GAA Football Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds | Sat 12th & Sun 13th March

GAA Football Ambassador for BoyleSports, Diarmuid Connolly, gives his tips and predictions for Saturday 12th March and Sunday 13th March in the National Football League.

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Connolly, a six-time GAA Football All-Ireland champion and legend for Dublin, speaks to Leon Blanche. Take a look below!

Armagh v Kildare

He said: “Armagh have been the form team in the first four league games. Mayo and Kerry haven’t lost, but Armagh are one of the stand-out teams. I was impressed with them the last day against Mayo and they nearly won it from pillar to post. Mayo made some changes and ran away with it in the last ten minutes, but Armagh were very good.

“Kildare on the other hand got a famous victory down in Newbridge against the mighty Dubs and that’s the first-time in a very long time that they have beaten Dublin.

“They will be on a high from that I can imagine. Kieran McGeeney was their previous manager so this will be a nice little trip up north for the Kildare boys.

Dublin legend is backing the Lilywhites

“Armagh may be worthy favourites and this is a must win game for the Ulster side. They will fancy themselves being at home. The weather looks like it will be poor at the weekend and very windy. However, I do fancy Kildare to go up there and get a result.

“I was very impressed with them the last day against Dublin. I know what Armagh are about, but I think they are coming back to the pack a small bit. The other teams are starting to pick up fitness again.

“I know it was highlighted in the media a lot on how fit Armagh looked, but Kildare are on an upward curve and they will be on a huge high after beating Dublin. Their performance was outstanding. They didn’t let Dublin into it at all. They had a four-point lead at half-time and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

“On the flip side, Armagh went to Mayo and nearly won it. Mayo just had the subs to come on and nick it in the end. This could be a close match, but I’m going for Kildare.

Kerry v Mayo

He said: “This is down at Austin Stack Park in Tralee and it’s the stand-out game of the weekend. Both are on seven points in the league so far and Kerry are probably a little bit ahead of Mayo right now.

“But you can see what happened the last day for Mayo against Armagh. They rolled off the bench with their big name players and got over the line. I know they had a couple of injuries, but this is a very intriguing game.

“Kerry are a very short price and Mayo have a little bit to prove. They have to travel down to Tralee and get a result when Kerry look superior at home at the moment. They went to Monaghan the last day and I was thinking it was a bogey place for Kerry to go, but they blew them out of the water.

“The 3-14 to 1-12 score was probably flattering for Monaghan and David Clifford looks top of the ground again, but they also had three debutants in Dylan Casey, Gavin Crowley and Tony Brosnan. So they are building a squad, but on the flip side of that, Mayo made great subs against Armagh. Aidan O’Shea and Paddy Durcan had a massive impact on the game.

“This is an intriguing affair and I like how direct both teams are playing. They’re not being overly defensive. This will probably be a battle of the middle third and whoever can win that will probably win the match.

“I think this year is going to be Mayo’s year. I know how good Kerry are down in Tralee, but I just have a sneaking suspicion that James Horan has something up his sleeve for these guys on Saturday.”

Tyrone v Dublin

He said: “The facts of the matter are that Dublin have lost all their league games so far and have no points on the board more than half-way through. But without even saying that, what concerns me is the low amount of chances they are creating.

“They have only scored one goal in four games and that’s unheard of; it’s just not good enough. A Dublin side would normally create four or five goal chances per game just the way they play their football.

“When I was playing, we averaged around 20 points in the National League and that has come back a lot. Averaging 12 or 13 points wouldn’t win you a Division Four game. Now they have to travel to Omagh and it’s never an easy place to go, especially at this time of year. With Donegal at Croke Park and Monaghan away to come, it really looks like they’re going to be relegated.

“They have given good experience to a lot of debutants and I know they have some guys to come back, but they’re a long way back from the pack. Dublin need to change, the senior guys on the team know what way they’re playing and while the guys who have come in have given their best, maybe they’re not up to the standard right now.

“If they were a little bit more direct with the ball and try to create chaos in the Tyrone defence this weekend, they might get a bit of joy out of it. But going back and forward with slow, methodical play just isn’t working for them anymore.”




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More about the author:
Diarmuid Connolly is a six-time GAA All-Ireland Football winner with Dublin. During his illustrious career he also won two All-Star awards. He retired from inter-county football in October 2020.

The 6′ 1″ forward still plays for club team, St Vincent’s, with whom he won five Dublin Senior Football Championship titles.

Connolly also won ten GAA Football Leinster Senior Football Championships with St. Vincent’s as well as four National Football League titles.

He also joined the Dublin hurling panel as a dual player where he won an U21 Leinster medal.