GAA Tips: Matty Forde’s All-Ireland & Tailteann Cup best bets

The Wexford legend runs us though all of this weekend's football fixtures.


Matty Forde’s GAA Betting Tips

Saturday 6pm: Monaghan v Donegal
Donegal to Win
Oisin Gallen First Goalscorer

Sunday 4pm: Galway v Armagh
Galway To Win By 1-3pts
No Goalscorer

Monaghan v Donegal

All-Ireland Championship
Saturday, O’Neills Healy Park, Omagh,
TV: GAAGO, 6pm

Donegal to Win
This is probably one of the two big games this weekend. The good news for both teams is that they’re probably already through to the next round. Clare are out, they’re the only team mathematically out of the four groups that are gone before the final round of fixtures. So, the GAA have gotten what they wanted, plenty of competitive games going into the final round of games.

I thought Donegal played quite well for long periods against Derry, they gave away some bad goals which isn’t like them but I think it’s the strongest team they’ve had on the field this year. Oisín Gallen was back, Paddy McBrearty was on the bench, I think they’re getting back somewhere close to what their full strength should be.

Monaghan, on the other hand, were quite poor against Derry in the Ulster Championship but were very, very good in the first round of the qualifiers. It’s going to be pretty close as the betting odds suggest. Donegal are outsiders but I’ve got a slight liking for Donegal here. They’re at a neutral venue, they don’t have to go to Monaghan obviously and I just like the look of the way they played in their last game. Oisín Gallen was on fire and you don’t often see the Derry defence being taken for nine points. I think with him back and with McBrearty probably a week or two better off too and coming back in, I’d have to fancy Donegal here.

Oisín Gallen First Goalscorer
I think we’ll see a goal, obviously we’re playing in good weather still and they’re be hot, dry ground. You obviously have huge threats at the Monaghan end with Jack McCarron and Conor McManus but I’m actually going for Oisín Gallen. I think that game against Derry will have done wonders for him, so I’m backing him as First Goalscorer.

Galway v Armagh

All-Ireland Championship
Sunday, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
TV: RTE TWO, 4pm

Galway To Win By 1-3pts
I certainly think Armagh will give them a test here. There are still question marks over Rian O’Neill’s availability for Armagh though. Whether he plays or or not will have a huge bearing on this game. Galway are definitely through, it’s just a matter of where they finish now. Carrick-on-Suir is a really tight pitch. Will Galway have as much to play for as Armagh, I’m not so sure but they will want to finish top of the group and any kind of positive result will make sure of that.

If Rian O’Neil does play I’d have to give Armagh a decent chance but if he doesn’t then it’s definitely Galway for me. I think it’ll be tight though and Armagh are well capable of covering the current handicap of three points. But, for some reason they’ve been starting quite slowly and finishing really strongly. They’ve been a bit cagey at the beginning of their games and then eventually will come out and play. But I think Galway should Win here by 1-3 Points.

No Goalscorer
In terms of goal, like I said above, it’s a really, really tight pitch and there’s only actually been two goals scored in this group so far so I don’t see any being scored here.

Matty Forde’s GAA Betting Tips

Monaghan v Donegal, Saturday, 6pm
Donegal to Win
Oisin Gallen First Goalscorer

Galway v Armagh, Sunday, 4pm
Galway To Win By 1-3pts
No Goalscorer

Matty Forde’s Other GAA Betting Tips


Limerick v Laois, Saturday 3pm
Limerick to Win
This is one of the tightest of the Tailteann Cup games over the weekend. Laois will be confident after beating Fermanagh but Limerick will be a bit of a step-up for them so I think it’ll be Limerick coming out on top.

Meath v Wexford, Saturday, 4pm
Wexford +6
Wexford got all their scores (1-22) from play against Offaly last time out. I think Meath being at home will come out on top though but I don’t see them beating the handicap. Wexford +6 for me here.

Cavan v Down, Saturday, 5:15pm
Cavan to Win
Cavan won this one comfortably when they met earlier this season. Down came back strongly against Longford last week though, they’re really made good progress but I expect Cavan to get the job done.

Derry v Clare, Saturday, 6pm
Clare +9
Derry will be doing all they can to avoid the provisional quarter final but nine points is a huge handicap and I don’t see them beating Clare by that much so I’m taking the underdogs on the handicap.


Antrim v Carlow, Sunday 1pm
Antrim to Win
Carlow have had a brilliant Tailteann Cup but Antrim have been impressive too. I think Antrim will do it, Carlow struggled a little bit last weekend against New York so, it’s Antrim for me.

Dublin v Sligo, Sunday 1:45pm
Dublin -13
Dublin need to better what Roscommon do in their game and I think they will. I think they have to prove a point and I’d take Dublin on the handicap here.

Roscommon v Kildare, Sunday, 1:45pm
Roscommon -4
I’d fancy Roscommon here and I think they’ll win with a bit to spare. I think they’ll cover the handicap too after pulling away so convincingly against Sligo recently.

Kerry v Louth, Sunday 2pm
Kerry -8
Kerry need the win here after winning just one of their group games so far. They’ve been convincing so far but I think they’ll cover the handicap and we’ll see what Kerry are really made of here.

Mayo v Cork, Sunday 2pm
Cork +5
I’m expecting Mayo to win here but I’m not so sure they’ll cover the handicap line of five points. Previous games between the sides have been very tight. I’d fancy Cork on the handicap market here.

Tyrone v Westmeath, Sunday 4pm
Westmeath +6
Westmeath will make it difficult, they were very good in their defeats to both Armagh and Galway and Tyrone haven’t been particularly convincing. I’d expect them to win though but the better bet is Westmeath +6.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.




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