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Big Preview: Allianz Football League Round 6

The penultimate round of the Allianz Football League, with some cracking fixtures in Division 1 and 2 the highlight of this rainy Saturday.

Saturday 16 March

Allianz FL Division 1

Monaghan v Cavan, Clones, 2pm

A big four-pointer at the foot of Division 1. Monaghan have been utterly disappointing since their opening day scalp of Dublin, while Cavan have been competitive throughout, albeit it one win to their name which came at home to Roscommon. It’s a must-win game for Monaghan and the mud and sludge may suit them.

Verdict: Monaghan

Galway v Roscommon, Pearse Stadium, 3.30pm

Both teams just about knocking on the door of the knockout rounds, Galway are coming off a fine win away to Mayo and should overcome the Rossies in turgid conditions.

Verdict: Galway

Dublin v Tyrone, Croke Park, 7pm – eir sport 1

Tyrone are clawing their way back into contention after a dismal start. It’ll be interesting to see what account of themselves they can give in Croke Park and should adequately lift themselves as a big game team. Dublin, however, are looking imperious as the weeks go on.

Verdict: Dublin

Kerry v Mayo, Austin Stack Park, 7pm – eir sport 2

The game of the weekend on Mayo, however Mayo have started to slip after a start that had them in the All-Ireland contender conversation. The Kingdom should keep their unbeaten league in tact.

Verdict: Kerry

Allianz FL Division 2

Clare v Meath, Cusack Park, 1.30pm

Meath are heading up Division 1 and are looking like a swiftly improving side as the weeks go on, much to the benefit of the Leinster championship. Clare are no pushovers however, despite their mixed results, and should put it up to Meath.

Verdict: Meath

Cork v Donegal, Pairc Ui Rinn, 2pm

The Ulster side have their sights set on promotion and Cork’s form gives nothing to suggest they have the ability to deny Donegal the win.

Verdict: Donegal

Kildare v Tipperary, Newbridge, 2.30pm

A devastating loss to Cork last time out was a killer blow for Tipperary, who are now unlikely to threaten the top four. Kildare’s narrow loss to Meath was nothing to be ashamed about and should have enough to quell the Premier county, in another close tie.

Verdict: Kildare

Armagh v Fermanagh, Crossmaglen, 3pm

Armagh were painfully close to a win over Donegal last time out and welcome a Fermanagh side that are grinding out wins to beat the band. This will be a slog fight and we’re leaning towards Armagh on home turf.

Verdict: Armagh

Allianz FL Division 3

Longford v Sligo, Pearse Park, 2pm

Longford’s results have been mixed, but Sligo are glued to the floor of Division 3 and that’s not going to change this weekend.

Verdict: Longford

Louth v Westmeath, Drogheda, 2pm

Two teams gunning for promotion should make for a decent game in Drogheda. Louth posted one of the more impressive wins of the division when they stuck five goals past Sligo, but then followed that up with a disappointing loss to Carlow. Westmeath are on a serious run of form and we’re backing them to make it four wins from their last four.

Verdict: Westmeath

Offaly v Laois, O’Connor Park, 2pm

The Laois men need a win to stay in contention in the division. It should be a close one on in Tullamore, and despite Offaly’s very mixed results we’re backing the Faithful to get one over their close rivals.

Carlow v Down, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm

Down are looking devastating and a win in Carlow will seal progression to the divisional final.

Verdict: Down

Allianz FL Division 4

London v Waterford, McGovern Park, 12.30pm

Division 4 is over as a contest, but a win for London will take them off the very bottom of the league. Waterford have bettered expectations with two wins and have shown to be the more prolific team thus far.

Verdict: Waterford

Antrim v Wicklow, Corrigan Park, 2pm

Another dead rubber, we’re backing the away side to pick up their third win of the year.

Verdict: Wicklow

Wexford v Limerick, Innovate Wexford Park, 3pm

The Yellowbellies have been a wet paper bag defensively. If you had told Limerick they’d pick up three wins given their tumultuous recent history, they’d likely have taken that.

Verdict: Limerick

Derry v Leitrim, Celtic Park, 4pm

What a league for these two sides. Both have earned promotion, both are unbeaten and this should be a celebration regardless of the result. Derry are the stronger side though, and will be keen to sign off in Celtic Park on a winning note.

Verdict: Derry

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