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Donegal v Tyrone Prediction, Preview & Odds – All-Ireland Preliminary QF

We have a Donegal v Tyrone prediction along with the betting odds for you ahead of their All-Ireland Series clash Saturday evening.

Match Info

When? 7.00 pm, Saturday, June 24th

Where?  Ballybofey, Donegal

TV Channel?

Donegal v Tyrone Preview

Donegal’s Form

League Form

Donegal will play their football in Division 2 next season after being relegated from Division 1 with a record of one win, one draw and five defeats during their league campaign. The win came in a 0-13 to 0-12 home victory v Kerry in Round 1 and the draw came at home hosting Galway in Round 4 in a 1-09 to 0-12 score.

Donegal’s 76-point total an average of 10.85 per match was the worst in the division with the next worst being Armagh with 95 points. Donegal also had a poor defence their 117 points conceded an average of 16.71 points per match was the second worst in the league after Monaghan on 119 points.

Championship Form

Their poor form continued during the Ulster Championship when they were beaten at the first hurdle by Down 2-13 to 1-11 in the Ulster Quarter-Final.

In the All-Ireland Series, they were drawn in Group 4 with Derry, Monaghan and Clare and finally did return to winning ways in their first game against Clare in a 0-9 to 0-14 scoreline. However, they were beaten in their next match being outdone by goals in a 1-15 to 3-14 defeat against Derry.

Last weekend they secured their preliminary quarter-final place by beating Monaghan 0-17 to 0-19 to earn a home preliminary quarter-final.

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Tyrone’s Form

League Form

Tyrone will be playing their league football in Division 1 next year thanks to their 4th place finish in the National League this year. They had a record of four wins and three defeats from their seven matches.

Tyrone scored 113 points in the league which was an average of 16.14 points per match. That mark was only bettered by Mayo’s 126 points. However, defensively they were very open at the back which is uncharacteristic of a Tyrone team. The Red Hand had 110 points conceded during that league campaign for an average of 15.7 per match, the third worst in the league after their opponents Donegal who conceded 117 points and Monaghan’s total of 119.

Championship Form

Tyrone have not overly impressed in this year’s Championship to date. They were knocked out of the Ulster Championship in the first round after losing out to Monaghan thanks to a last gasp goal.

They were drawn with Galway, Westmeath and Armagh for the All-Ireland Group Stage and lost their opening game 0-16 – 0-13 against Galway down in Salthill. That game was played in poor weather conditions and Tyrone were down a man for the majority of it so it is hard to draw too many conclusions from that game.

Tyrone recovered in their second round winning 0-13 to 0-11 against Armagh.  They stumbled again in their their final game against Westmeath who they were expected to beat. In the end the Red Hand would have to settle for a draw which saw them remain in the race for Sam Maguire by the skin of their teeth. Luckily for Tyrone a last gasp Westmeath free went wide which would have knocked them out of the Championship had it gone over.

Key Players To Watch

Ciaran Thompson

In a depleted Donegal side with the loss of so many through retirements, injuries and emigration Ciaran Thompson has emerged as the main threat for Donegal.

The Naomh Conaill can play in midfield or the Half-Forward line and made his Championship debut back in 2016. Now (27) his role with Donegal has arguably never been more important and he hit 0–4 in their  Hvictory against Clare last time out. He hit 0-2 in their defeat to Derry and a further 0-3 against Monaghan.

Darren McCurry

The Right corner-forward was Tyrone’s main man during the league campaign and expect that to continue on Saturday. His league tally of 0-33 in seven matches was the highest average points haul of the top scorers averaging 4.71 points per match only Mayo’s Ryan O’Donoghue who scored 2-30 an average of 4.50 across his eight matches scored more in total.

McCurry hit 0–5 (0–3f) in their Ulster Quarter-Final before returning in their first series game against Galway hitting 0–7 (0–5f). He was the difference maker in their victory against Armagh hitting 0–5 (0–2f) but was a late withdrawal from the team last weekend which was a huge loss for Tyrone who went on to draw their game (narrowly) but he is expected to return at the weekend which is a huge boost for Tyrone.

Donegal v Tyrone Head-to-Head Results

Tyrone 0-16 Donegal 0-8 | 2023 National League Division 1 Round 2

Donegal 2-10  Tyrone 0-12 | 2022 National League Division 1 Round 4

Tyrone 0-23 Donegal 1-14 | 2021 Ulster Championship

Tyrone 0-16 Donegal 0-18 | 2021 National League Division 1 North Round 1

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-11 | 2020 Ulster Championship

The Donegal v Tyrone rivalry has been one of the best in the last decade of gaelic football. Both teams have been so evenly matched down through the years.

Donegal have had the upper hand with 3 wins in the last 5 meetings between the two teams. Tyrone have won 2 0f the last 5 but also 2 of the last 3 meetings between these two teams.

Donegal v Tyrone Betting Odds

The odds makers make Donegal 13/8 underdogs as we get closer to Saturday’s game!

Tyrone are favourites who can be gotten at 8/11 while the draw is 13/2.

The handicap for the game is Tyrone -1 at odds of 5/6.

Donegal v Tyrone Prediction & Best Bet

Prediction: Donegal 0-16 Tyrone 1-14

Donegal are coming into this on the back of a 0-17 to 0-19 victory against Monaghan and have seemed to put their poor early season form that had them relegated from Division 1 behind them.

Tyrone have been more consistent this season than Donegal in the League and All-Ireland Group Stage (although both were eliminated from the Ulster Championship at the same stage) they will come into this after a disappointing 0-18 a-piece draw with Westmeath.

I still fancy Tyrone to win this one narrowly.

Best Bet: Tyrone to win by 1-3 points @ 5/2

Donegal v Tyrone Odds - All-Ireland Preliminary QF 2023

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