Dublin v Mayo All-Ireland SFC Final: Dublin to win an entertaining encounter

Lee Keegan is worth a bet at deent odds to score at any time for Mayo
Lee Keegan is worth a bet at deent odds to score at any time for Mayo
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We've reached the final of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and our man in the know Donnchadh Boyle fancies the favourites Dublin to win, but expects Mayo to also get on the scoresheet...

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 11/10
Anytime Goalscorer Lee Keegan @ 17/2
Dublin to win and Both Teams to Score @ 13/8

All-Ireland SFC final
Dublin v Mayo
Sunday September 17, Croke Park, 15:30, J McQuillan (Cavan)
Live on RTE2 & Sky Sports Arena and Main Event

Match Odds: Dublin 2/5 Mayo 3/1 Draw 9/1

If there was any doubt that these two teams are the best in the country that has surely been put to bed now as they face-off in the All-Ireland final for a second successive year, the first time that has happened since Meath and Cork went head-to-head in finals of 1987 and 1988.

The market seems convinced that Dublin will be celebrating on Sunday night and, at a glance, it's easy to see why.

Three-in-a-row-chasing Dublin are unbeaten in the Championship since the All-Ireland semi-final of 2014 and they have cruised to this year's decider. Of their five games in the Championship so far, they have won four of them by double figure margins. They won the other game - the Leinster final clash with Kildare - by nine points. Essentially, Dublin have been miles better than every one they have faced this year and there's no reason why they won't play to that level again.

Overall, Mayo's form has been nowhere near as convincing in the Championship. A second successive defeat to Galway in Connacht sent them through the back door where they needed extra-time on two occasions to keep their hopes alive.

However, they have saved their best football for the business end of the year. They were brilliant in the replay against Roscommon, rediscovering the running game that has made them so good over the last number of years. And they looked like they built on that when seeing Kerry off after a replay.

If the body of work Mayo have produced this summer isn't as impressive as Dublin's, they can take heart for their recent record against the Dubs. While Jim Gavin's men have wiped the floor with many of their opponents over the last number of years, Mayo have consistently operated at their altitude. Of the last five Championship meetings between the sides, there have been two draws and two one point wins.

However it's worth noting that Mayo have only beaten Dublin twice in Championship history. And since taking charge for the 2013 season, Gavin has never lost to the Connacht men in either league and Championship.

And while the starting sides will be well-matched, Dublin hold a significant advantage in terms of what they can pull off the bench. When they look to change things late on, Gavin will likely be able to call on two former Footballers of the Year in Bernard Brogan and Michael Darragh Macauley as well as Paul Flynn and Kevin McManamon. There's also the suggestion that Gaivn will start without Diarmuid Connolly and will hold him in reserve. Mayo's options aren't as varied or decorated.

Still, there's a growing consensus this week that this could finally be Mayo's year based on the form of some of their top players. And while Mayo's claims are genuine, it's difficult to make a case for backing against Dublin.

Over 2.5 Goals - 11/10

The last five Championship matches between these sides have produced 14 goals while Dublin have scored five goals in their last three games this summer and Mayo have hit three so they should get to three between them.

Anytime goalscorer Lee Keegan - 17/2

Who can forget his brilliant goal in last year's replay? If, as expected, Diarmuid Connolly doesn't start, Keegan will likely get the chance to go forward more and he might represent a bit of value here.

Dublin to win and both teams to score a goal - 13/8

Dublin aren't any value in match betting but both teams have shown an eye for goal and if the Dubs play to the levels they have all summer, this looks like a decent bet.

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Anytime Goalscorer Lee Keegan @ 17/2
Dublin to win and Both Teams to Score @ 13/8

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