Saturday, Dublin v Mayo: First half to be highest scoring half – 15/8
All logic points to a wide-margin Dublin win here, but we have found out in recent years that all logic goes out the window when it comes to Mayo. That means there are risks attached to backing the Dubs to beat the five-point handicap.
As regards the best bet on the match coupon, odds of 15/8 about the opening period being the highest scoring half makes plenty of appeal. Usually, the longer a game goes on the stronger Dublin are, but they have become brilliant at managing big games. Should they build up a three or four point lead, expect them to play keep ball and hold onto possession.
With so much to play for, expect an early frenzy and it could take the teams a while to get their match-ups right. The scoring could be hot early on and cool down at the game goes on. Don’t forget Mayo are coming into the game on the back of a huge win over Donegal.
They will not need the first ten minutes to warm up and could accelerate into an early lead.
Sunday, Tyrone v Kerry: Tyrone to win – 6/4
This could be coming a little early in Kerry’s education and Tyrone look terrific value to cause an upset at 6/4.
You tend to forget just how young the Kingdom attack is with David Clifford and Sean O’Shea leading the charge, but Tyrone could bully them. Mickey Harte has gone back to the tried and tested approach which brought them to an All-Ireland final last year and that system should be good enough to take care of Kerry.
18-year-old Meath rookie Shane Walsh caused the Kerry full-back line all sorts of problems last Saturday night, scoring six points – so that makes you wonder what damage Cathal McShane has the potential to cause.
Tyrone’s counter-attacking style is tailormade for a team like Kerry and they can book their ticket to the All-Ireland final for the second year in-a-row.
* All odds correct at time of posting and may vary up to throw-in.