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Bear in the Square: The top tips for this weekend’s Connacht action

The Bear in the Square is here with his first betting column of the year, as the Connacht championship gets under way.

Its the May Bank holiday weekend and summer has finally arrived! Well, it may not feel like summer outside yet, but with the beginning of the GAA football championship this weekend, you can be sure it will warm the hearts of GAA followers around the country.

Our betting selections for the weekends action are outlined below. Remember to give @bearnthesquare a follow on Twitter for further betting selections on club and county action throughout the summer!

New York vs Leitrim

The arrival of Jamie Clarke has been a real coup for New York and he adds All-Star quality to their forward line.

In defence, they are captained by former Mayo star Tom Cunniffe who lined out at corner back in the 2013 All Ireland Final.

In contrast to New York, Leitrim have played a full league campaign this winter. While they didn’t perform particularly well, these competitive games should stand to them heading into this contest.

Their panel is sprinkled with some exciting young talent. The 2017 U21 side nearly beat eventual All-Ireland finalists Galway ,while their junior team won the Connacht provincial championship.

Experienced players like Emlyn Mulligan, Paddy Maguire and Darragh Rooney create a solid backbone to this side.

We expect this to be a high scoring game with plenty of goal chances for both sides. Leitrim scored heavily in a number of games in Division 4 and know how to find the net.

As the game progresses we expect New York to tire and this should allow Leitrim the chance to tag on some scores and eventually win.

With Jamie Clarke in their ranks, New York will always pose a goal threat. On his last meeting with Leitrim, the Armagh forward scored 2-03.

New York will need goals to win this, but in doing this they will leave space at the back which makes the both teams to score selection our stand out pick this weekend.

Bear’s Bets:

2pts on Leitrim to score over 17.5pts (evens with Boylesports)

1.5pts on Both Teams to Score A Goal (6/5 with Paddy Power)

1pt Both Teams to Score A Goal and Leitrim to Win (9/4 with Paddy Power)

London vs Sligo

The summer of 2013 will live long in the memory of London followers after famously reaching the Connacht final. It all started with a win over Sligo and they will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

A lot of London hopes are resting on the fitness of Liam Irwin. The Mayo minor and U21 All-Ireland winner damaged his hamstring in a recent club game and it is unclear if he will play any part.

Sligo are under new management this year and were disappointing in Division 3 of the league. However, when they needed to dig out results they produced solid performances against Longford and Derry.

In recent years Sligo have had some exciting underage teams and these players are starting to emerge now. They have named a strong starting 15 and old heads like Charlie Harrision and Adrian Marren will be a calming influence.

We like the look of Sligo in this. They have named a strong line up and a lot of talk coming from the camp this week has been positive.

They know better than anyone what to expect in Ruslip and this will stand to them. London have a few injury concerns and are likely find this tough going. Sligo have the potential to tag on big scores, and if the focus is there from the start we can see them winning well in the end.

Bear’s Bets:

2pts on Sligo -2 points (8/11 with Boylesports)

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