GAA Betting: What Are The National Hurling League Odds?

GAA Betting: What Are The National Hurling League Odds?
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The long wait for competitive intercounty action is nearly over for hurling fans as the 2023 National Hurling League is set to begin this Saturday, February 4.

It’s been over six months since Limerick took home the All-Ireland title (their third in-a-row), and betting sites have their odds at the ready for the big throw in. 

Twelve proud counties from all four provinces with go into battle to claim Division 1 honours, as the League offers the first chance of claiming national silverware this year. 

The structure sees the teams split into two groups of six, with the top two teams from Division 1A and Division 1B meeting in the National League final on the weekend of April 2. 

Meanwhile, the bottom two teams in each group will fight it out in a relegation play-off to avoid the drop into Division 2. 

Waterford are the defending champions after defeating Cork in the 2022 decider, but we’ve dug into the odds on who can claim the Dr Croke Cup this year below. 

National Hurling League Division 1 Odds

CountyOddsBookmaker
Limerick2/1BoyleSports
Cork11/2Ladbrokes
Galway11/2Ladbrokes
Waterford6/1Betfair
Tipperary7/1Bet365
Kilkenny7/1Ladbrokes
Clare10/1Paddy Power
Dublin25/1Bet365
Wexford25/1Betfair
Antrim500/1Ladbrokes
Westmeath1,000/1Paddy Power
Laois1,000/1Betfair

Limerick Out On Their Own In The Betting

Given that they’ve won 10 major trophies (four All-Irelands, two National Leagues and four Munster titles) since John Kiely took charge in September 2016, it’s no surprise to see Limerick as 2/1 favourites with BoyleSports to win this National League. 

However, despite their undoubted success in the All-Ireland Championship over the last five seasons, it has to be said that the Treaty County have been lax when it comes to the League over the past couple of years. 

2021 saw them finish a disappointing fourth in Division 1A, while four games without a win last year left them needing to beat Offaly to avoid a relegation play-off. 

With the new split season meaning the Championship gets underway in late April, the League seems to have been put on the backburner by the Limerick management - who now seem to prefer to use the time to push the panel to their limits in training. 

Limerick will be boosted by the news that the talismanic Cian Lynch is on the mend from a knee injury, but maybe there is better value out there than backing the All-Ireland champions. 

Cork And Galway Lurk On Decent Prices

Next on the hitlist are Cork and Galway, who are both rated as 11/2 shots by Ladbrokes

The Rebels come into the season under new management as Pat Ryan was appointed to replace the departing Kieran Kingston last July.

His side have already laid down a marker this term by seeing off Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary to win pre-season honours in the Munster Senior Hurling League. 

Ryan used that competition to cast the eye over a number of new talents, and the Cork boss appears to be going into the season with a greater strength in depth than the county has had in recent times. 

In the same group as Cork and Limerick are Henry Shefflin’s Galway, as the Tribesmen look to win the competition for the 12th time in their history. 

Having pushed Limerick all the way in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, Shefflin will be keen for his charges to have a fast start to his second campaign at the helm in order to build on the promise they showed under his tutelage last year. 

They kick-off the season at Wexford Park, in a game that will also double up as the Walsh Cup final, and the result of that game could tell a lot about how Galway may fare this season. 

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Dark Horses Lie In Division 1B

With Cork, Limerick, Galway and Clare all in the other group, Waterford, Tipperary and Kilkenny will be able to carry out their rebuilding projects in peace over in Division 1B. 

That’s because those three neighbouring counties (and bitter rivals) are all under new management for the 2023 campaign. 

Defending champions Waterford turned to former boss Davy Fitzgerald after Liam Cahill famously exited the role to go back to manage his native Tipperary last summer. 

Davy Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald is back in the intercounty hurling scene after a year out coaching the Cork camogie team following his departure from Wexford in 2021. 

He will not doubt want his Déise charge to send a message to the rest of their competitors in the League, and that’s probably why Betfair have Waterford fourth favourites at 6/1

Elsewhere, Tipperary have shown early promise under Liam Cahill, as they were extremely unlucky to lose to Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling League final by just a point. 

He will also benefit from a patient Tipperary public, who know the county is in a rebuilding phase at the moment. 

However, Cahill seems to have his charges ahead of schedule, and a League win at 7/1 with Bet365 is certainly not out of the question for the Premier County. 

But, they biggest upheaval of any county in the GAA took place in Kilkenny this off-season as Brian Cody’s magical 24 years in charge of the Cats came to the end. 



With 11 All-Irelands and 10 National League titles annexed in that time, Derek Lyng has a tough act to follow. 

He will be boosted with having the members of the Ballyhale Shamrocks All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship winning side back soon though, and Kilkenny’s price of 7/1 shouldn’t be sniffed at. 

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The Rest

Many punters will be eyeing up Clare’s odds of 10/1 on Paddy Power with interest, as Brian Lohan’s men look to win their first League crown since 2016. 

The Banner County are notoriously hard to beat at Cusack Park, and they have three of their five matches in the League at home this year.

Elsewhere, Dublin also have a new sheriff in town, as former Galway supremo Micheál Donoghue has taken over for Mattie Kenny. 

Bookmakers believe he has a heck of a job on his hands though, setting the Dubs at 25/1 to be lifting the trophy. 

Wexford are also available at 25/1 with betting apps, but given the standard of opposition they face in Division 1A it’s hard to see them coming out victorious. 

Finally, Antrim (500/1), Westmeath and Laois (both 1,000/1) will be concentrating on staying in the top tier of hurling rather that winning the competition. 

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