Saturday 10 December 2016

We asked our 12 GAA experts who will win today's All Ireland final - Here is what they said

Published 01/10/2016 | 10:51

Bernard Brogan shot deflects off the foot of Mayo’s Kevin McLoughlin for Dublin’s opening goal in the drawn All-Ireland SFC final last Sunday week - Mayo will be hoping for better luck today. Picture: Sportsfile
Bernard Brogan shot deflects off the foot of Mayo’s Kevin McLoughlin for Dublin’s opening goal in the drawn All-Ireland SFC final last Sunday week - Mayo will be hoping for better luck today. Picture: Sportsfile

Our 12 experts give their verdict ahead of today's All Ireland final replay.

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MARTIN BREHENY

Dublin will have to score their own goals this time. They can also expect better performances from all of their forwards. Mayo need a Plan B in defence – Plan A worked quite well but might not be as effective again.

Dublin 2-15 Mayo 1-14

TÓMAS Ó SÉ

It’s be very physical once again. It’ll be a massive intense game with loads of hard running. But if Mayo can stay with them early on, defend like they have been and improve in a few areas they can win this.

Mayo 1-16 Dublin 0-16

EOIN LISTON

Two evenly-matched teams. Conditions and Maurice Deegan will have a huge bearing on the outcome and I just feel the extra scoring power of a wounded Dubs attack can swing it in their favour.

Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-16

COLM KEYS

Replays at this level rarely disappoint so we can expect more of the same from these great rivals. Both can improve but Dublin’s scope for improvement,

especially in attack, is that bit greater.

Dublin 1-17  Mayo 1-14

EUGENE McGEE

A wet day makes it 50-50. Both teams have to

play better this time or we could have another draw! Dublin most likely to get better and win this time around

Dublin 2-15  Mayo 2-13

SINEAD KISSANE

Dublin will hustle more. Dublin will go back to their favoured “process”. But Mayo will find a way to get under their skin. They will also find a way to win.

Mayo 0-13 Dublin 0-12

BILLY KEANE

It will be another close one. Mayo might be the fresher team.

Mayo 2-13 Dublin 1-15

DECLAN BOGUE

Oh, now  you’re asking. . . There won’t be five points in it at half-time anyway. A black card will be a major influence. Dublin to keep nibbling back a Mayo lead before a goal eventually breaks Mayo hearts and resistance.

Dublin 2-15 Mayo 1-14

DONNCHADH BOYLE

Given the build-up, this game could be even edgier than before and we’ll see plenty of physicality and energy. Dublin could work a purple patch that will see them score heavily and that could be the difference in an otherwise tight encounter. 

Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-17

PETER CANAVAN

We will get plenty of fire and brimstone early on as the Dubs will be anxious to lay down markers this time. After that, we will get another close encounter, but you’d have to say Dublin have more scope for improvement. Paul Mannion (left) is a potential match-winner off the bench.  Dublin 2-13 Mayo 1-13

Dublin 1-15 Mayo 0-16

CORA STAUNTON

I envisage something similar – and Mayo will have to reproduce those manic levels of intensity and aggression to have a chance again. They’ll have to do much better at midfield, however, and find a solution to the Brian Fenton problem.

Mayo 1-14 Dublin 1-13

MICHAEL VERNEY

Mayo bossed affairs two weeks ago and but for two own goals, they would have prevailed. If they finally get their share of final luck, and a goal, this game can follow a similar trend and the stars might just align for them.

Mayo 1-14 Dublin 2-10

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