Saturday 17 August 2019

Donegal can just shade final but draw would not surprise

Could we have another dramatic draw on the cards draw in the All-Ireland decider? 15/2 are the odds with Boylesports if you fancy it.

It won't be long now until the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships are a distant memory but after the fascinating games in both codes lately, and the spectacular draws we have been treated to, very few would either be surprised or disappointed if we found ourselves eagerly anticipating an All-Ireland Football final replay for the first time since Kerry and Galway could not be separated in 2000.

Centre-back on that Kerry team was their now manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice who very much rivals Donegal boss Jim McGuinness in terms of his tactical approach and now he will try to outdo McGuinness to guide the 13/8 underdogs up the steps of the Cusack Stand.


Donegal achieved what many perceived to be impossible when they blew Dublin out of their standing as favourites in Croke Park during the All-Ireland semi-final and while Dublin had no answer to Donegal's approach, there's no doubt they'll need to find a different approach to break down the Kingdom who will have studied the Dublin game tirelessly.

There really is so little between the two teams that it almost is a battle of the managers and who can tactically get it spot on but the midfield battle is going to be interesting.

If Donegal can dominate that again they'll be halfway there to keeping the ball away from James O'Donoghue and therefore the Ulstermen can just shade this by 1-3 points or 4-6 points which are priced up at 11/4 and 4/1 respectively. Oisín Mac Niallais appeared somewhat unlucky to not get a mention for the Man Of The Match accolade in Donegal's semi-final win and a simialar performance may make him an outside bet at 20/1 for that award this Sunday evening.


Despite going for Donegal to win, James O'Donoghue could still be viewed as the worthy favourite at 15/8 to be the game's top scorer and with the stakes being so high the 11/8 about Hawkeye being used is probably a good bet also.

Predicting the total points is a tricky one, as it wouldn't be a surprise to see a defensive approach taken by both sides, but hopefully from a spectacle point of view we'll have over 36.5 points at 21/10.

Finally, the first goalscorer market is always popular and Colm McFadden is the pick in that at odds of 8/1.

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