Sky Bet's Jamie Casey tips Kerry to win the 2013 All Ireland Football Championship
By Jamie Casey - Twitter: @skyjamiecasey. Last Updated: 17/05/13 3:10pm
National League Division One champions Dublin are favourites to win the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship for the 24th time.
On paper, the Dubs arguably have the best starting XV in the country, with their blend of youth and experience shining through en route to the 2013 league title earlier this year.
Virtually unchallenged for the Leinster title (8/15), they're sure to be involved in the latter rounds of the main event and their odds of 5/2 could well pay dividends come September 22nd, but they will be tested if they come up against the pressing style of the Ulster teams.
In particular, reigning All-Ireland champions Donegal (9/2) offer a big threat if they bring their high-pressure, stamina-reliant style to the competition once again this season, but only Kerry have managed to retain the title in the last 20 years.
Jim McGuinness' well-organised troops face a difficult opening game in the defence of their Ulster and All-Ireland titles as the two best sides in the province bid to dump each other out in round one when Tyrone visit Ballybofey on May 26th.
One side who are good value for the All-Ireland, also known as the Sam Maguire, are Kerry (9/2), who finished the league season in fine form and will benefit from the kind side of the draw.
The Kingdom look to have rediscovered their appetite in conjunction with Colm Cooper's return to form and on that basis they've got to be considered Dublin's biggest challengers, and the capital club's prowess has no doubt been enhanced by the Dublin-based Irish media.
As for Tyrone, they cannot be ruled out due to their tremendous experience having won the Sam Maguire three times in the last decade. Mickey Harte's men are notoriously hard to beat and if they defeat Donegal in their opening game their price of 11/4 for the Ulster title will likely be cut into odds-on.
At 10/1 for a fourth All-Ireland, Tyrone are one of the best value bets available but Kerry, the most successful side in the history of the sport, at 9/2 is not to be sniffed at, with each-way betting available in Sky Bet's All-Ireland market.
There are alternative value bets available, though, most notably Leitrim - who possess one of the best free-takers in the game in Emlyn Mulligan - to win the Connacht championship at 22/1, on the back of their FBD Insurance League success in January.
Odds are subject to change