Both teams had easy wins in the opening round of the Connacht Championship, Mayo easy beat New York and Roscommon hammered a resurgent Leitrim
Mayo are 1/4 with Betfred and 2/9 with most of the other bookmakers, Roscommon can be backed at 5/1 with Betway and 9/2 with Powers and Boylesports, the best price on the draw is 12/1 with Betfred (11:48am Friday 24th May)
You can get Mayo -5 with Paddypower at 10/11 and you can get Roscommon +6 at 10/11 with Befred (11:48am Friday 24th May)
Paddypower are under/over 32.5 at 5/6, this looks quite low in game with too high scoring teams
It’s expected there might be some showers, but it shouldn’t effect the game in any major way.
Mayo: Chris Barrett, Michael Plunkett and captain Diarmuid O’Connor come into the side, with Colm Boyle, James McCormack and James Carr missing out.
Mayo: Robert Hennelly, Chris Barrett, Brendan Harrison, Keith Higgins, Patrick Durcan, Michael Plunkett, Lee Keegan, Matthew Ruane, Aidan O’Shea, Fergal Boland, Jason Doherty, Diarmuid O’Connor, Evan Regan, Darren Coen, Kevin McLoughlin
Roscommon – There are no changes to the side that beat Leitrim
Roscommon: Darren O’Malley, David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Conor Daly, Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly, Tadgh O’Rourke, Shane Killoran, Hubert Darcy, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy, Ultan Harney, Conor Cox, Diarmuid Murtagh
Last 5 Championship Meetings
2017 Mayo 4-19 Roscommon 0-09 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)
2017 Mayo 1-12 Roscommon 2-09 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2014 Mayo 0-13 Roscommon 1-09 (Connacht semi-final)
2013 Mayo 0-21 Roscommon 0-09 (Connacht semi-final)
2011 Mayo 0-13 Roscommon 0-11 (Connacht Final)
Useful quotes from managers and pundits
Anthony Cunningham Roscommon manager “We want to show how good we are. There is no better place to do that than against Mayo on their home turf,” said Cunningham, who coached the Dublin hurlers last year.
“That is why we train every night. That is what we play for and that is why you are an inter-county player.
“We may have a score to settle with them. They beat us there in the league and we were very close that night. We want to go down there and give it a real go. We know how good Mayo are. They are everybody’s favourite bar Dublin to win the All-Ireland.
“They have been the bridesmaids and the best team bar Dublin for the last five years. Everybody would have hoped that they had gone and won an All-Ireland. That is how much respect they have for them.”
“Look, we were happy with the league. Obviously, we would’ve been happier if we stayed up, but we got a lot from the performances.
“There wasn’t massive disappointment at the end of it to be honest with you. Yeah, we’ll be disappointed that we won’t be playing the Division 1 teams next year because that’s where you learn the most.
“It’s all about performance and it’s all about getting better and there were a lot of performances we’re happy with, but we’re not the finished article yet.
“We’re a development team and we want to keep improving. Our biggest concern, wish and goal for the championship is to improve our performances from the league.”
Former Mayo manager John Maughan
“I know the Mayo lads will be absolutely tuned and there will be no complacency around this game. I have no doubt that this Mayo team are far better than this Roscommon team,” he is quoted saying by the Mayo News.
“I think the Roscommon result in Carrick-on-Shannon against Leitrim was a good result for Mayo, because Roscommon might come in with a certain belief that they can go and compete with Mayo. I don’t think they will.
“I think Mayo are a far, far better proposition now than they were seven or eight months ago. They have had an injection and infusion of so much new talent that they’ll be too strong, physically too strong for them, and that Mayo will win the game comfortably.
“I would be absolutely shocked if Mayo didn’t come out comfortable winners.”
Summations of the betting
This game has stayed pretty close to the original prices with both team naming there strongest teams, Betfred have went 1/1 to 5/6 on Mayo -5, we will be back on Saturday afternoon to see is there any late moves.