Football Championship: Get on the good foot with our 9/1 treble

Sunday’s Football Championship card is loaded with provincial semi-finals and we’ve picked out a tip for each of the three ties.

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Dublin vs Kildare: Dublin (-14) – Evens

Dublin are rightly unbackable favourites against their nearest neighbours.

Kildare have shown absolutely nothing to suggest that they have the armoury to hurt one of the best teams of all time, in what is essentially their own backyard.

A fairly middling league campaign, coupled with unconvincing wins over Wicklow and Longford in the Leinster Championship, means that absolutely no one believes they have a chance of beating the Dubs.

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Dublin’s Leinster dominance is unprecedented. It is now 25 wins on the spin in the province for the eight in-a row-champions and they will surely extend that record to 27 wins and nine titles this summer.

The only question that remains about Sunday is whether Dublin can beat the 14-point spread or not.

Based off their ruthless destruction of Louth, we think that they can. A 26-point win playing with 14 men for over 40 minutes is taking the p**s, and it looks like they’re on a mission to land a record-breaking fifth Sam Maguire in succession.

Meath vs Laois: Meath (-3) – 11/8

It seems likely that we will see a Leinster final featuring Dublin and Meath for the first time in five years, and it is badly needed in a province that has been consistently deteriorating throughout the decade.

A resurgent Meath is what Leinster desperately needs and they do look buoyant. Promotion to Division 1 and dismantling Carlow in the Leinster semi-finals make it probable that Meath will get past Laois on Sunday.

They are odds-on favourites to do so, but there is real value in the handicap markets. At 11/8 to win by more than three points, Meath are a very attractive price.

That is not being disrespectful to Laois. They have had an excellent year so far, gaining promotion to Division 2 of the League and getting the better of Westmeath in the Leinster quarter-final.

They will be up for this one as it is a huge chance to get to a second Leinster final on the spin, but a reinvigorated Meath should have too much for them.

Armagh vs Cavan: Armagh to win – 13/10

Armagh are being forced to do it the hard way if they are to make it to their first Ulster final since 2008. A narrow win over Down after extra time was followed by an extremely tight draw with Cavan in last week’s semi-final.

The two counties lock horns again this Sunday for a place in the provincial decider that more importantly leaves them a game away from the Super 8s.

Armagh will feel they left last week’s game behind them as they let a four-point lead slip with just 20 minutes remaining and then conceded an 88th-minute equaliser in extra time.

They have exhibited promising signs in this year’s Championship though and should get the job done at the second time of asking.

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* All odds correct at time of posting and may vary up to throw-in. 

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