Gaelic football is a huge betting event on the Emerald Isle but it's not to be confused with traditional football betting. Gealic football is a form of football derived from traditional Irish ball games and is the most widely played sport in all of Ireland. But surprisingly, it's not just Irish punters who enjoy a flutter on unique event.
With the All Ireland Football competition heading towards its grand finale on 17 September, all the top online bookmakers are offering tons of odds and markets. As the 2017 competition draws towards the semi-final stage, we preview the betting credentials of the four teams in the running, including the record-breaking Dublin!
The All Ireland Final kicks-off on 17 September 2017, but is already shaping up from a punting perspective with the semi-finalists now confirmed as Dublin playing Tyrone, and Kerry facing Mayo. Gaelic football bettors are left with two very solid teams heading the betting market, with two underdogs to analyse for gambling value.
If six months ago you were asked to guess who’d be favourites to win the All Ireland Football championship, chances are you'd have gone for the mighty Dublin, who current sits at 11/10 with Paddy Power. However, it's fair to say that online bookmakers would be running scared of a pile of big bets if their price started drifting towards 2/1, since their credentials are clear for all to see.
They were winners of the Leinster title for the seventh time in succession (a new record) and are aiming to win their third Championship in as many years. The Dubliners have made relentless progress in the Championship by brushing aside Carlow, Westmeath and Kildare without really being tested. All in all they look formidable favourites but can they be stopped by the likes of Tyrone?
Dublin clash with Tyrone on Sunday 27 August in the semi-final at the 82,300-capacity Croke Park, home of Gaelic games. The fixture makes for a fascinating match, thanks to Tyrone being the outfit that have emerged as a real dark horse this season. Their surprisingly expansive attacking game has taken Ireland by surprise, averaging an impressive 23 points a game in the Ulster Championships.
And that impressive point total comes on the back of the 17 different players who made the score sheet. Dublin's form has already seen them retain the Anglo-Celt Cup. The spirit and confidence of the side must be at an all-time high and although they were available at much bigger odds a few weeks ago, Tyrone's price of 5/1 at Paddy Power is tempting if you enjoy taking on red-hot favourites.
Kerry defeated Galway with a sluggish quarter final victory and will surely need to put in a stronger performance to scoop the Championship in the final. However, the current league Champions haven't had many off days this season and destroyed Cork in the Munster final, easing their way to victory with 11 points to spare.
What we do know is that on their day, the attacking power of Donaghy, Geaney, O'Donoghue and Buckley is potent enough to challenge any side in the Irish game. The side have been laid-out this season to try to win the All Ireland Final and are priced 21/10 with Paddy Power to do so. They make no secret of the fact that they'd love nothing more than to beat Dublin in the final.
As for Kerry's semi-final opponents Mayo, who they face on 20 August at Croke Park, they haven’t exactly made their way to this stage of the competition with impressive displays. Extra-time and replays have been the usual theme. In fairness, having beaten Roscommon in their quarter final replay, the team's commitment can only be admired.
But a semi against Kerry could see them meet their match, making Paddy Power's 13/2 offer to lift the cup unappealing. In contrast, with Kerry looking a solid proposition to win the semi-final against Mayo, and with the fire-power to give Dublin real problems, their odds have a solid look to them.
In addition to deciding which team is the best bet to win the All Ireland Football Championship, another interesting betting market to ponder is the final line-up, with Paddy Power going 10/11 for Dublin versus Kerry, which looks a potentially strong bet to collect on for shrewd bettors.
In fact, if you're thinking of backing either in the outright win market, a saver on them meeting in the final could be one for shrewd bettors. Research coupled with a sprinkle of that famed Irish luck could bring you the result you’re after. Log on to Paddy Power today and take a punt; there’s a £20 first bet offer for new customers!