Connacht Final, Sunday 2pm, Live, TV3
Mayo v London
Mayo will be very motivated for this game even though no-one will be getting rich off backing them at 1/500. I’m not even sure that London can stay within 17 points of last year’s All-ireland finalists. This is just another game to them on the way to Croke Park in September.
They’re trying to become the first team to win three Connacht finals in a row since Galway in 1984 and it won’t matter to them that it’s London’s first final. There is a big gulf in class here and the Division One side could beat the handicap if they and Andy Moran start scoring goals. I can’t see London breaching the Mayo defence too often either.
Tip: Mayo to beat London @ 10/11 (-18 on the handicap)
Ulster Final, Sunday 4pm, Live BBC
Donegal v Monaghan
Last season’s All Ireland winners have the chance to become just the fourth side to win three Ulster titles in a row (after Cavan 1940s, Down 1950s, Armagh 2004-2006) and the first Donegal side to do so. Monaghan haven’t won a Senior title since 1988.
Jim McGuinness’s side have won 10 consecutive games in Ulster and have only conceded two goals in that time – both penalties. Monaghan need all their players to peak for this game if they are to stay within six points of the reigning champions who could stifle the life out of them. If Donegal score a goal they could win by six points or more. Monaghan won’t roll over though but it still looks a big ask.
Tip: Donegal to beat Monaghan @ 11/10 (-6 in the handicap)