Will Galway bate Mayo?
John Mulholland is pledging to give money back on a whole host of betting markets if Galway win, while James Horan is claiming most of his panel are injured/carrying knocks despite my spies saying otherwise.
Yes ladies and gentlemen we are at the phoney war stage on the western front. The battle will commence this Sunday and we are in for an epic start to the championship. Whilst Galway’s future looks bright with another U-21 All-Ireland title, this team is still a few years away from sitting at the top table. Mayo on the other hand are at that table and deservedly so. I wouldn’t give any other division two side a hope of beating Mayo, but Galway will have the same mindset as Australia do for the All Blacks in rugby. Galway players should never accept they’re inferior to their neighbours up the N17 and that belief gives them a fighting chance.
One stat to give Galway fans hope is that Alan Mulholland has won the opening match of every competition since taking over Galway (FBD, league and championship).
This match has added significance as Galway and Mayo are level with 44 Connacht titles each. Mayo are seeking their third Connacht title in a row, a feat they haven’t achieved since 1951 when they last lifted Sam Maguire.
So where’s the bet this weekend? James Horan believes it’s only a matter of time before Mayo start scoring goals after a league campaign of missed chances with only two goals in the league campaign. Galway however have better firepower in the full forward line and look to back both Meehan and Conroy in the first goalscorer markets at 13/2 and 8/1 respectively with John Mulholland. If they fail to score first but Galway win you get your money back.
Dream of the August Bank Holiday
This weekend punters up and down the land will be punting who they believe will win each province and who lifts Sam in September but John Mulholland has come up with an exclusive bet in his shops. Punters can for the first time predict the eight quarter-finalists. At 16/1 my choices are Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Donegal, Tyrone and Armagh.
Bet of the Week
Tonight Chelsea face Benfica in the Europa League final. Back Benfica at 9/4 to give Benitez a downer in Amsterdam.