Dublin v Kilkenny, Parnell Park, Sunday 2pm
Kilkenny -7 – Evens
Two teams that couldn’t have had more different league campaigns meet on Sunday as Dublin welcome Kilkenny to Parnell Park.
The Cats, apparently a team in transition, started slowly, but finished up winning it outright, following a colossal performance against Tipperary in the league final. TJ Reid’s return sparked the return to form for Kilkenny and he, along with Walter Walsh, have led the the charge, while the introduction of Richie Leahy and Martin Keoghan have been huge for the Cats.
Dublin, struggled their way through the campaign, and while the return of their Cuala contingent is sure to bolster their chances, Kilkenny should be far too strong for this Dubs side.
Racing Post pick: Kilkenny -7
Mayo v Galway, MacHale Park, Sunday 4pm
Mayo (-1) – Evens
Recency bias seems to have taken over and the beaten National League finalists are all the rage to continue their wonderful recent record against Mayo. Now you can back Mayo at odds-against to beat Galway by two points or more. Who would have thought that 12 months ago?
A last-gasp Kevin McLoughlin point rescued Mayo’s Division 1 campaign and with Conor Loftus catching the eye in various encounters through the spring, Mayo appear to have more options up front.
Home advantage could be key here and the likelihood of a low-scoring, tough and uncompromising encounter should suit Stephen Rochford’s charges who are fancied to get back on track in their pursuit for another Connacht title.
Racing Post pick: Mayo -1
Donegal v Cavan, Ballybofey, Sunday 4pm
Cavan to win – 11/4
The betting suggests that this should be all one-way traffic in Ballybofey as hosts Donegal are 2/5 to win in 70 minutes, while Cavan can be backed at 11/4 and that looks great value.
It is hard to believe that the team who are playing Division 1 football next spring are 11/4 and the team who will be plying their trade in Division 2 are 2/5 – that makes little sense.
Cavan impressed throughout their Division 2 campaign with Niall Kilroy and Dara McVeety in particular catching the eye. They are playing a more attractive style of football and, if this game was in Breffni Park they would surely be no bigger than 2/1 to land the spoils.
This has all the ingredients of an upset in Ulster.
Racing Post pick: Cavan
* All odds correct at time of posting.