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The first All-Ireland football semi-final takes place this weekend and there is an awful lot to play for. There is a huge prize at stake for both sides who will fancy their chances. Mayo have beaten every opposition well this season and opinions are divided. Some think that they have simply excelled this season while others think they have been lucky to come up against poor opposition. I think this is a serious Mayo outfit who are the closet a Mayo side has ever been to lifting Sam Maguire.
Tyrone have not impressed me at all this season but they must deserve credit for winning games and they still find themselves in an All-Ireland semi-final. Sean Cavanagh has been the main reason for their success and they will be looking to him again. They are still the only team to beat Dublin this season and their experience of Croke Park and semi-finals must count for something.
I really do think Mayo will win this game. I have not been impressed by Tyrone at all in this year’s championship and I can’t see a performance in them that will be good enough to beat Mayo. Mayo are confident and rightly so. They have won all of their games in a canter so far and a lot of it has been down to quality. They have huge scoring power and I don’t think Tyrone will be able to cope with them.
Mayo – Robert Hennelly; Tom Cunniffe, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Colm Boyle; Aidan O’Shea, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Keith Higgins, Alan Dillon; Cillian O’Connor, Alan Freeman, Andy Moran
Tyrone – Pascal McConnell; Ryan McKenna, Conor Clarke, Cathal McCarron; Ciaran McGinley, Peter Harte, Conor Gormley; Colm Cavanagh, Sean Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon; Darren McCurry, Stephen O’Neill, Conor McAliskey.
Players to Watch
Sean Cavanagh – Tyrone
If Tyrone are to win then Cavanagh must continue to show the same form that he has shown all season so far. At times he has carried this Tyrone side and he has simply been the difference between them winning and losing games. Many people are identifying ‘the battle of the brothers’ at midfield to be the pivotal clash and if Tyrone are to have any chance they must win this specific contest.
Cillian O’Connor – Mayo
His shoulder injury threatened to put an end to his season and put a dent to Mayo’s chances of winning the All-Ireland but he has returned to score back-to-back hat-tricks against London and Donegal and Mayo will need him to continue this scoring run. His tally from frees was never in doubt but he has added a lot more to his game and Mayo will need him to get himself on the end of chances again.
I really do believe Mayo will win this game. Their price with Boylesports is relatively short at 3/10 and winning margins can be very hard to predict, particularly when Tyrone have been involved in so many tight games this year. The handicap prices of Mayo -4 and -5 are good at 11/10 and 11/8 respectively and I think these could be worth a punt.
|- Mayo – Mayo|
|- Tyrone – Mayo|
|- Draw – Mayo|
|- Mayo – Draw|
|- Tyrone – Draw|
|- Draw – Draw|
|- Mayo – Tyrone|
|- Tyrone – Tyrone|
|- Draw – Tyrone|