AFTER Limerick’s 1-25 to 16 points defeat to Dublin in the league quarter-final and Clare’s close run games against Kilkenny - if the match was played then the Banner County would have been odds on to beat the Treatymen.
But here we are in the third week of May and Limerick are slight favourites with a number of bookies at 10/11. Clare are 11/10 and the draw is 10/1.
During the week PaddyPower cut Limerick from even money into odds on and BoyleSports, Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill followed suit.
A PaddyPower spokesperson said from day one the feeling behind the game was there wouldn’t be much in it at any stage which “would have been represented in our prices for Munster where Clare were 5/1 and Limerick were 6/1”.
“Generally we’d try not to judge a team on one game [Limerick’s loss to Dublin] and Clare’s various league panel problems and results, and the fact that last year Limerick folded against Galway in the league and then beat Tipp led us to believe that it was completely a 50/50 game,” said the spokesperson.
The move to push Limerick into slight favouritism was not due to a flood of money for TJ Ryan’s men. Indeed, all the early money was for Clare.
“The reason for the slight edge toward Limerick was the injury concerns to Conor McGrath and since then Conor Ryan, who we would think would be considerable losses to Clare, but it wasn’t because of any money on the Limerick side.
“The majority of early money was all for Clare but they now seem to be coming for both teams,” added the spokesperson.