Most money’s on Mayo to end All-Ire­land losing streak

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Paul Neilan

IT seems the en­tire coun­try is back­ing Mayo to come good in the All-Ire­land, in­clud­ing the Dubs.

Mayo will take to the field against Dublin to­mor­row look­ing to break the run of eight un­suc­cess­ful All-Ire­land fi­nal ap­pear­ances since their last win in 1951.

Paddy Power is es­ti­mat­ing that €4.5mil­lion will be wa­gered on the clash – and de­spite Dublin gun­ning for their third ti­tle in three years, the book­maker is re­port­ing that all 32 coun­ties have recorded a ma­jor­ity back­ing for the Western­ers.

The book­ies re­ports that 95% of bets placed in Mayo back the Con­nacht men, with neigh­bour­ing Gal­way a close sec­ond, putting 93% of their money on their lo­cal ri­vals.

Coun­try-wide, 80% of bets are on Mayo, with bet­ting of­fices in Dublin record­ing 72% of all bets to go on Ai­dan O’Shea and Co.

Paddy Power spokesper­son Fe­lim Mac An Io­maire says that 90% of all bets will be placed in the 24 hours be­fore the game, and 60,000 bets will be placed on­line in the hour be­fore the 3.30pm throw-in.

‘Aside from horse rac­ing, no other sport­ing event comes close to it in the eyes of Ir­ish pun­ters. With the bets be­gin­ning to pour in we’ve seen plenty of money for Mayo.’

Hay­ley O’Con­nor of Lad­brokes says that 65% of their pun­ters have backed the ‘ro­man­tic’ op­tion of the May­omen’s suc­cess but the ‘pro­fes­sional money rides on the long-time favourites of Dublin’.

‘If Mayo break their duck we’ll be in trou­ble,’ O’Con­nor told the Ir­ish Daily Mail. ‘Most pun­ters can’t look be­yond the un­der­dogs and while some big play­ers are back­ing the Dubs, our book is heav­ily weighted on the Sam Maguire go­ing west.’

The big­gest price Mayo were this sea­son with Lad­brokes was 10/1, af­ter their Con­nacht SFC semi-fi­nal loss to Gal­way, but they are now 3/1.

The Boys In Blue are priced at 2/5 with Lad­brokes – and a draw is be­ing priced at 9/1.

GAA pres­i­dent Aogán Ó Fearghail is ap­peal­ing for fans to travel safely to Croke Park, in a week that saw car­nage on the roads dur­ing which six peo­ple lost their lives.

Else­where, Dublin City Coun­cil has apol­o­gised for con­fu­sion over the de­ci­sion not to show the match on a screen in Smith­field in the cap­i­tal.

‘A large event will take place in Smith­field [to­day] and a po­ten­tial homecoming event would take place on the fol­low­ing day should Dublin be vic­to­ri­ous. To or­gan­ise three large events in a row, with sep­a­rate build and take-down re­quire­ment is con­sid­ered an un­fair im­po­si­tion on res­i­dents,’ it said.

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