With the championship heating up, we look ahead to this weekend’s GAA action and provide betting tips for both hurling and football.
BY PAUL CARROLL
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to games this weekend, so we’ve spent some time digging out stats, reading local papers and getting as much information as possible.
With that, here is what we’ve come up with:
1. Tipperary to beat Limerick – 17/10 on Bet365
Easy, easy, easy. Don’t click off the article just yet. It’s not the popular choice, especially after Limerick brushed Clare aside last weekend but hear us out.
It’s hard to take much from last week’s game, Clare never posed much of an attacking threat with Peter Duggan and John Conlon out so we didn’t get to see Limerick’s new look full-back line tested. Someone who can test that full-back line is Seamus Callanan.
He scored a goal in all eight championship games last year and could look to exploit the Treaty’s last line of defence.
This is likely to be a high-scoring but close game, it’s tough to imagine another 12-point win like in the Munster final last year.
Sheedy and his men will be out for revenge and boost a deep squad full of options, with Seamus Kennedy the only injury.
Finally, Tipperary are the All-Ireland champions and are 17/10, with a strong squad, that’s too good of a price to let go, so let’s take it.
Tipperary to win.
2. Limerick -2 vs Waterford (Football) – 10/11 on Boylesports
Limerick footballers are on a high at the minute. They beat Sligo last weekend to gain promotion from Division 4 for the first time in four years.
They started off their Division 4 title charge in January, beating Waterford in Dungarvan by three points.
Post-lockdown, Billy Lee’s side lost to Wexford before beating Sligo to top the league.
The Treaty men were victorious last year in the Munster championship against Tipperary and if they can beat the Deise, it will set up a semi-final with Tipp or Clare and a huge chance of getting to a provincial final.
Waterford finished second last in the division and only had one game post lockdown, a seven-point loss to Antrim last weekend. Not the best preparation.
They haven’t beaten Limerick in championship since 1981 and have lost their last four league games against Saturday’s opponents.
With the lack of preparation on Waterford’s side, mixed in with Limerick’s momentum following the league win, the Treaty should get it done on Saturday evening.
Limerick to win by three or more seems like a good price at 10/11.
3. Wexford to beat Galway – 11/8 on PaddyPower
Wexford could easily have been in an All-Ireland last year; they will look back at that game with Tipperary and feel they threw it away, and they’d be right.
However, with Davy staying, they are going at it again and will be chomping at the bit to defend their Leinster title.
These two sides met last year in the championship and it was a draw. One main thing has changed from last year: Shane O’Neill has taken over as Galway manager.
Not an easy first year by any means and the Limerick native has had little time to prepare his side.
The Galway hurling championship didn’t end until October 4, six weeks after the Wexford final.
Davy has had far more time to prepare his men for this game and that will stand to the Yellowbellies.
The expected absence of Daithi Burke for Galway could also be a big loss for the Tribesmen.
The Corofin man was injured in the Galway SFC semi-final and may not be fit for Saturday evening’s game.
This will be close but Wexford at 11/8 represents very good value.
So there you have it, three bets we fancy for the weekend; what do you think?
Comment here or to @PCarrollSport on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/PCarrollSport — and best of luck.
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