Bookies put Offaly footballers in relegation dogfight

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


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Despite putting in a dominant display against Antrim at O'Connor Park on Sunday, the bookies still think Offaly's footballers will be involved in a dogfight at the wrong end of Division 3 of the Allianz Football League. The latest prices released by Boylesports show Offaly are third favourites to drop back into Division 4, where they would compete with the likes of London and Carlow. 

Offaly are 9/4 in the relegation market, narrowly better off in the betting than Longford (15/8) and Division 3 whipping boys Antrim who are long odds-on to get the chop. Offaly saw off Antrim by 13 points on Sunday following a demoralising opening day defeat to Longford. Following their shock one-point defeat of Armagh, Offaly's neighbours Laois find themselves at the head of the betting to win Division 3 and gain promotion, priced at 11/4. 

Offaly's next opponents, Louth, are also strong in the betting at 4/1 and will go into the game with the Faithful county as the only team in Division 3 with a 100% record after chalking up two wins from two against Longford and Laois. Sligo and Armagh are both priced at odds of 7/2 to win the Division as a real battle for promotion ensues in an ultra-competitive tier of the Allianz Football League. Sligo shocked Tipperary with a one point win and their price has collapsed into 7/2 from 14/1 to win the division outright. Tipperary have drifted out to 6/1 following that defeat.

Elsewhere, Dublin are now 10/11 from 11/10 to win Division 1 and a fifth NFL title in a row, despite being held by Ulster stalwarts Tyrone in Croke Park at the weekend. Tyrone have seen their price cut into 7/2 from 4/1 whilst Kerry have been eased back out to 11/2 following their defeat to Mayo. Last year's All-Ireland runners-up are now 6/1 from 8/1 following that win over The Kingdom.

In Kildare, Cian O'Neill will be pleased with his team's 100% start to the campaign and they are now 9/4 from 9/2 to win Division 2 after they defeated Cork, who have been eased out to 10/3 from 13/8. Galway, who saw off Fermanagh in Brewster Park at the weekend, are now the 7/4 favourites from 7/2 to win Division 2.

In Division 4, Wexford made it two wins from two with a two point win over Leitrim and as a result they are now 6/5 from 11/8 to win Division 4. Westmeath defeated Limerick comfortably by nine points and the Lake County are now 11/8 from 15/8 to win the Division.

Liam Glynn, BoyleSports spokesperson said, "Dublin remain on course to win a fifth National Football League title in a row despite being held to a draw with Tyrone on Saturday evening. Jim Gavin’s squad are now 10/11 from 11/10 with Donegal their next opposition away in Ballybofey in two weeks’ time."