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Champions installed as favourites ahead of start of Laois hurling and football championships

The new fixtures for the hurling championships are here

Rathdowney-Errill and Portlaoise have been installed as favourites for this year’s Laois senior hurling and football championships respectively ahead of the action getting underway this week.

The hurling competitions begin this week and Rathdowney-Errill are 7/4 favourites with Paddy Power to retain the title they won last year.

Though there is no form to go on due to all games having been cancelled earlier in the year, Rathdowney-Errill will start as favourites as they attempt to win their seventh senior title since 2006. They have never won back-to-back titles.

Camross, who won the title in 2017 and 2018, are at 5/2 while 2016 champions Borris-Kilcotton are 11/4 and 2015 winners Clough-Ballacolla are 5/1.

There is then a big gap to Castletown on 14/1, Abbeyleix on 25/1 while Ballinakill and senior newcomers Rosenallis are 33/1.

In the football, Portlaoise are odds on at 4/7 to retain the Jack Delaney Cup and do four-in-a-row. Portarlington, who Portlaoise only beat narrowly in last year’s semi-final, are next at 4/1 while Killeshin, O’Dempsey’s and Graiguecullen are 14/1.

Though it’s hard to know what Paddy Power are going on, you can get huge prices of 66/1 on Courtwood and Arles-Kilcruise while The Heath, who have been in the relegation playoffs in three of the last four years, are the longest priced at 80/1.

For both competitions you can get each way odds at a third of the price, offering the chance to bet on a team reaching the final.

Laois SHC

  • Rathdowney-Errill – 7/4
  • Camross – 5/2
  • Borris-Kilcotton – 11/4
  • Clough-Ballacolla – 5/1
  • Castletown – 14/1
  • Abbeyleix – 25/1
  • Ballinakill – 33/1
  • Rosenallis – 33/1

Laois SFC

  • Portlaoise – 4/7
  • Portarlington – 4/1
  • Graiguecullen – 14/1
  • Killeshin – 14/1
  • O’Dempsey’s – 14/1
  • St Joseph’s – 14/1
  • Ballyfin – 20/1
  • Stradbally – 20/1
  • Emo – 25/1
  • Arles-Killeen – 25/1
  • Ballyroan-Abbey – 33/1
  • Ballylinan – 50/1
  • Rosenallis – 50/1
  • Arles-Kilcruise – 66/1
  • Courtwood – 66/1
  • The Heath – 80/1

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