It’s the opening game of the 2019 Connacht Championship and but it could be a tighter match than expected for Galway against London.
This is Galway’s tenth championship meeting with London extending back to their first meeting 1977. Galway have won the previous nine, the most recent coming in 2014 when they had 19 points to spare . The closest London came was in 1999 (a year Galway were defending the All-Ireland title) when the exiles lost by ten points. But London have played a lot better in recent home games in the champioship
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2014: Galway 3-17 London 0-7 (Connacht first round)
2009: Galway 1-18 London 1-7 (Connacht first round)
2004: Galway 8-14 London 0-8 ((Connacht first round)
1999: Galway 1-18 London 1-8 (Connacht first round)
1994: Galway 2-21 London 0-6 (Connacht first round)
*There were 27 places between the sides in this year’s Allianz League. Galway came fifth in Division 1 (four wins, three defeats) while London finished bottom of Division 4 (one win, six defeats).
*Galway are bidding to retain the Connacht title while London are attempting to win their first provincial game since 2013 when they beat Sligo and Leitrim to reach the fi nal for the first time.
*London lost to Sligo by 1-21 to 1-11 in last year’s Connacht championship and later lost to Louth (2-26 to 1-19) in the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.
*Shane Walsh was Galway’s top marksman in the Allianz League, scoring 0-26 (0-18 frees). Danny Cummins (4-4) was the top scorer from play.
*Liam Gavaghan was London’s top scorer in the League, landing 0–27 (0-21 frees). Killian Butler was top scorer from play on 1-11.
It’s Galway 1/50 (Ladbrokes & Paddypower) and London at 14/1 (Boylesports) so unless you are a diehard London supporter we couldn’t see many people having an interest in this market.
London have beaten the handicap in this game five of the last seven years. So the London +13 points (Paddypower, Ladbrokes, Boylesports) could be a bit of value, but again this will depend a lot on team selections and weather. This is a game where any move in the handicap should be closely watched. CHECK BELOW FOR UPDATES
Total points is under/over 37.5pts, which looks high
There looks to be a good chance of rain so expect a low scoring game
Galway: R Lavelle; E Kerin, S A O’Ceallaigh, D Wynne; L Silke (0-1), J Daly, G O’Donnell (0-1); T Flynn (0-1), M Daly; A O’Laoi (0-1), P Cunningham (0-1), J Heaney (0-1); I Burke (0-2), S Walsh (0-7, 5f, 1 ’45), D Cummins. Subs: R Finnerty for Cummins (48mins), F O Curraoin for Cunningham (52), G Bradshaw for O’Donnell (61), E Brannigan for Daly (70).
London: G McEvoy; P Butler, M Moynihan, C O’Neill; D Carrabine, M Clarke, E Flanagan; A McDermott, L Feerick; M Gottsche, L Gavaghan (0-1), B Tully; C Doran (0-6, 3f), F McMahon (0-1), K Butler (1-1). Subs: A McGarvey for Tully (64mins), S Hickey for Doran (64), J Hynes for McMahon (64), D Dunne for Carrabine (64), P McGirr for O’Neill (70).
Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh)
Useful Quotes from players and managers
Nothing much from either side that will help.
Wednesday/Friday/ Sunday UPDATES
Come back on Wednesday for our first look to see have there been any changes in the betting.
There is no movement on the outright betting, but Paddypower and Boylesports are now gone to -14 which is no surprise considering the expected sunny conditions, we could see lots of goals.
Still at -+-14, it really looks high for a London team that usually plays well at home.
Its back to -13 which might indicate that a few London fans think that they might get closer today.