GAA Betting: Who Is Favourite To Win Footballer Of The Year?
With only eight counties left standing in the All-Ireland Football Championship, betting sites are already starting to speculate on who with be crowned the Footballer Of The Year.
Three Munster counties (Clare, Cork and Kerry), two Connacht representatives (Galway and Mayo), two Ulster challengers (Armagh and Derry) and a single entrant from Leinster (Dublin) make up the last eight.
That means you can expect your award winner to come from one of the eight counties remaining, and we’re here to narrow that field down even further for you.
This prestigious honour is much sought after by players (even if they won’t admit it) and here are some of the headline contenders to take home the 2022 award.
Classy Clifford Ahead Of The Rest
As many a defender has found out over the last few years, David Clifford knows what it takes to get out in front.
The Fossa native was marked out for greatness a long time ago and he hasn’t failed to live up to the hype, as he now carries the can for Kerry’s forwards. He was also excellent for Jack O’Connor’s men in their run to the National League title this season.
However, despite his precious talent, it is a hugely surprising to see Clifford as the 5/2 favourite on GAA betting sites.
Why is that you ask, well Clifford has only made one appearance in the Championship to date (only scoring a single point from play), so his frontrunner status feels a tad unjustified.
Having missed the Munster final with a calf problem, Kerry manager Jack O’Connor said the attacker “should be okay” for this weekend’s quarter-final.
However, Kerry have a tough encounter with Mayo on the horizon, and if the Kingdom were to fall in that game, this market will be throw wide open.
Amazing O’Callaghan And O’Shea Next In Line
Before a ball was kicked this season, Kerry and Dublin were the top two in the All-Ireland Football Championship odds.
Therefore, it is hardly a shock to see two star operators from either county this high up on the list.
Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan missed this season’s National League with an ankle injury picked up in a challenge game and had to witness his country’s frankly unbelievable relegation to Division 2 of the competition.
But, his return has been the catalyst to a turnaround in form for Dessie Farrell’s side.
Despite not taking frees, O’Callaghan has plundered 2-13 so far in this season’s Championship (leaving him just three points off being the leading scorer this term) as Dublin scorched all before them in Leinster yet again.
That’s why you’ll find him as the 9/2 second favourite with BoyleSports to be crowned the winner of this award.
He is followed in the betting by Kerry’s Sean O’Shea at the rather generous price of 9/1. The dead-eye freetaker and playmaker has notched 16 points in just two Championship games, and he is one of the key components in Jack O’Connor’s plans for the Kingdom to win their first All-Ireland title since 2014.
There is no doubt he makes Kerry tick and if they are to lift Sam Maguire this season, you may regret not taking his current price.
Intriguing Outsiders Worth Considering
Thankfully, unlike the Hurler of the Year award, the football version has not been anywhere near as forward-biased over the last four decades.
In fact, an attacker hasn’t won the top gong since Mayo’s Andy Moran in 2017.
Therefore, it’s refreshing to see Derry’s full back Brendan Rogers next on the hitlist at 12/1 with William Hill.
FT: Derry 1-16 Donegal 1-14 (AET)— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) May 29, 2022
Derry celebrate as they beat Donegal to land the Ulster Championship and the Anglo Celt Cup in Clones.
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Rodgers helped the Oak Leaf County to their first Ulster title in 24 years in May and even came up the field to kick points in the final.
He is joined on that price by Rian O’Neill (Armagh) and Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin).
Having ended up on the opposite side of the draw to Dublin, Kerry and Mayo, O’Neill could well nab the award on the back of a spectacular season if Armagh land in All-Ireland final for the first time since 2003.
Of those at higher prices, if Mayo were to somehow overcome Kerry and Dublin (assuming they beat Cork as predicted), then Lee Keegan could be worth a cheeky flutter at 25/1 with Paddy Power.
The Westport man has been digging the Westerners out of holes all season, as he looks to finally win the All-Ireland that has alluded him his whole career.
Finally, those hunting for extreme value may look towards Armagh’s Stefan Campbell at 66/1 with Betfair.
He put in big shifts against Tyrone and Donegal in the Qualifiers, and if Armagh keep progressing, his price will keep getting shorter and shorter.
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