Dublin v Mayo, Saturday, 7pm, Croke Park
Dublin and Mayo will meet on Saturday night under the lights in Croke Park. There is sure to be sparks as both sides will want to lay down a marker who knows they may meet in the championship this year.
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Mayo have made a very impressive start in the league with three games played they have won three. They beat Roscommon 1-8 to 1-7, Tyrone 2-13 to 0-10 and two weeks ago came out on top against Cavan 1-13 to 0-11. A massive performance will be needed though if they are to beat Dublin in their own backyard. Dublin have also played three games, however they have only won one of these. They lost out to Monaghan 2-13 to 1-13 in Clones in their first game, before going on to hammer Galway 1-15 to 0-07 at this venue. They then travelled to Kerry here they also lost by 1-18 to 2-14. So the case is here get Dublin out of Croke Park and you have a chance of beating them !!
Dublin still have a wealth of talent. A win here is needed though if they are to have a chance of reaching the league final. The Dublin will once again will probably include players like Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan, Cormac Costello and Niall Scully. Im midfield Brian Fenton will be expected to direct operations for Jim Gavin’s men. In defence, Jack McCaffrey, James McCarthy and Jonny Cooper will all be key if Dublin are to win what is a tricky game for them against an in form Mayo.
James Horan’s Mayo will travel with plenty of confidence. He has already selected his team making six changes from the win over Cavan. In defence Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey and Keith Higgins will be expected to keep in tight, while the wing back line includes Paddy Durcan, Colm Boyle and Lee Keegan, very impressive to say the least. Donie Vaughan is in midfield with Matthew Ruane, while in attack Andy Moran, Aidan O’Shea and Fionn McDonagh will be expected to come up with the scores.
Dublin : TBA
Mayo (FL1 v Dublin): Rob Hennelly; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Paddy Durcan; Matthew Ruane, Donal Vaughan; Fionn McDonagh, Aidan O’Shea, Ciaran Treacy; Andy Moran, Brian Reape, Jason Doherty.
Dublin are 1/3 to win this, Mayo look a good price at 10/3 considering their form. The draw is 8/1. The handicap market is what I like, Mayo +4 at even money.