Ahead of this weekend’s All Ireland Final, Paddy Power’s boffins have crunched the numbers to reveal which counties are getting behind the respective finalists.
According to the bookie’s stats only seven of the country’s 32 counties will be joining Hill 16 in cheering on the Dubs while the remaining 25 counties are all throwing their money behind Kerry to win successive titles.
Interestingly, Dublin’s vanquished semi-final opponents, Mayo, are the Kingdom’s biggest supporters with a whopping 82 per cent of all bets placed in the county backing Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men. While Fermanagh, who were defeated by the Boys in Blue at the quarter-final stage, are the Dubs’ biggest fanciers with Jim Gavin’s men attracting 73 per cent of the Erne County’s wagers.
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Dubliners’ relatives from Monaghan and Longford may well be crossed of the Christmas card list this year as Paddy Power is yet to see a single online bet from either county in support of the capital.
Our PR monkey Feilim Mac Something, told the papers, ‘Kerry folk are notorious for playing down their side’s chances but with 70 per cent of the county’s punters backing them it’s fair to say that their quietly confident ahead of Sunday.’ When what he really meant was, ‘The whole of Kerry have a remarkable ability to toe the party line and play down their chances – it’s cute Kerry whorism at its finest’. If you’re travelling to Croke Park from the Kingdom and want to egg Feilim’s house on the way, he lives in Ringsend.
Elsewhere, Paddy Power have also looked into how the sexes are betting ahead of the final. Here, while both men and women are leaning towards Kerry, it’s safe to say that the fairer sex are giving the Boys in Blue a much better chance with 24 per cent of female bets backing Brogan and Co. as opposed to 14 per cent of male bets.
Is that because the Dubs are better looking? We’re hard pushed to say, but the Boys in Blue were 12 places ahead of the Kingdom in our completely impartial GAA Hot or Not survey which you can find here.