Saturday, Cork v Tyrone: Tyrone (-4) – 10/11
Cork could not have done much more against Dublin, yet they somehow found themselves six down at half-time and lost by 13. It was not a fair reflection on their performance. The way Dublin played seemed to suit Cork, who were able to attack and play with freedom.
It will be a different story against Tyrone whose counter-attacking style has the potential to really hurt them. Mickey Harte’s decision to revert to their old system has paid handsome dividends and Colm Cavanagh is returning to his best form.
With Cathal McShane on fire up front, Tyrone now have an outlet and it is hard to see the Rebels posing them too many problems. Expect a comfortable win for the favourites and they can defy a four-point handicap in style.
Sunday, Mayo v Meath: Meath to win – 11/4
Given how poor Mayo were against Kerry last Sunday, it is hard to believe they are so short against a Meath side who gave Donegal a mighty fright in Ballybofey.
Without Diarmuid O’Connor, Mayo don’t possess enough pace upfront and Meath could exploit their weaknesses. Cillian O’Sullivan returned to his best in Ballybofey, while Bryan McMahon also excelled. Their raw pace is a huge asset in Croke Park and they won’t fear Mayo.
Meath have a terrific record in the championship against Mayo, including a shock success in the All-Ireland quarter-final ten years ago, and they can repeat the feat here.
Sunday, Kerry v Donegal: Under 21.5 Kerry points – 8/13
What a game we have in store here as two very different styles come face to face. Kerry were sensational in their wide-margin win over Mayo, with David Clifford giving another exhibition of attacking football.
He surely won’t get as much space here, as Donegal will try to frustrate the Kingdom by packing their defence and playing on the counter-attack. The way Kerry play will surely suit Donegal as they like to kick the ball as much as possible and Declan Bonnar looks sure to deploy a sweeper in front of Clifford and Paul Geaney.
Donegal could be a spot of value at 6/4, but of more interest is under 21.5 Kerry points.
* All odds correct at time of posting and may vary up to throw-in.