So welcome to my new column where I will be giving my thoughts on the weekend’s gaa action. We all have been missing inter-county action since March but it’s finally back and it’s back with a bang, with games in all four divisions as well as two All-Ireland U-20 semi-finals. Let’s take a look at the games below.
The first game I am going to look at it is Monaghan v Kerry.
The games takes place at 2pm at Clones on Saturday. Monaghan currently sit in 6th in the division so a win will be key here going forward for them. Kerry are second just behind Galway. There are no injury reports in the Monaghan camp so players like Conor McManus will once again be key for the Farney. Looking at Kerry, Peter Keane has said that players like Jack Barry, James O’Donoghue and Peter Crowley could feature.
Current odds have Kerry as 8/15 favourites with Monaghan 15/8. I fancy Kerry to win this by 2 points.
— Radio Kerry Sport (@radiokerrysport) October 13, 2020
Dublin v Meath also takes place on Saturday with throw in at 7pm in Croke Park.
Dublin currently are in 4th place in the division and manager Dessie Farrell will want to get a win here against their old foes. Dublin will be minus Diarmuid Connolly who announced his retirement just under two weeks ago. However, he will still be able to call on the services of Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan and Brian Fenton. Meath are rock bottom of Division 1 having failed to win a game so far. However, they will be able to call on players like Bryan McMahon, Bryan Menton and Donal Keoghan.
Dublin are favourites here at 1/12, Meath are 15/2. I fancy Dublin to win 7 or 8 points.
Galway v Mayo takes place on Sunday in Tuam at 2pm.
The game is live on TG4. Galway top the table having won 4 of their 5 previous games. Galway boss Padraic Joyce has been dealt a massive blow with news of a Covid outbreak which will rule out Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly and Dessie Conneelly. Shane Walsh and Damien Comer will be also missing. However players like Paul Conroy, Rob Finnerty and Liam Silke will all feature. Mayo come into the game with a mixture of results 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses. James Horan will likely look to players like Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Aidan O’Shea once again.
Mayo are 8/11 favoruites obviously owing to the Galway absentees. Galaxy are 11/8. I think Mayo will win this going purely based on the quality of player they are missing. Mayo by 4 points.
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— Galway Bay FM Sport (@gbfmsports) October 15, 2020
Donegal v Tyrone will also be played on Sunday at 4pm in Ballybofey.
Donegal and Tyrone both sit in mid table in the division. Donegal have 2 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. They will look to players like Ryan McHugh and Michael Murphy for leadership once again. Mickey Harte and Tyrone were having a super league campaign before Covid 19 put a halt to it. They have 3 wins from 5 games, one of those coming against All-Ireland Champions Dublin. Tyrone will be without Colm Cavanagh who has since retired, while Cathal McShane will miss the rest of the season. Darren McCurry, Peter Harte and Niall Morgan will be key.
Donegal are odds of 4/5 with Tyrone 5/4. I think a draw could be on the cards here.
Westmeath v Laois takes place on Saturday at 2pm in Mullingar.
Westmeath sit in fourth place in the table at present having won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1. Westmeath will look to John Heslin, Denis Coroon and Sam Duncan. Laois are in joint 4th position with Westmeath in table having also had 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 win. John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis and Mark Timmons will be key.
Westmeath are 8/11, Laois are priced at 6/4. For me it’s a 2 or 3 point win for Westmeath.
Armagh v Roscommon takes place at the Athletic Grounds Saturday at 5.30pm.
It’s a battle between the top two in the division and it’s likely it won’t dissapoint. Armagh have 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Jamie Clarke, Niall Grimley and Stefan Campbell will be key to their chances of winning. Roscommon will look to players like Conor Cox, Enda Smith and Tadgh O’Rourke.
Armagh are 8/11 with Roscommon 11/8. I fancy Armagh to come out on top by 2 points.
Clare v Fermanagh takes place at 1pm on Sunday at Ennis.
However, the game is looking increasingly likely not to go ahead with 10 players from the squad reported to have Covid 19. Fermanagh are bottom of the table in Division 3 with Clare just hovering above them. Clare will look to players like Keelan Sexton, David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary.
Clare for me for the win. Update: The game will go ahead.
Kildare v Cavan also takes place on Sunday in Newbridge at 2pm.
Kildare are second from bottom in the division but Jack O’Connor has some good players at his disposal. Daniel Flynn, Tommy Moolick and Adam Tyrrell will be key. Cavan are third in division 3. Players like Oisin Pierson and Ciaran Brady will be key players for them.
Kildare are 8/13, with Cavan 13/8. Kildare to win this one narrowly by 2 points.