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General Election 2019

General Election: Bookies tip SDLP's Hanna and Eastwood to win in South Belfast and Foyle

Claire Hanna
Claire Hanna
Ivan Little

By Ivan Little

Bookies have made the SDLP's Claire Hanna the favourite in the South Belfast constituency.

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McLean has Ms Hanna as the 1/8 frontrunner to oust the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly.

The bookie is also predicting that SDLP leader Colum Eastwood will gallop home in Foyle ahead of outgoing Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion.

McLean is offering odds of 1/2 on Mr Eastwood and 7/5 on Ms McCallion.

However, there are no safe bets in North Belfast, where outgoing DUP MP Nigel Dodds is facing a tough challenge from Sinn Fein's John Finucane.

The bookie says the fight is too close to call, with both men listed at 5/6.

Photo finishes will not be needed in a number of other constituencies, however. In North Antrim and West Belfast, the DUP's Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein's Paul Maskey are 1/200 to romp home.

In North Down, meanwhile, the DUP's Alex Easton is McLean's 1/2 choice to take the seat vacated by Lady Sylvia Hermon. Alliance Party deputy leader Stephen Farry is 8/5 and Ulster Unionist Alan Chambers is on 12/1.

In East Belfast, the DUP's Gavin Robinson is the favourite at 1/4, but punters can get 9/4 on his predecessor, Alliance leader Naomi Long MEP.

Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate Michelle Gildernew is the 2/5 favourite to retain her seat, while another former incumbent, Tom Elliott, is on 7/4.

If the bookies are right, the DUP will take nine seats, three ahead of Sinn Fein, while the SDLP will win two seats.

One source said punters were showing a "lively" interest in the elections, with a lot of money going on Colum Eastwood and Gavin Robinson in particular.

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