Limerick +1 – 7/5
As predicted by many, it’s a winner takes all last round meeting of Galway and Limerick on Sunday afternoon at Pearse Stadium live on TG4.
While Galway survived a few scares along the way, the All-Ireland Champions are beginning to find their stride as a number of their marquee players return to the fold in preparation for the knockout stages.
Limerick have been most impressive throughout the National League so far, dismissing teams with ease, even while many of their key young-guns were involved in Fitzgibbon Cup duty and with their Na Piarsaigh contingent unavailable due to the club campaign.
While their Na Piarsaigh players won’t return for today’s outing, Limerick have been travelling well throughout the league and there’s no doubt that promotion to Division 1A will have been on John Kiely’s mind all winter.
Expect this to be top class contest with Limerick edging it in the end.
Racing Post pick: Limerick +1
Monaghan win – 7/4
The two surprise packages in the top tier of the Football League lock horns at Pearse Stadium on Sunday and Monaghan look great value at 7/4 to register their fourth win of the campaign.
The Farney army have done terrifically well to put themselves in with a shout of reaching the Division 1 decider given that ace attacker Conor McManus has been used sparingly to date.
He arrived on the scene as a second-half substitute in their recent win over Tyrone to drag them over the line, but expect him to line out from the outset on this occasion. Conor McCarthy was the star player on show in UCD’s Sigerson Cup final success and, with Fintan Kelly hitting top form with three points in the recent victory over Tyrone, the visitors could have enough ammunition up front to end Galway’s unbeaten run.
Racing Post pick: Monaghan
Kerry over 15.5 points – 4/5
The two superpowers of Gaelic Football clash at Croke Park on Sunday as All-Ireland champions Dublin welcome league champions Kerry.
These two sides have had contrasting campaigns to date with Dublin strolling to four wins on the trot, whereas Kerry arrived on the back of a pair of defeats to Monaghan and Galway.
Despite playing poorly of late, the Kingdom are still averaging 17.5 points per game and that makes the 4/5 Paddy Power is offering about the visitors scoring more than 15.5 points very appealing.
Don’t forget Kildare notched 2-10 at Croke Park in the opening round and Donegal scored 0-15 at headquarters too, so Jim Gavin’s men have been leaking scores, even if their wins have been quite comfortable in the end. Kerry scored 0-20 in last year’s League final to beat Dublin and expect them to reach 16 points this time.
Racing Post pick: Kerry over 15.5 points
* All odds correct at time of posting.