It was a very hard game to call last week and a draw was a fair result in my eyes.
This weekend I give Galway a slight edge. Last week I went for Dublin just about shade it. I tipped up Galway half-time and Dublin full-time which almost came in.
I think there’s more room for improvement in this Galway squad and they might just shade this game at 11/10.
Last weekend Joe Canning had a poor game by his own standards but I’m expecting a massive performance from him in this game. I wouldn’t be surprised is he’s the man of the match.
I was very impressed with the Galway inside line, if Canning doesn’t get the first goal at 5/1, I’d be looking at Cathal Mannion at 10/1 or Jason Flynn at 8/1. They were very good last weekend and created a number of good goalscoring opportunities. If I was to stick my neck on the line I’d go for the under-21 star Flynn.
I can’t get my head around these match odds at all.
Waterford beat Cork in the league final by a massive ten point margin a month ago. Are Cork really going to improve that much in the space of four weeks to justify those odds of 4/6?
For me Waterford at 13/8 are a massive price to win and the certainly won’t fear Cork. I do see room for improvement within this Cork team but for the punter I wouldn’t be going anywhere near Cork at that price. It’s hard to pass up those odds on Waterford in a game that will be real nip-and-tuck and would be considered a real 50-50 game.
In the league final I did predict there’d be no goal scorer but Tom Devine did come up with a goal with five minutes to go. The way Waterford and Cork are set up they have a tendency to go for a lot of points. I wouldn’t rule out there being no goalscorer in this game at 11/1 but if there is a goal to come I’d be looking at Seamus Harnedy at 11/1 from Cork or Stephen Bennett from Waterford at 8/1.
NAP of the Weekend: Either team to win by 1-4 points with the draw at 4/5
Laois v Offaly, Sunday 3.30pm
These two teams met in the league in Portlaoise and barring a majestic performance from Shane Dooley Laois probably would have won this game.
I know circumstances up in Laois have had a big effect on the odds but Cheddar Plunkett is back now. Laois +2pts on the handicap is where I’d be looking to put my money.
I would’t rule out Laois doing the unthinkable here and winning at odds of 15/8 and even Laois to be leading at half-time and at full-time at 11/2.
Westmeath v Wexford, 3.30pm
Westmeath have surprised an awful lot of people this year. They put up a very high-score against Antrim and were very unlucky against Laois in Portlaoise where they had a man sent off.
I don’t see this as being as straight forward a game as many are expecting. I do believe that Wexford will win but I would be looking at the handicap here. Westmeath +12pts 10/11 at home in Mullingar is very appealing to me.