Tyrone vs Clare Prediction: Preview & Odds - All Ireland Group 3 Round 2 Football

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TournamentAll Ireland SFC
Timetable2nd June, 13:30 GMT
PredictionTyrone To Win!
Tyrone To Win!
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Tyrone take on Clare this Sunday 2nd June in Healy Park, Tyrone in what is a must-win match for both counties, having both tasted defeat in Round 1 in a competitive Group 3. Tyrone lost by a margin of 7 points to group favourites Donegal, while Clare suffered a 2-point defeat to Munster rivals Cork. Tyrone come into the game as heavy favourites and have home advantage so it will be a long trip north of the border for Clare in what might be a difficult afternoon for the Banner county.

Clare put in a strong Munster Final performance versus Kerry and against Cork last time out, but tasted defeat on both occasions. Clare played their league football in Division 3, whereas Tyrone were in Division 1 and this gulf in quality will have to show on Sunday. Clare put in a good performance against Division 1 Kerry who certainly were not at their best in the Munster Final but still succumbed to a 7-point defeat on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-23.

Despite a good showing versus Cork, Clare will find it difficult this time out. Tyrone met a determined Donegal last time out and their performance did not fit the scoreline of 0-21 to 0-14, it was by no means a domination by Donegal. Home advantage will be a huge factor for Tyrone, especially considering the visitors have significant travel involved for this All-Ireland match.

🏆 Tyrone vs Clare All Ireland Group 3 Round 2 Championship Prediction

I fully expect Tyrone to have too much for Clare in the form of quality and match sharpness in big games like this one. When looking at the stats for each side's last game the difference in quality is seen. Tyrone are much more careful in possession than that of their Division 3 opponents. In total versus Donegal, Tyrone lost 10 turnovers in possession. In contrast, Clare lost 21 turnovers in possession versus Cork.

Tyrone have more care for the ball in possession and if Clare lose the ball as much as they did versus Cork, then they will be severely punished by Tyrone with the quality that they possess in their forward line. Clare also conceded 10 frees versus Cork, 7 of which resulted in shots by Cork. Tyrone were very clinical in their free taking versus Donegal scoring 6 out of 7 frees taken at goal. By contrast, Tyrone conceded 7 frees, Donegal converting each of them. Tyrone will also have to be careful about conceding frees as Clare converted 7 out of 7 attempts versus Cork.

Both sides are very careful with their kick-outs with Clare winning 19 out of 20 of their own kick-outs versus Cork, while Tyrone won 22 out of 27 of their own kick-outs versus Donegal. This is important in the modern game as teams focus heavily on winning their kickouts to gain primary possession.

However, the main statistic that stands out are the turnovers. Clare concede too many turnovers for this level of football. Tyrone only conceded 10 turnovers versus Donegal and it was still not enough to get closer to Donegal on the scoreboard. Possession is so important in football these days, and being careless in possession like Clare were versus Cork will see them struggle at this level.

My Prediction: 🏆 Tyrone to win!

💯 Tyrone vs Clare All Ireland Group 3 Round 2 Championship Odds

The odds for this Sunday’s encounter heavily favour the hosts, Tyrone, with Clare being outsiders by all the major bookmakers. This is understandable due to the quality of opposition both sides played throughout the league with Tyrone facing high-quality sides on a weekly basis, whereas Clare mainly faced teams who are now playing in the second tier competition, The Tailteann Cup. This should stand to Tyrone and they should have more quality at their disposal with forwards such as Darren McCurry and Darragh Canavan, who caused Donegal severe problems last weekend with 0-4 and 0-3 scores respectively.

Clare will no doubt put up a good fight and I am not writing them off completely. They have spent the better part of a decade proving people wrong, however, I just expect that if Tyrone shows up on Sunday they should have more than enough to deal with any potential threat that Clare will pose to them. At this moment in time, the 2021 All-Ireland Champions Tyrone are not really in the discussion for potential All-Ireland winners and this might suit them. A win this Sunday guarantees them progress to the next round, and if they can do that and remain under the radar, they can cause a few shocks. Back in 2021, they went under the radar all the way to the semi-final, shocking highly fancied Kerry in extra time before beating Mayo in the final. They need to pick up momentum to ignite their championship and they can do this with a comfortable victory vs Clare.

🏅Tyrone vs Clare: Match Winner

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✔️ Tyrone vs Clare - Betting Tips

Not sure where to leverage your free bets? Have a look at my top three tips:

  • Tip 1: Tyrone Handicap -7: Tyrone are expected to be victorious in this weekend's All-Ireland Championship Group 3 Round 2 clash. Their score difference could be very important in them achieving 2nd or 3rd place in this group depending on how other results go. They currently have a -7 score difference after last weekend's defeat to group leaders Donegal and a convincing win here vs Clare will go a long way in helping them climb back up the table and maybe even hand them a slightly easier preliminary Quarter Final depending on if they get 2nd or 3rd place.

    Tyrone’ main focus at the weekend should obviously be primarily about getting the job done with a win, but if they perform to the levels they can, it could easily turn out to be a convincing win, much to the despair of Clare.

