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GAA Betting: Five Tips To Consider Ahead of This Weekend’s League And Club Games

The third round of the Allianz Football League continues this weekend alongside the All-Ireland Club hurling semi-finals.

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.


5. Royals to boost promotion hopes

Both sides enter this clash with identical records. Meath with a draw against Roscommon and a facile win over Clare. Cavan have had a draw against Clare and a facile win over Louth.

Meath’s performances so far have been very impressive and will fancy themselves for promotion.

They were very unlucky against the high-flying Rossies not to take the full points and very impressive in dismantling Clare. We believe Meath are the main contenders for promotion.

They will be targeting this clash as a must-win for these hopes.

In contrast, Cavan’s draw with Clare looks pretty dismal against Meath’s dismantling of the Banner last Sunday.

They did impressively themselves swat aside a Louth team out of their depth last Saturday but we expect Meath to continue their promotion charge here.

Bet: Meath to beat Cavan at 10/11

Stake: 2.5


4. Fermanagh to account for Sligo

The Ernesiders have impressed thus far this term.

Comfortable wins over Wexford and Offaly leave them in pole position in Division 3 ahead of their trip to Markievicz Park.

Under Rory Gallagher, they have improved from last year. What has been noticeable has been their ability to score goals.

Five goals in two games is an impressive feat and we expect this vein of form to continue on Sunday.

Sligo followed up their atrocious first round hammering by Armagh with a hard-fought victory against a poor Wexford side.

The concession of 2-17 and 1-13 in their first two games suggests a leaky defence and Fermanagh can capitalise here.

The relegation battle will be between Offaly, Wexford and Sligo. We expect Fermanagh to deepen Sligo’s problems here.

Bet: Fermanagh (-1) to beat Sligo at 5/4

Stake: 2.5


3. Saffrons to make light work of Garden county

Antrim look like promotion contenders after two rounds of Division Four.

With a scoring difference of + 18, they look a step ahead of most of their rivals.

They will need another win this weekend to keep the pressure on Carlow and Laois.

On the other end of the scale, Wicklow have been a complete shambles so far. A lucky draw against Waterford was followed up with a humiliating nine-point defeat in London.

Already out of the promotion race, this campaign could be a long tough road for the Garden county.

Score difference may have a say when promotion is being decided and we expect Antrim to cover the handicap here.

Bet: Antrim (-6) at evens

Stake: 2


2. Roscommon to continue their good form

Roscommon pulled off a fantastic comeback last Sunday in Thurles to maintain their hopes of a quick return to Division One.

Three points is a good return from a tough start and they will hope to continue their positive form here.

Kevin McStay is building a good team and they showed great character the last two weekends. They have made changes for this weekend but they have a strong panel so this shouldn’t weaken the side substantially.

Down will be really disappointed with a six-point defeat at home to Cork. Their opening weekend win against Louth now looks less impressive considering their form.

Down struggled to stay up last season and this season may follow the same lines. They look like a side who are in transition.

We believe Roscommon are the side on the upward curve here.

Bet: Roscommon (-2) at 4/5

Stake: 2


1. The Con O’Callaghan Show

The Golden Boy of the GAA world returns to hurling action this weekend for Cuala.

2017 was a sensational year for O’Callaghan and it is hard to believe he is only 21.

Scarily, he will probably get better which is ominous for the rest of the country hurling and football wise.

His record for Cuala in the provincial and All-Ireland club is unbelievable. In last year’s campaign, he scored 7-16 in five games.

This year he has averaged a goal a game scoring 3-8 in three games.

We see a comfortable Cuala victory here against the Galway champions Liam Mellows.

Two attractive markets here, anytime goal scorer (11/10) and first goal scorer (4/1).

Bet: Con O’Callaghan first goalscorer 4/1

Stake: 1


Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, Pundit Arena’s GAA podcast as we review all the biggest talking points from last weekend’s league action.

Author: The PA Team

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