Saturday, Mayo v Donegal: Donegal (-1) – 5/6
Those who watched the double-header at Croke Park last Sunday week will know that Donegal’s epic draw with Kerry was a much higher quality encounter than the clash between Mayo and Meath before it. The simple facts of the matter are that Donegal’s form is much stronger than Mayo’s.
They are Ulster champions and fringe players like Oisin Gallan really stood up and were counted in the closing stages against Kerry. Injuries to key players is a worry for Donegal and there are serious concerns about Paddy McBrearty, who picked up a hamstring injury in the closing stages against Kerry.
Mayo were destroyed by Kerry though, while Donegal drew with the Kingdom. The form lines suggest Donegal can defy a one-point handicap.
Saturday, Meath v Kerry: Kerry (-7) – 10/11
You would have to worry for Meath when Kerry visit Pairc Tailteann on Saturday evening. They have nothing to play for but pride and face a Kerry side gunning for the All-Ireland semi-final.
Michael Newman is missing through injury and it is hard to see where Meath’s scores are going to come from in his absence. Kerry’s attack oozes class and David Clifford, Paul Geaney and Stephen O’Brien have been outstanding of late.
If the visitors edge in front early, it could be a long night for the home fans and Kerry are strongly fancied to defy a seven-point handicap.
Sunday, Cork v Roscommon: Roscommon to win – 2/1
Cork have been the surprise package of this year’s Championship, but there is no way they deserve to be so short against Roscommon.
If you take out a drubbing by Dublin, Roscommon’s form has been strong this summer. They beat Galway and Mayo on the way to winning Connacht and put up a gallant display against Tyrone in the first round of the Super 8s as well. In fairness to Roscommon, they battled bravely in the second half against Dublin, despite having a numerical disadvantage and they can end their campaign on a high.
Cork put in a huge effort against Dublin and Tyrone, so they could be feeling the effects of those heart-breaking defeats here. Roscommon look the value option.
* All odds correct at time of posting and may vary up to throw-in.