Thursday 26 April 2018

Level 11 times from 38 League games - Dubs and Galway have plenty drawing power

'Only Galway supporters expect Kevin Walsh and his men to be in the draw zone on Sunday' Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
'Only Galway supporters expect Kevin Walsh and his men to be in the draw zone on Sunday' Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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What odds on a draw between Dublin (2/9) and Galway (4/1) in the Allianz football League final? Actually, they are 10/1, which is within the usual range when one team are short odds-on favourites.

Yet, the history of Dublin-Galway league rivalry shows a remarkable trend, where draws are far more frequent than in other pairings. They have drawn 11 of 38 league clashes (Dublin have won 16 to Galway's 11), with five of their last nine games ending level, including their last two.

Only Galway supporters expect Kevin Walsh and his men to be in the draw zone on Sunday, but it's still interesting that the counties have been closely matched so often in the league.

There's another interesting backdrop to Sunday's game in that it will be the first league final clash between the counties since the 'Home' decider in 1967. Just as Dublin are going into this game as treble All-Ireland winners, Galway were three-in-a-row champions in 1967.

They trailed by five points at half-time but battled back to win by two. It left both counties looking primed for summer success but they collapsed, Galway losing heavily to Mayo in the Connacht semi-final, while Dublin, for whom Paddy Cullen made his SFC debut, lost to Westmeath in the Leinster quarter-final.

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