Limerick have better panel but Galway have better team and that counts more
All-Ireland final could be one of the greatest of all time
Limerick might have the better panel but Galway have the best starting 15 and that can make the difference in what is surely going to be one of the greatest All-Ireland finals of all time.
Of course Limerick can call upon Shane Dowling to change the game in the second half but Galway could be away and gone at that stage and I fancy the Tribesmen to defend their crown.
Galway are the All-Ireland champions and have been criticised and analysed to death. Every player, every performance and every move they make has been scrutinised and I can't help but think they are building up to a crescendo.
When you are All-Ireland champions, teams are always going to raise their game against you. Galway have raised the bar and got to the level that other teams want to be reaching.
Galway have changed their game mentality-wise. The old Galway would have been caught against Clare. They would be out. The new Galway are able to grind out results. That ability to win ugly is what sets the 2018 Galway apart from the 2016 and 2017 Galway.
Galway have evolved. Their forwards are moving around. Conor Whelan to centre-forward and Joe Canning out to the wing, Johny Glynn to the half-forward line and then back in to the edge of the square. All their forwards can play in all positions. That is very hard to defend against. Limerick's forwards tend to stay in the same positions all the time.
I don't think it is going to be as high-scoring as people think. It is an All-Ireland final after all and players will be jittery in the early stages.
You could see a winning score of 2-20 and I suspect that will be Galway, while Limerick might only get 1-18.Under 51.5 match points is the way to go with Paddy Power.
The best bet on the match final coupon is for Galway to win both halves at 5-2 with BoyleSports.
Galway to win both halves
2pts 5-2 BoyleSports
Conor Cooney first goalscorer
1pt 9-1 BoyleSports
Cathal Mannion Man Of The Match
1pt 16-1 Betfair, Paddy Power
Under 51.5 points
2pts 5-6 Paddy Power
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