the past couple of seasons, these have been tight battles with only a score separating the sides. This year has seen an improvement in the attacking exploits of both sides with Offaly scoring seven goals in their last three games while Westmeath bagged eight goals in their last three matches.
Offaly’s defensive record in the league was diabolical conceding 18 goals, which was easily the worst record in the country. With this in mind the 5/4 available with Paddy Power on both teams to score a goal is a steal, and we will have two points on that.
Galway vs Mayo – Sunday 16:00 RTE
These old foes renew their rivalry in Salthill on Sunday and most Galway natives are quietly confident of their chances. Galway arrive as Division 2 champions while as ever with Mayo so many question marks surround them, as they go to the well once again with virtually the same set of players as before. Aidan O’Shea is named on the bench and he is sure to have an impact if called upon.
The conditions in Salthill could well be tricky so don’t be surprised if this is not a free scoring game. Mayo have struggled for goals all year while the Tribesmen look to get bodies behind the ball, having learned a harsh lesson against Tipp in last years championship. The 11/10 available with Boyles on Under 30.5 points looks like value, especially if conditions are difficult. We will have a 1.5 point stake on that.