The All-Ireland football final is Ireland’s very own Superbowl and, aside from horse racing, no other sporting event comes close to it in the eyes of Irish punters.
With the bets beginning to pour in we’ve seen plenty of money for Mayo and plenty of neutrals will be in the Green and not the Red should the westerners finally end their drought.
We’re estimating that Irish punters will wager a whopping €4,500,000 in this weekend’s All-Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo.
With close to 90% of all bets set to be placed in the 24 hours before the game, bookies’ resources are expected to be stretched with Paddy Power anticipating well over 60,000 bets to be placed in its online platforms in the hour before throw-in.
Extraordinarily, all 32 counties appear to be backing Mayo with the Green and Red attracting over 80% of all bets placed to date.
Unsurprisingly it’s Mayo fans who are getting behind their county the most with 95% of all bets placed in the county backing Stephen Rochford’s men to lift Sam. Neighbours Galway are next with 93% of bettors backing their rivals to land an All-Ireland of their own while 91% of bets placed in Kildare oppose their fellow Leinster men.
As for Dublin, 72% of all bets placed in the county are for Mayo to land their first title since 1951 with just 28% backing Jim Gavin’s men.
The fairer sex are also favouring Mayo with 84% putting their faith in the Connacht outfit while 81% of men have opted to weigh in behind Aidan O’Shea and Co.
Following their rout of Ulster Champions Tyrone, Dublin go into the match as 2/5 favourites with Mayo available at 3/1 to cause an upset. The odds on a draw are 9/1.
Dublin v Mayo
To lift the Trophy