The GAA championship continues with another busy slate of fixtures. Here are some betting tips for both the hurling and football games this weekend.
BY PAUL CARROLL
Before we look ahead, let’s reflect on last week. Wexford and Tipperary underperformed spectacularly, while the Limerick footballers easily covered the -2 handicap to keep our betting record a disappointing but acceptable 1-2 so far this season.
Time to improve on that this week. Here are three value bets for this weekend:
1. Kerry -4 vs Cork – 5/4 on BetFred
In a year full of uncertainty, one thing is for sure, Kerry’s forward line is scary. David Clifford, Sean O’Shea, Tony Brosnan and Paul Geaney to name a few.
A big open pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh will suit the Kingdom’s forwards and it has in the past.
The last two championship games between Cork and Kerry in Pairc Ui Chaoimh have seen Kerry win by an average of 14 points.
The sides met in the Munster final last year, where Peter Keane’s men escaped with a three-point win.
Kerry’s youngsters are a year wiser now and with big game experience under their belt and Sam Maguire in their sights, the Kingdom could be in for a big performance on Sunday.
Expect a convincing win for the green and gold.
2. Dublin win vs Cork – 2/1 on Boylesports
It could be a bad weekend for the Rebels if we’re to be believed.
Kieran Kingston’s men gave a very poor display against Waterford, scoring a late goal to keep the final margin at four points but it was torrid stuff from Cork.
Dublin were looking similarly poor at half-time against Kilkenny, however, Mattie Kenny stumbled upon his starting 15 after strong second-half performances from the likes of Eamonn Dillon and Ronan Hayes.
The Dubs outscored the Cats by 14-points in the second half and although it wasn’t enough, they will have taken huge confidence from that performance.
Dublin were outworked by Brian Cody’s men in the first half which led to some easy goals and it’s difficult to imagine comparable levels of work-rate from Cork after last week’s display.
This is by no means a lay-up, expect a close battle in Semple Stadium, it could go either way and when that is the case, Dublin at 2/1 represents great value.
3. Laois -1 vs Longford – 10/11 on Betway
The third and final tip could have gone to a number of teams but Laois to beat Longford by at least two points just edges it.
The last time these two sides met was in the league in 2019, when Laois won by two points.
In championship, the sides met in 2017 where the O’Moore County had an 11-point win, a good sign.
Another good sign for Micheál Quirke’s side is their survival in Division Two of the league with a comprehensive win over Fermanagh on the final day.
Momentum is a big thing in sport and it is likely in favour of Laois following that win.
Longford beat Louth by two points last time out in a dull affair. That result mixed in with handing a walkover to Cork and losing by eight points to Derry in the final two league games will not fill Pádraic Davis’ supporters with confidence.
It’s unlikely to be the game of the year but Laois should come out on top.
So there you have it, three bets we fancy for the weekend; what do you think?
Comment here or to @PCarrollSport — and best of luck.
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