Dublin v Mayo, Saturday 5 pm, Croke Park
Dublin and Mayo meet on Saturday at 5 pm in Croke Park with both sides looking for a place in the All-Ireland Final with either Kerry or Tyrone. If you can’t make it to the game we will be bringing you live score updates from the below link.
Dublin come into the game on the back of an impressive campaign so far. They once again breezed through Leinster beating Louth and Kildare, before hammering Meath in the final. They beat Cork, Roscommon and Tyrone in their Super 8 group. Jim Gavin started just half of the first-team regulars that normally start in the win over Tyrone last weekend. However Diarmuid Connolly was a player that was one of those changes. He could have a big say in this game too. In defence, Gavin will look to players like Fitzsimons, McMahon, James McCarthy and Cian O’Sullivan. Brian Fenton and Michael Dara McAuley will likely continue in midfield. Dean Rock, Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny and Con O’Callaghan will be key men in the attack.
Mayo come into the game with wins over Down, Armagh and Galway in the qualifiers. They lost to Kerry in their first Super 8’s game, before going on to beat Meath 2-17 to 0-14 and Donegal 1-14 to 1-10. James Horan will be delighted to have got Mayo back into the All-Ireland semi-finals in his first year back in charge. He will look to the experienced players Colm Boyle, Lee Keegan and Paddy Durcan in defence. Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea will need to have big performances in midfield. In attack, Mayo will be without Jason Doherty due to a cruciate injury, but they will look to Kevin McLoughlin, Cillian O’Connor and Darren Coen in the attack.
Previous Championship Meetings
2017 Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16 (All-Ireland Final)
2016 Dublin 1-15 Mayo 1-14 (All-Ireland Final Replay)
2016 Dublin 2-09 Mayo 0-15 (All-Ireland Final)
2015 Dubin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final Replay)
2015 Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Dublin: S Cluxton; D Byrne, C O’Sullivan, M Fitzsimons; J McCaffrey, J McCarthy, J Small; B Fenton, Michael D Macauley; N Scully, C O’Callaghan, B Howard; P Mannion, D Rock, C Kilkenny.
Dublin are favourites for this game at odds of 1/5. Mayo are priced at 5/1. The handicap market looks generous given the previous history between the sides in games. Therefore, backing Mayo +5 at even money looks a good bet. The draw at 11/1 should also be considered.