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Dublin's 'double' confounds tipsters

If only one had this kind of foresight before the start of the Allianz Leagues. Anybody who backed Dublin to win the Division 1 football-hurling final double, Galway footballers to be relegated and Limerick hurlers to be promoted would stand to win around €4,500 for a €20 stake.

That leaves plenty room for lay-offs to guarantee a sizeable profit irrespective of who wins the finals. This column tipped Dublin footballers for the title, Galway for the drop and Limerick to win the Division 2 hurling crown but no, it wasn't backed up by Dublin's hurlers.

But then they were priced at 66/1 to win the title and at 11/4 to be relegated, so it's clear how the markets assessed their prospects.

Unquestionably, Dublin have been the success story of the league and while they finished second in the table behind Kilkenny they were top scorers on an average of 2-17 per game. It sure is a long time since Dublin went through an NHL group campaign without losing to any Leinster or Munster sides (their only defeat was against Galway).

As for their championship prospects, they are 8/1 (third favourites) to win Leinster and 20/1 (sixth favourites) for the All-Ireland.

Irish Independent