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Donegal vs Mayo Predictions, Betting Tips, and H2H 02/06/2024


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The Nicky Rackard Cup Final is around the corner. Donegal will face Mayo at 4:15 pm on Sunday, June 2nd in Croke Park. The game has massive consequences for both counties with a place in the Christy Ring Cup at stake.

Donegal is hoping for redemption in this hurling game after they lost last year’s final to Wicklow. Mayo enters this game as the underdog and has a poor recent record against their fellow finalists. But they hope to have a better result this time.

Tír Chonaill defeated Mayo earlier this year and will be confident of a double against the Westerners. But they can’t take anything for granted. This will be a great hurling game with massive ramifications.

Donegal vs Mayo Key Stats and Head-to-Head

Donegal is enjoying a great season across both codes in 2024. They breezed into the Nicky Rackard Cup Final with a simple win over Roscommon on May 11th. This was a straightforward victory, showing why they’re the favourites for winning this competition.

It was a competitive match for the first 20 minutes, with the teams tied at six points. But Donegal stepped up a gear in the second half. Sean Ward finally scored despite Enda Lawless’ best efforts in goal for Roscommon. Liam McKinney and Gerry Gilmore led the way for Donegal. Tír Chonaill won the game 1-25 to 2-10 as they achieved a dominant win. This meant they sealed their spot in the final with a round left to play.

Mayo finished in second place on the table after a draw with Roscommon. This was a hard-fought match and the Rossies will feel they allowed the game to slip away. Roscommon knew they needed a win, but Mayo took an early lead. The Westerners led 1-10 to 0-9 at half-time. Robbie Fallon and Brendan Mulry scored a brace of points each as they led their team. Roscommon fought back in the second half but couldn’t do enough to win. Mayo rode their luck, but in the end, they earned a spot in the Final.

Donegal and Mayo have played many times in the Nicky Rackard Cup. They met in the final in 2020 with the Ulster team winning. Meanwhile, they faced each other earlier this season. Tír Chonaill emerged victorious on the day, winning 0-21 to 0-13. Their ability to accumulate points is one of their most dangerous weapons.

The first half of this game was very competitive, with both teams leading at various points. They went into the break at 0-8 apiece before Mayo took an early second-half lead. However, Donegal stepped up to another level, as they’ve done several times this season. Gerry Gilmore scored eight points from play while Luke McKinney grabbed three. Donegal spread their scores throughout their team and ran away with this game. It was a tough loss for Mayo after they started so well.

Gilmore has been one of Donegal’s standout players this season. His all-right game is inspiring his teammates. Meanwhile, he’s an excellent leader and has been very consistent with his frees. This is a tremendous responsibility, but he’s lived up to it. Eight of his nine points against Roscommon came from set pieces.

McKinney also enjoyed a brilliant campaign. He was superb against Armagh in their opening game and played well against Mayo at their previous meeting. The likes of McKinney and Gilmore belong at a higher level.

Mayo’s Bobby Douglas is another supreme player. He is one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the country. Meanwhile, his free-taking ability is fantastic, as we saw in his last match against Tír Chonaill. Many experts think Mayo has rebounded well from their previous defeat to Donegal. Their campaign could have gone off the rails. However, they steadied the ship and did what they had to do. It will be a massive challenge to beat Donegal in this final.

Donegal vs Mayo Predictions

Correct Score Prediction: Donegal 1-25 Mayo 2-10

We predict Donegal will convincingly beat Mayo in the Nicky Rackard Cup Final. Tír Chonaill already defeated Mayo this year. They have also been the most dominant team in the competition. Donegal is ready to erase the disappointment of 2023. This is bad news for the Westerners.

Mayo didn’t convincingly earn their spot in the final. It looked like Donegal is a tier above all the other teams in this year’s Nicky Rackard Cup. However, this is a final and anything can happen. Brian Finn and Ray Larkin will motivate their team because they have a rare opportunity to win a trophy. Luke McKinney and Gerry Gilmore will be the best players in Croke Park on the day. These players had fantastic seasons and will be crucial for Donegal’s success. It will be challenging for Mayo to absorb their firepower.

This is a great opportunity for Donegal’s hurlers to escape from their Gaelic football team’s shadow for a day. They have some outstanding talents, including their youthful captain Conor Gartland. He is the youngest man to wear the armband in Donegal GAA history. Ruairi Campbell has also had a good year for the Tír Chonaill men.

If Mayo is to pull off a shock successfully, they’ll have to stop Donegal from scoring so many points. This will be a challenge because they’ve been clinical. Our GAA prediction sees Mayo scoring more goals, but they’ll struggle to match Donegal’s output.

Bobby Douglas is arguably the superior goalkeeper, but he may not have much to do in this game. He’s an excellent stopper, but Donegal will hope to reduce him to watching sliotars pass over his head.

Meanwhile, Mayo’s scoring prowess is why they’re in this final. Their superior scoring difference ensured they would finish ahead of Roscommon. They’ve Cormac Phillips to thank for many of their scores. He was outstanding against the Rossies with 1-6 including three frees. Sean Regan showed his steel in that game as he scored a decisive penalty.

Live betting is a great option for this game because it could go either way. If Mayo pulls off a shock first-half lead, the odds will fluctuate. It may make sense to bet on Donegal to win the second half because they’ll be desperate to gain a promotion.

Hurler juggling the sliotar

Donegal vs Mayo Betting Tips

Donegal is the favourite because they’ve been ahead of every team in the Nicky Rackard Cup this year. They defeated Mayo earlier this season and will believe they can do it again. Check our sports betting site for the latest odds. Tír Chonaill is currently available at 1/3. This means that a €10 stake could make a €3.33 profit. These are fair odds because they’re a better team on paper than Mayo. However, betting on hurling is exciting because anything can happen at this level.

Mayo is an 11/4 underdog. The same €10 stake could see a €27.50 profit if successful. This shows that the bookmakers don’t give the Westerners much hope. It’s a big ask for them to beat Donegal, but it’s not out of the question.

This time, the teams will meet on neutral territory at Croke Park. Donegal has recent experience of playing at the GAA headquarters after their defeat last year. They’ll be determined to show that they learnt from that experience. Playing at Croke Park isn’t like anywhere else in the country.

It’s wise to look at other markets and prop bets. Our betting site predicts Donegal to score many points in this game. It’s 3/10 for them to take a seven-point lead against the Westerners. This means that there’s a chance of a €3 profit. It’s not a huge amount, but it could be a good option alongside a Donegal win.

Meanwhile, it’s 13/5 for Mayo to achieve the same feat. This could see returns of €36. This will be difficult for Mayo and they’ll depend on their young forwards, like Cormac Phillips, to shoot them ahead.

The goalscoring markets are also worth a glance. Gerry Gilmore is the most likely Donegal player to score for his team. Cormac Phillips has been Mayo’s main goal threat this season. Gilmore and Luke McKinney are the most likely to win the Man of the Match award.

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