The fourth round of the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues continue this weekend alongside the final All-Ireland Club football semi-final.
Here at Bear in the Square, we choose the value bets to follow.
We have rated the bets from one to five, with one being dodgy and five being a sure thing.
4. Scrooge-like Slaughtneil
The second of the All-Ireland club football semi-final takes place this Saturday in Portlaoise.
Nemo Rangers return to this stage for the first time since 2011 as they take on a Slaughtneil side who have really impressed over the past two years. Their defensive set-up has been the impressive feature of their play.
At this stage last year, the Derry champions completely shut down a much vaunted St Vincent’s attack. They did not concede a goal in the last two Ulster Championships successes either.
Altogether in all senior championship games in 2016 and 2017 (18 games), they have conceded a measly three goals. This will not be a goal fest!
We feel they are two value bets here, Nemo Rangers under 0.5 goals and total goals under 1.5, both priced at 11/8.
We believe Slaughtneil should have enough to keep their run of clean sheets going.
Bet: Nemo Rangers Under 0.5 goals 11/8
3. Armagh to continue promotion charge
The corresponding fixture last year resulted in a humiliating 30-point defeat for Offaly.
Fast forward twelve months and the Faithful are looking like relegation fodder after three games.
They are really missing players like Brian Darby, Graham Guilfoyle and Ruairi Allen from last year’s team. They also need midfield talisman, Eoin Carroll, back to full fitness quickly.
Armagh have really impressed so far. Comfortable victories over Wexford and Westmeath was followed by a comeback victory against Longford.
They have a plus score difference of 24 while Offaly are stuck to the bottom of the league with a difference of minus 24. Armagh will win comfortably here.
Bet: Armagh (-4) to beat Offaly at 10/11
2. Galway to make light work of the Dubs
Galway after a slow start are starting to motor in Division 1B. They put Offaly away easily last Sunday and their established names are starting to re-appear.
Some of their new faces really impressed last Sunday in particular Shane Cooney and Sean Loftus. Joe Canning and David Burke should be nearing a return also.
Dublin, in comparison, look in serious trouble after three games.
They were dreadfully poor against Limerick and Offaly. They will probably be missing some starters due to Fitzgibbon Cup also.
Pat Gilroy will be hoping that the Cuala players who return after St Patrick’s Day will give them some impetus. Unfortunately, it will be too late to rescue their league campaign.
Bet: Galway (-7) at evens
1. Lower league accumulator
In the Allianz Leagues, much of the value is often found in the lower leagues.
For our accumulator this week, we delve into Division 3 and 4. We believe that Westmeath should have enough for Sligo and Longford will beat relegation candidates Wexford.
In Division four, promotion contenders Carlow and Antrim should take care of Waterford and London respectively.
Limerick and Leitrim are both rooted the bottom of table but we think Limerick will have enough to see off the Connacht side.
Bet: Waterford 1/4, Westmeath 3/10, Limerick 8/15, Antrim 4/9, Longford 2/9. Total Odds 3.5/1
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