This week we’ve been casting our minds back to happier times from last year, when Irish horse head masks were all the rage and the Icelandic hand clap was spreading quickly than fidget spinners.
Oh, Euro 2016 was a hell of a time, just ask our still recovering livers and while this summer’s offering isn’t quite as action packed, we still have plenty to sink our teeth into.
Our latest attempt to win a grand from just a £10 stake takes in the British and Irish Lions tour, GAA Championship and the Confederations Cup. So hopefully we can replicate how Irish fans felt after Robbie Brady hit the back of the Italian net for our punters this weekend.
As always we’ve got another five-fold ready and waiting to go, so let’s tell you how you can land it…
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First off, we’re tipping world champions New Zealand to give Warren Gatland’s Lions a right mauling in the first test at Eden Park, Auckland.
The All-Blacks have an average winning margin of 27.8 points over the last two full seasons and are on the back of a 78-point hammering of Samoa, so they should have more than enough to hunt down the (-11.0) handicap against the Lions.
Next on the chopping block is Qualifier action in the GAA Football Championship as Limerick welcome Wexford to the Gaelic Grounds. The Treaty County were unlucky to lose out to Division 2 Clare by a point in Munster, while Wexford disappointingly fell to minnows Carlow in Leinster.
We’re going with home advantage and a Limerick win here.
The Confederations Cup is next on our port of call as Russia face Mexico in Kazan with a place in the knockout stages on the line. We don’t think the hosts have the quality to hurt Mexico and, with the visitors drawing two of their last three, we’re tipping a stalemate.
Hopping back to the GAA Championship, there’s a place in the Ulster Football final on the line as Monaghan and Down battle it out in Athletic Grounds. Down shocked Armagh in their opening fixture, while Monaghan came through a tough battle with Cavan last time out.
It’s a tough road for Monaghan to win Ulster from the preliminary round and we reckon they’ll hit a speed bump against a resurgent Down on Saturday evening.
Finally, we’re fancying Germany to see off Cameroon in their final Confederations Cup group game on Sunday. There’s 29 places between the two in the FIFA World rankings and to be honest the gulf in class on the pitch is probably even bigger than that.
- New Zealand (-11.0) v the British and Irish Lions – evens
- Mexico and Russia to draw – 5/2
- Limerick to beat Wexford – evens
- Down to down Monaghan – 9/2
- Germany to be victorious against Cameroon – 2/5
* All prices correct at time of posting.