GAA Betting: What Are The All-Ireland Hurling Championship Odds?

GAA Betting: What Are The All-Ireland Hurling Championship Odds?
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And then they were four! That’s right, heading to towards the end of June only four counties in the country remain standing in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship and betting sites have a clear favourite to win it.

Defending champions Limerick lead the odds in the race for Liam MacCarthy, and it seems that every other county is playing catch up to John Kiely’s men.

The round-robin series, preliminary quarter-finals and All-Ireland quarter-finals are already in the books. Tipperary, Waterford, Dublin, Laois, Westmeath were all knocked out of the Championship at the first hurdle. Having been just crowned National League winners at the beginning of April, the Déise’s early exit is possibly the most shocking slump of all.

And they've been followed out of the Championship by Antrim and Kerry, who were dumped out at the Preliminary quarter-final stage. Meanwhile, Cork and Wexford waved goodbye to their All-Ireland hopes in the recent quarter-finals.

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The provincial finals saw Galway and Kilkenny throw down to decide the winners of Leinster, and it was the Cats who emerged the winner of the latest installment of Brian Cody v Henry Shefflin.

On the Munster side of the house, Clare and Limerick served up a provinical final for the ages in Thurles - as the Treaty county squeaked home in extra time on a scoreline of 1-29 to 0-29.

Finally, Galway and Clare advanced to the last four on June 18 - seeing off Cork and Clare respectively - and they will be appearing in the All-Ireland semi-finals, where they take on Limerick and Kilkenny.

All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final Fixtures

  • July 2: Clare (4/5) vs Kilkenny (5/4)
  • July 3: Limerick (1/4) v Galway (7/2)

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Odds

CountyOddsBookmaker
Limerick8/15BoyleSports
Clare5/1Ladbrokes
Kilkenny6/1Paddy Power
Galway7/1bet365

Limerick Huge Favourites To Do Three In-A-Row

Limerick secured another All-Ireland victory by trouncing Cork in last year’s final on a scoreline of 3-32 to 1-22. That showing was roundly applauded by pundits and fans for being as close to perfect as you can get from a team in an All-Ireland final.

John Kiely ended 45 years of Treaty County heartbreak in 2018 as he led his county to a first Championship title since 1973.

Since then, only Kilkenny have beaten Limerick in a knockout Championship game and but for a disputed 65’ call that day, they could be sitting on four All-Irelands on the spin right now.

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Limerick only managed to win one game in this season's National League - against already relegated Offaly in the final round of matches - losing to Wexford, Galway and Cork along the way in Division 1A.

However, that disappointing campaign has been put firmly to bed in the Championship. The Limerick juggernaut is rolling once more as they beat Cork, Waterford and Tipperary to go through their Munster Championship group unbeaten - drawing with their provincial final opponents Clare in the process.

They won a huge battle with the Banner County last time out to secure a fourth Munster title on the bounce.

Kiely’s men are in ominous form, and it’s no wonder they are 8/15 with GAA betting sites to claim a third All-Ireland crown in-a-row.

Cute Clare Are Right In The Hunt

2013 champions Clare have struggled to get to the business end of the Championship in recent times. Cork showed them the exit door in the Qualifiers last year after a classic game in Limerick, while Waterford dumped them out in the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2020.

But, this year has been a different story for the Bannermen, as they topped the standings in Munster by a single point on score difference.

With Peter Duggan back in his ranks, Brian Lohan saw his side explode out of the blocks to beat both Tipperary and Cork.

Their subsequent draw with Limerick then secured them a coveted Munster final outing, but arguably their most striking showing was yet to come as - despite resting a number of players - they battered a full-strength Waterford side 3-31 to 2-22 in their last group match.

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Few predicted Clare would even get out of Munster this term, never mind top the group table, but they have delighted in proving the pundits wrong.

Tony Kelly is also on fire and is one of the frontrunners for the Hurler of the Year award, which is key to Clare’s hopes of lifting Liam MacCarthy once again and they are 5/1 with Ladbrokes to do just that.

