Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

GAA match predictions

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TOMORROW

Allianz National Football League

Division Four Final

Waterford v Limerick (Croke Park 5.00)

WATERFORD emerged as the surprise package of the league, their blend of youth and experience proving potent from the outset. Limerick have come through strongly of late though under former Kerry ace Mickey Ned Sullivan. In their last outing the Shannonsiders looked very impressive in inflicting a heavy defeat on Leitrim and they might just have gained enough momentum from this game to now carry them to the divisional title.

Verdict: Limerick to win by two points.

Ladbrokes odds: Waterford 5/2 Limerick 2/5 Draw 15/2.

Division Three Final

Antrim v Sligo (Croke Park 7.00)

ANTRIM slipped up against Wexford in their last outing and manager Liam Bradley will now be seeking a confidence-building boost in advance of the forthcoming Ulster Championship clash against Tyrone. Sligo may have lost two early matches in the league but they have been much more consistent of late even though they have been missing some key players because of injury. The Saffrons are clearly relishing their return to Headquarters and if Michael McCann and Brendan Herron impose themselves at midfield, they should bring home the silverware.

Verdict: Antrim to win by two points.

Ladbrokes odds: Antrim 4/5 Sligo 5/4 Draw 15/2.

SUNDAY

Allianz National Football League

Division Two Final

Down v Armagh (Croke Park 2.00)

WHEN these sides met last month Down cantered to a facile victory in a match in which Armagh contrived to shoot themselves in the foot. But since then Armagh have been bolstered by the return of Brian Mallon, Charlie Vernon and Ronan Clarke. With the Ulster Championship preliminary round tie against Derry looming on May 16, Armagh boss Paddy O’Rourke (right) will be particularly keen to see his side flourish. Yet his opposite number James McCartan has the kind of selection options available to him that would suggest his side is perhaps better-equipped to collect the silverware.

Verdict: Down to win by three points.

Ladbrokes odds: Down 10/11 Armagh 6/5 Draw 6/1.

Division One final

Cork v Mayo (Croke Park 4.00)

WHEN these sides met on Sunday week last Mayo triumphed thus setting the scene for this weekend’s decider. But the westerners will meet a rather different Cork outfit this time round. The fringe players who were in action a fortnight ago will be replaced by more seasoned campaigners and while Mayo have certainly turned in some very impressive performances in remaining at the top of the table for the best part of the league their penchant for failing to perform in big matches at Croke Park could again prove their undoing.

Verdict: Cork to win by four points.

Ladbrokes odds: Cork 8/15 Mayo 15/8 Draw 15/2.

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