GAA Betting Tips
Croke Park plays host to Kildare and Down this Sunday, as both counties battle it out for the honour to face Cork in the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, which takes place on the 19th September.
GAA Betting Odds
Kildare (4/5) needed a replay to get the better of Antrim in the first round of the GAA All-Ireland Football Championship qualifiers, and they followed that victory with easy wins over Leitrim and Derry. Ulster finalists Monaghan were next in line for the Lilywhites but following a disappointing display from their opponents, Kildare ran out four-point winners. Their next test was against Meath in the quarter-finals and to many onlookers, Kildare were impressive, however, they were simply the fitter side in the second period of the match.
Down (11/8) have reached this stage of the competition following narrow wins over Longford and Offaly in round 2 and 3 of the qualifiers. They got their act together in round 4 as they ran out 19 point winners over Connacht finalists Sligo. Their next test was against 36-time All-Ireland Senior Football Championship-winners Kerry. Down weren’t fazed though, as they outclassed Kerry in all departments to run out comfortable six-point winners.
Half-Time Result: Down 13/10 3pt win
Down have a tendency to perform well at Croke Park and I suspect the majority of their fans will be bullish about their prospects. Kildare are notorious slow-starters and Down’s strong, pacey forward line should be a huge concern for Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney. I expect them to build up a sizeable lead in the early stages of the match and they should find themselves still in front by half-time.
Double Result: Down/Kildare 4/1 1pt win
If Down captain Ambrose Rogers was in their starting line-up, I’d be contacting my bank manager for a substanital loan. Unfortunately, he is suffering a strain on his cruciate ligament and it looks as if he will miss out. Kildare could also be without one of their star players, Dermot Early, but they managed without him in their quarter-final clash against Meath and considering the Lilywhite’s don’t lack for fitness, if Down fail to build up a sizeable lead, this could go right down to the wire!