It’s a big weekend of GAA action and we have previewed all the best bets from the hurling and football championship.
Using a scale from 1-5, with one being a dodgy bet and five being a banker, we have picked out four bets that have caught our eye ahead of this weekend’s action.
Mayo vs Cork – Saturday 17:00
It’s another trip to the Gaelic Grounds for this Mayo team as their quest for Sam continues. Facing them is a Cork side written off after a poor 2017 campaign to date.
Looking more closely at the Munster Final, Kerry played brilliantly. Their first 16 attempts produced 16 scores which is incredible. People forget that Cork created four goal scoring opportunities in that match, and who knows what might have happened if one of those went in.
Mayo have stuttered through the early rounds earning victories over Derry and Clare. The one big plus though has been the form of Aidan O’Shea, who looks to have his mojo back.
Looking at those two games at half-time, Mayo trailed both Derry and Clare. Cork won’t fear playing Mayo and maybe with the wind at their back in the first half who knows what can happen.
We like the look of Cork to be winning at half-time at 10/3 with Ladbrokes and will have a one point stake on that.
Donegal vs Galway – Saturday 19:00
The Tribesmen will have to pick themselves off the ground for this knock out clash against Donegal. Their performance against Roscommon has to be a worry.
Donegal look ideally set up to exploit the weaknesses in the Galway full back line. Paddy McBrearty has been in flying form and Michael Murphy may spend time at full forward.
Galway struggled with their short kick outs against Mayo and Roscommon. It is difficult seeing them abandon this approach at this stage, considering the high fielding options Donegal poses around the middle third.
Donegal are coming into this nicely, having had the chance to iron out a few issues over the last two rounds. They will look to play on the counter in an attempt to counteract a decent Galway forward line.
This game may be close for a long stretch but we can see Donegal pulling away in the latter stages. We are happy to back Donegal -2 at 11/8 with Boyles. We will have 1.5 points on that.
Tipperary vs Clare – Sunday 15:00
Páirc Ui Chaoimh hosts this game which has the potential to be a cracker. Tipp are still finding their feet while Clare will be disappointed with their performance in the Munster final.
Tipperary really put Dublin to the sword last time out, but there will be concerns with the amount of scores they are giving away. So far in the championship they have conceded on average 0-23.
Clare had their chances against Cork but between bad tactics and a lack of composure they let the game slip past them. They scored one goal, but created another three chances, hitting the crossbar twice and Tony Kelly pointing a penalty.
If Clare can take their chances then they can cause Tipp some problems. It is 5/6 for Clare to score over 0-22 with Paddy Power and we suggest a 2.5 point stake here.
Waterford vs Wexford – Sunday 17:00
Two teams that love their tactics meet on Sunday and it’s hard to know if we will get a game of chess or a game of hurling.
Coming off a historic win over Kilkenny, Waterford may be slightly vulnerable here. Davey knows these Déise players well and is sure to have a plan prepared.
Wexford lost to Galway in the Leinster final but they will be disappointed with how that game developed. They switched off before half time and the penalty miss in the second half was a big turning point.
Both teams will deploy a sweeper so this has the potential to be a low scoring affair. Wexford will bring a savage intensity and we don’t expect them to be too far off Waterford. You can avail of Wexford +5 at 10/11 with Ladbrokes and we will have two points on that.
Check out this week’s episode of The 16th Man podcast where we looked back on the Leinster and Ulster finals and looked ahead to the weekend’s action.