Clare came within a whisker of grabbing their first Munster Championship victory since 1998 against Limerick, in a game they largely had the better of in normal time. However, the greater quality on the Treaty County bench probably told in the end.

Next on the agenda was Wexford, and they were forced to dig forced to dig deep by the Leinster outfit as they trailed them by six points with just 11 minutes remaining.

But, Clare finished like a train to win the game on a scorline of 1-24 to 3-14. Kilkenny now await them on Saturday, July 2.

Galway And Kilkenny Have Outside Chances

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Galway came into this term having lost their talisman Joe Canning to retirement. But, a much publicised pair of handshakes aside, the Tribesmen have gone about their business in a quiet manner.

Wins over Westmeath, Kilkenny, Laois and Dublin handily saw them claim first place in the Leinster group, but the Cats got revenge in the Leinster final.

Henry Shefflin’s charges have drifted in the All-Ireland odds on the back of that result and are now available at 7/1 with bet365, but don’t sleep on their chances.

They showed a steely determination to see off Cork last time out, despite being second best for most of the contest.

But, Limerick on Sunday, July 3, will be an entirely different beast for the Tribesmen to tackle.

Then we come to Kilkenny, and it’s hard to know what to make of Brian Cody’s Cats. You’d have to argue that them making it to the Leinster final by only beating Laois, Westmeath and Dublin is weak form at best.

There have been glimpses of a spark from them - especially in the Dublin and Galway matches - that made you believe there is a big performance in Kilkenny yet and it came in the Leinster final as they defeated Galway by five points to claim their third provincial success in-a-row.

In all honesty, it’s hard to know what to make of their 6/1 price with Paddy Power. But, whatever happens, they are still only a game away from yet another All-Ireland Hurling final appearence - only Clare can stop them getting there.

How Do You Win The All-Ireland Hurling Championship?

Having begun all the way back in 1887, the All-Ireland Hurling Championship was largely unchanged up to 1997.

Until then, the Championship was mainly straight knockout with the four winners of the provincial championships (Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster) meeting in two semi-finals, where the winners of those games advanced to the All-Ireland final. The victor of that decider was then declared the ‘All-Ireland Champions’.

However, the dominance of the Munster and Leinster counties in the competition and the overwhelming popularity of Gaelic Football in Connacht and Ulster meant participation from the latter two provinces was mainly supplied by Galway and Antrim (and to a lesser extent Down and Derry) in the last four decades.

In 1997, the GAA implemented a ‘back-door’ system that gave beaten provincial finalists from Munster and Leinster another shot at making it to the All-Ireland semis. Offaly were the first county to take advantage of this the following season, as they avenged their earlier Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny by downing the Cats in the 1998 All-Ireland final.

The ‘back-door’ system was extended in 2005 and again in 2008 to include qualifiers and All-Ireland quarters finals, and was a largely popular format until it was replaced in 2018 by a round-robin style tournament. The round-robin Championship was paused in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, but it is back in force this term.

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The current format sees the five top tier Munster counties (Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford) and the six Leinster counties (Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Westmeath and Wexford) form two groups where they play every one of their provincial rivals on a league basis.

The top three in the league at the end of fixtures then advance to the All-Ireland Championship, with the leading two counties playing off in the respective Munster and Leinster finals.

The Munster and Leinster champions move forward to the All-Ireland semi-finals, while the provincial runners-up are placed in two quarter-final games.

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Meanwhile, the two third placed group teams meet the winner and runner-up from the second tier Joe McDonagh Cup in what are known as the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals.

The victors of those two games advance to the quarter-finals proper, with the quarter-final winners moving onto the last four to play the champions of Munster and Leinster (repeat provincial final pairings are avoided here).

Finally, the semi finalists play off for a spot in the final, where an All-Ireland champion is finally crowned.

This year’s All-Ireland final takes place on Sunday, July 17.

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