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We are able reveal some shock figures on the eve of an epic All-Ireland final between Mayo and Tyrone in Croke Park. That’s after we did a deep-dive into their figures to reveal that while it is widely assumed that the bulk of GAA fans hope to see Mayo break their 70-year drought, when it comes down to bets, there’s just a 2% split in who punters are supporting.
We can also tell you that nearly double the number of punters in Mayo (18%) are shamefully backing Tyrone to win than vice versa (10%). Meanwhile, Kerry folk are unexpectedly backing their great rivals Tyrone and as for The Dubs, they are (almost) split down middle on who they want to see claim Sam Maguire.
When it comes to support, everybody needs good neighbours, with Galway and Sligo punters showing the strongest back for Mayo to reverse the curse. On the flips side, Monaghan are the most likely to side with Tyrone!
Proud Kerry man Pat Spillane may well have labelled them ‘cute hoors’ on live TV recently, but it turns out that Tyrone have got friends in low places and punters in Kerry are amongst their biggest fans as far as the betting is concerned.
Kerry were bitterly defeated by Tyrone in a controversial semi-final by just a single point, and while their most famous son was hopping mad about the circumstances, 61% of punters in The Kingdom have backed the Red Hands to lift Sam – proof that you don’t need friends when you’ve got good enemies!
Overall, a total of 22% of match bets are on Mayo, while 20% are on Tyrone. However, the remaining 58% of punts are on a Draw result, which is by far our most popular selection. Punters are latching on to the possibility of a tie result, following two draws in the semi-finals, and a well-documented history of similar results in championship deciders.
A draw result with Mayo winning in extra time would be a nightmare scenario for us, that’s for sure! We started laying Mayo heavily after they beat Galway in the Connacht final. They were backed from 7/1, and then we continued to lay them heavily at 6/4 after they stunned the Dubs into submission.
On the Tyrone side, following reports of their possible demise due to COVID, we saw a big upturn in bets on them as soon as it was confirmed they would contest their semi-final (albeit delayed) against Kerry. Punters backed them in their droves though, snapping up odds of 12/1 with us.”
HOW ARE THE BIG FOUR BETTING AT A GLANCE:
County % bets on Mayo % bets on Tyrone
Dublin 52% 48%
Kerry 39% 61%
Mayo 82% 18%
Tyrone 10% 90%
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