The football stars of Dublin broke Mayo hearts yet again on Saturday evening to secure Sam Maguire’s spot in the capital for the fourth time in six years.
They were made to work all the way by the Westerners, but eventually ran out All-Ireland champions for a second year in a row thanks to a 1-15 to 1-14 victory at Croke Park.
Dublin’s win also justified the radical changes implemented by manager Jim Gavin before throw-in, as he coldly cut three players from the drawn game’s starting line-up.
His switches panned out as plotted and Gavin’s now won his third title in four years as a result. To be frank, this Dublin side just look unstoppable.
In his time in charge, Gavin’s sky blue juggernaut has only been stopped once – Donegal in 2014’s semi-final – in 25 Championship outings and Saturday’s replay victory landed Dublin’s first two-in-row since the late 70s.
The victory also meant the Boys in Blue went through the whole of 2016 in League and Championship unbeaten – in fact they haven’t lost in either competition since March 2015. So the question on the GAA public’s lip has been just what can they go onto achieve?
Well our traders had to ask themselves the same question and you won’t be surprised to hear that Dubs are the favourites to claim three-in-a-row in 2017.
With next season already on people’s minds (you can bet Jim Gavin’s already on it), the relatively low age profile of the Dubs panel had to make them frontrunners.
They’re followed by their vanquished final opponents Mayo in 2017’s outright market at , with old enemy Kerry third favourites.
Punters looking for a value play of Dublin somehow not winning Sam Maguire next year may look towards Tyrone, in what could be Mickey Harte’s last year in charge at . Donegal then follow, totally adrift of the top four on odds of .
Looking further ahead is where the interesting odds lie for people wishing to punt on Dublin. A record equalling four-in-a-row (with Wexford and Kerry, twice) in 2018 comes in at 7/2.
However, if customers want to back the Dubs to beat the famous hoo-doo (we’re looking at you Seamus Darby) and achieve a historic first ever five-in-a-row in intercounty Gaelic football, can grab Dublin at a 7/1 to achieve what is seemingly one of GAA’s most impossible feats.