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I believe this will be Mayo’s All-Ireland semi-final to win because they have a huge edge in experience over Tipperary. They’ve also brought in some very good young players this season and I’ve been very impressed with Eoghan McLaughlin and Tommy Conroy since they came on to the intercounty scene.
Mayo have had good wins over Leitrim, Roscommon and Galway to get here, while Tipperary have seen off Clare, Limerick and Cork. But, given that Mayo have been operating at a superior level to Tipp in the National League for a long time now, I just have to give them the edge in this game.
Mayo have the men at the back to handle Tipp’s Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney, but it will still be closer than people think.
Tipperary have shown loads of fight in this Championship and should be able to keep this tight enough to defend the (+4) handicap available.
Sunday 3.30pm Mayo v Tipperary
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I’m going to go with Tommy Conroy as my choice for first goalscorer on Sunday at Croke Park. They call him ‘Tommy Goal’ in the Mayo Club Championship because he’s inclined to go for a goal all the time. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about him if he bangs in the opener on Sunday!
I reckon we will see less than 35.5 points this weekend. Both sides won their respective provincial titles with totals nowhere near that mark in the finals. They both also failed to beat that mark in any of the six games they’ve played in the Championship to date, and Tipperary even went to extra time in one of them. Don’t expect 35.5 points to be surpassed either on Sunday.
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