It is GAA prediction time again. We had three out of four correct last week, but we did say that Tipperary were worth a punt at a big price and were worth backing on the handicap. So we did not do too bad. Four football games this week, here are our tips.
Cork v Donegal
Donegal are deserved favourites here having shown more than Cork this season and in recent seasons. They will be looking to get back on track after their Ulster final defeat. Cork haven’t performed yet and a lot of people believe – ‘there is always one good game in Cork’. Maybe it could be Saturday.
Betting; Cork are possibly worth an outside punt at 2/1. Donegal -2 is good at 6/5. If they are to win, it could easily be by more than two points. Under 34.5 points in the game is 4/5, which is highly possible, while no goal at 11/2 may also be a nice wildcard.
Mayo v Westmeath
This has a look of a formality about it and if we are to believe the bookies, it most definitely is. It is a test of Westmeath’s ranking amongst the rest of the country, but even a good performance will more than likely see them still come up short.
Betting; The handicap is set to 10 points, and it would be hard to see Westmeath lose by such a big margin after the Leinster final. Westmeath also have scoring power which could see them score a decent amount against a leaky Mayo defence. Westmeath to score over 13.5 points is 11/10, which has a good chance taking what was mentioned above into account.
Kerry v Clare
Clare have been the story of the championship so far and have surpassed all expectations by reaching the quarter-finals. In reality though, it is very hard to see them beating Kerry. The Kingdom had twelve points to spare when the pair met in the Munster championship and there is little to suggest that will change on Sunday.
Betting; Value is hard to find as Kerry are such heavy favourites. The best value can be seen in the anytime goal scorer markets, particularly taking into account that Kerry scored seven at this stage last year. Paul Geaney at 17/10, Darren O’Sullivan at 5/2 and Stephen O’Brien at 10/3 are the probably the best. Add Kerry to win on top of the above and you can get 7/4, 13/5 or 7/2.
Galway v Tipperary
This is the most interesting game of the weekend as teams with similar styles go to the big stage. Galway were impressive in Connacht, they have a good defensive shape but attack with real purpose. Tipp won a great game in Derry last week and their young players will not be overly daunted by Croke Park.
Betting; Similar to last week, while we fancy Galway, 11/4 is a good price on Tipperary. The scoring exploits of both teams means the goal markets present to next best value. Both teams to score goals is 4/5. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 8/11, while over 3.5 can be seen at 9/4.
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