Monday 19 February 2018

Friday Flutter – Your 90/1 bet for the sporting weekend

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts to a decision against his side late in normal time against Wexford last year.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts to a decision against his side late in normal time against Wexford last year.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

With plenty of sporting action on out TV screens, here are five bets worth considering that will give you a €450 return for a €5 flutter.

Guinness PRO12 semi-final: Munster v Ospreys

Munster to win by 1-13 points 13/10

The Ospreys have already tasted success in Thomond Park after a 19-14 win over a second-string side earlier this year. The Welsh side are coming on the back of six successive victories and a win in Limerick would be the first time they have won four on the bounce on the road.

Munster’s Eusebio Guinazu is tackled by Dan Baker of Ospreys

However Anthony Foley's side are coming into the match after a thumping win over the Dragons and are playing some of their best rugby this season. They should have taken the points at Ulster only for a late defensive lapse.

Ahead of Ulster's visit to Glasgow, no side has ever lost a home semi-final in the PRO12. We don't expect Munster to change that pattern tomorrow.

Airtricity Premier Division: Cork City v Shamrock Rovers

Draw 2/1

Second plays third at turners Cross tonight as both sides attempt to close the gap to pacesetters Dundalk.

Both sides come of the back of wins, City have taken the three points away to Limerick, while Pat Fenlon's side enjoyed a 3-2 success over Longford Town.

Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon watches on during Republic of Ireland squad training ahead of their game against Gibraltar

Both sides have shared 10 draws between them already this season. No side has drawn more than Rovers (6) and you'd imagine a point on Leeside would be taken before the match.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship: Clare v Limerick

Limerick to win 15/8

This will be their first meeting in the Munster championship since 2008 when Clare won by 4-12 to 1-16 in the semi-final in Thurles and defeat could have a huge effect on either side.

Clare have won only one competitive game since the beginning of April last year, while the Treaty men were humbled during a 12-point loss to Dublin in the National League semi-final.

Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy is determined to make it a winning trip to Croke Park

Clare failed last year to show the level of performance that delivered Liam McCarthy the year before, while Limerick went toe-to-toe with eventual champions Kilkenny at the penultimate stage before bowing out in the pouring rain at Croke Park.

Davy Fitzgerald is missing some key players and while they are the bookies favourites, Limerick may just have enough to show that the semi-final performance against the cats was no flash in the pan.

Ulster Senior Football Championship: Monaghan v Cavan

Monaghan half-time/full-time 11/8

Monaghan have won five, lost one and drawn one of their last seven Ulster championship games, the sole defeat coming against Donegal in last year’s final.

Cavan have won only one of their last five first round Ulster championship games.

Monaghan's Conor McManus.

Throw into the mix that Malachy O'Rourke's finished third in Division 1 this year before losing narrowly to Dublin in the semi-final, while Cavan finished fifth in Division 2.

Everything points to a Monaghan win.

Crowne Plaza Invitational, Texas

Jordan Spieth, Kevin Na or Bo weekly to win, 10/11

Always difficult to look past the Americans on home soil, and this American trio have begun in blistering form.

Spieth, Na and Weekly are joined by Japanese player Ryo Ishikawa at the top of the leader board at Fort Worth in Texas and it is well worth backing one of them to emerge victorious on Sunday.

Jordan Spieth

Na's ability to hold his nerve in the final rounds has been questioned by some, but the Korean-American is a consistent operator and will be keen to add to his single PGA tour win.

Weekly and Spieth are more likely to claim the title, but all three look in a strong position after day one.

A €5 bet will give a return of €449.53 if results come to pass.

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