    Clare might find it difficult to live with Tyrone if they are in full flow and this could lead to the margin getting wider as the game progresses. If Tyrone come out of the blocks fast and take an early lead, Clare will be straight away on the backfoot chasing the game which could leave them having to take risks, ultimately leaving them vulnerable at the back to Tyrone’s quality forward line of Darren McCurry and the Canavan brothers Darragh and Ruairi. 888 Sports are giving good odds on a Tyrone -7 handicap currently standing at 1.90 for this specific bet. The gulf in quality, the statistics, and Tyrone’s home advantage all point to a routine victory for Tyrone and would take a major upset by Clare to walk out of Healy Park with the 2 points.
  • Tip 2: Darren McCurry to score a goal anytime: In my opinion, if the game develops as I suspect and Clare are left chasing scores to claw back a potential deficit, this will leave them open at the back for quality footballers such as Darragh Canavan and Darren McCurry. Both forwards caused the Donegal backline to score 0-7 with Canavan scoring 0-3 and McCurry scoring 0-4. BoyleSports have Canavan as the favourite to score anytime at odds of 1.83. This is a good price as the 22-year-old son of legendary Tyrone star Peter Canavan is certainly one of the biggest prospects around showing the quality he can reach at an early stage of his career.

    However, I am tipping the more experienced member of Tyrone’s devastating duo Darren McCurry to hit the back of the net this coming Sunday. McCurry will be confident after his 0-4 last week and may benefit from the focus of the Clare defenders being on the younger Darragh Canavan which could allow him to find space in dangerous areas and ultimately have the umpire raise the green flag in his favour. He himself is in good form, and at a price of 1.83 I think this is a good bet if someone wanted stronger odds than Canavan but is still an outcome that is very likely with McCurry as mentioned in great form.
  • Tip 3: Highest Scoring Half (Second Half): The last betting tip is courtesy of BoyleSports who have odds on which half will accumulate the most goals. I am going to look at this firstly opinionated before some stats-based information based on both Tyrone and Clare’s last match in this year's championship.

    I think Tyrone will be comfortable in this match, but early on Clare will try and make it difficult defending in numbers especially since they are away from home. This could lead to a low-scoring first half, but if Tyrone manage to go into the second half with even a slender lead, Clare will be forced to be more open in the second thus allowing for a higher-scoring second half with scores coming from both teams as Clare chase the game and Tyrone exploit any potential spaces.

    If we look statistically at it using the points accumulated by both teams in their opening round game, then the second half will be the half with the most points. Last week versus Donegal, Tyrone scored 0-9 in the first while Clare scored 0-4 in their first half versus Cork two weeks ago, a total of 13 points between the two of them. Tyrone scored 0-5 in their second half while Clare scored 1-7 which is 10 points, meaning combined in the second half they scored 15 points.

    Tyrone will be in more control this time around so will likely score more points in this game, especially the second half so signs point to the second half being more score heavy than the first half with BoyleSports giving odds of 2.50 for this being the case.

1️⃣ Tyrone Update

Last 5 Games
Donegal 0-21
Tyrone 0-14
All Ireland Group 3 Round 1 Senior Football Championship
Donegal 0-18
Tyrone 0-16
Ulster Football Championship - Semi Final
Cavan 3-16
Tyrone 1-23
Ulster Football Championship - Quarter Final
Dublin 5-18
Tyrone 0-12
Allianz Football League Roinn 1
Tyrone 1-19
Monaghan 2-13
Allianz Football League Roinn 1

Luckily, there are no injury concerns for Tyrone.

2️⃣ Clare Update

Last 5 Games
Clare 1-11
Cork 1-13
All Ireland Group 3 Round 1 Senior Football Championship
Clare 1-13
Kerry 0-23
Munster Football Championship - Final
Waterford 1-9
Clare 2-20
Munster Football Championship - Semi Final
Down 3-15
Clare 1-10
Allianz Football League Roinn 3
Clare 0-15
Antrim 0-12
Allianz Football League Roinn 2

Clare also have no injury concerns.

👕 Tyrone vs Clare - Potential Lineups

Goalkeeper N. Morgan S. Ryan Goalkeeper
Right Corner-Back N. Devlin M. Doherty Right Corner-Back
Full-Back P. Hampsey C. Brennan Full-Back
Left Corner-Back M. McKernan R. Lanigan Left Corner-Back
Right Half-Back B. Cullen M. Garry Right Half-Back
Centre Half-Back M. Donnelly C. Rouine Centre Half-Back
Left Half-Back K. McGeary I. Ugwueru Left Half-Back
Midfielder B. Kennedy D. Bohannon Midfielder
Midfielder C. Kilpatrick B. McNamara Midfielder
Right Half-Forward C. Daly D. Walsh Right Half-Forward
Centre Half-Forward M. O’Neill D. Coughlan Centre Half-Forward
Left Half-Forward S. O’Donnell G. Murray Left Half-Forward
Right Corner-Forward D. McCurry E. McMahon Right Corner-Forward
Full Forward D. Canavan A. Griffin Full Forward
Left Corner-Forward R. Canavan C. Downes Full Forward

Tyrone To Win!

✒️ Jack Guing – Expert Tipster

I am Jack Guing, a 23-year-old hailing from County Offaly in Ireland. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and History from Maynooth University and a master’s degree in Sports Performance from the University of Limerick. I am a keen sports fan with an avid interest in GAA, soccer, and golf. My passion for performance analysis in sport offers a data-driven style to deliver informative predictions.