With ten games taking place this weekend, Pundit Arena gives you its predictions. We also look at the bookmakers odds around the place to try and help those punters make a few extra euros. After a good start on our podcast, predictions have gone downhill over the last few weeks. Let’s see if we can get back on track.
Laois v Armagh
Whether the game should be played or not was discussed heavily on our podcast this week. Regardless of what we think the game is going ahead. We expect Laois to be in a better frame of mind and not allow Armagh a second change
Betting; There is value on the handicap, Laois -2 and some good prices on the goal markets where it is unlikely to be a goal fest.
Sligo v Leitrim
Sligo will be fancied to get back on track after their loss to Roscommon. They showed their potential to cause an upset yet again, but fell short in the end. A win over Waterford, is one championship win that Leitrim usually settle for most years.
Betting; A five point handicap for Sligo is not bad, while only Sligo to score a goal at 9/5 may tempt some people.
Donegal v Monaghan
An intriguing battle awaits. Both sides provided a great game last week. One pundit claimed in our podcast that Monaghan may have had a bit more to learn from the first day out. It’s a very difficult one to call. We just about go with the Farney men.
Betting; A very hard one to call, as can be seen in various bookmakers. No goal at 7/2 may be worth a punt.
Wexford v Offaly
While it may not be the highest profile game of the weekend, it is an interesting clash and a very hard one to call. Wexford are on a slippery slope and while Offaly’s problems have been documented, they have picked things up. It divided debate in our podcast, but we just about tip Wexford.
Betting; While we tip Wexford, Offaly are a tempting price at 7/4 as they are capable of winning the game.
Westmeath v Limerick
Westmeath have had a respectable campaign so far. While they lost to Galway , they did not disgrace themselves and like to have a go at teams in Mullingar. Limerick were very poor against Tipperary and need to get themselves back on track if they are to prolong their season.
Betting; Both teams to be beat their total points allocation could easily happen. Both teams to score a goal at 1/2 is not bad either.
Clare v Laois
This is a formality. Clare will win this. It is a matter of how much.
Betting; Clare keeping a clean sheet and to score a goal of their own at 9/5 is nearly the only value bet available.
Cork v Dublin
Probably the hardest game of the weekend to call. Both teams are in a similar situation. A win gives them a bit of breathing space, a loss means the knives that have been sharpened for a while now will be unleashed without remorse. Neither team can contemplate the ramifications of a loss. But the reailty is one team must lose. Who will it be?
Verdict; Cork, taking home advantage into account
Betting; Impossible game to back. Maybe no goalscorer at 20/1 is a genuine punt.
Kerry v Tipperary
People expect another formality. It’s the classic ‘no win’ situation for Kerry. They win comfortably and people criticise the system and the mismatch. They win a close game and everyone will say they are struggling. Tipp have nothing to lose and hopefully for the championship’s sake, they will give Kerry a game.
Betting; Tipperary +10 is quite generous taking into account that they were close for long spells of last year’s encounter as is Tipp to score over 13.5 points.
Cavan v Tyrone
Another difficult game to call and a replay worth looking forward to. Conceding three goals is very un-Tyrone and it is hard to see them coughing up anywhere near that amount again. But Cavan are a hard working side who will relish the second chance. Tyrone probably have that bit more to learn from the first day out.
Betting; Cavan at 10/3 is a great price, while the half-time/full-time markets have Cavan at 7/1. A punt, but one that could come in. The winning margin bets also offers some big prices.
Galway v Kilkenny
What will Galway bring to the table? By now, we know exactly what to expect from Kilkenny and most people will expect that to be enough to win. The real questions are about Galway as this is their first real test since they ousted Anthony Cunningham as manager. It is hard to look past Kilkenny though.
Betting; Kilkenny half-time/full-time at 11/10 is good. While they tend to blow teams away in the second-half more than the first, if one fancies Kilkenny, that may be the way to place your bet.