Colm O’ Rourke: A 7/1 Sunday treble on Tyrone, Roscommon and … Westmeath

The RTE analyst & former Meath GAA legend gives us the lowdown on the provincial finals this weekend


Tyrone v Donegal, Sunday, July 17, 2pm

This looks the game of the year so far. Donegal looked good in their win over Monaghan while Tyrone crushed Cavan. I’ve said all year that Mickey Harte’s side are one of the few teams that could match Dublin and look good value @ to beat the (-1) handicap on Sunday.

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Galway v Roscommon, Sunday 3.30pm

This was the game from hell last week and anyone who was at Pearse Stadium last week will never go to a football game again if they thought there was going to be a repeat.

An orgy of hand-passing made it very dull to watch. Roscommon allowed Galway to take short kick-outs last weekend and they’ll presumably change tack on Sunday and try to put more pressure on on the Tribesmen defence by pushing up.

I’ll stick with Roscommon in the straight match betting @ to win the replay but it’s very hard to call.

Dublin v Westmeath Sunday, 4pm

It’s tricky to back Dublin to beat the (-14) handicap  @ because once Jim Gavin’s side have done enough to win they tend to play within themselves with an eye on the next fixture.

The Dubs had Laois and Meath put away and then took the foot off the pedal – and they’ll probably do the same this weekend against Westmeath.

Honestly, it’s matter of how much Dublin will win by but giving Westmeath a 15-point start on the handicap betting @ seems a bit much. If Dublin get a big lead and bring on new forwards who’ll want to impress – then there’s a chance they’ll go for more scores. But that hasn’t really been their form this season.

They get a big lead and hold it by killing the game off.

Westmeath have players like  Kieran Martin, John Heslin, and Paul Sharry who are as good as the Dublin players – the problem is they don’t have enough of them.

If Westmeath set up defensively, they’ll have trouble scoring. If they attack, they’ll leave gap in the middle and in the back line and could get hammered. One thing’s for sure they’ll need to stop Dublin getting goals early on to avoid a humiliation.

What do you think?