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It’s great to be back with good weather and pitches in great condition! This game is a humdinger to kick off the Gaelic Football season. Kerry will be looking to put that sickening defeat to Cork last year behind them, and they’ll be out to do business this term.
It’s a bit of the same story for Galway after they took a bad beating from Mayo in the National League when games returned last season and they weren’t able to recover from that a few weeks later when they met their great rivals again in the Connacht final.
Kerry are the team with most to prove in the sport for me this year, and Peter Keane’s side remain the most realistic challengers to Dublin when it comes to the All-Ireland stakes. I fancy them, particularly being at home, to beat Galway here. Keane and his Kingdom players have got a lot of stick over the last six months or so, and I reckon they’ll use that as fuel on Saturday.
This is a case of life after Mickey Harte for Tyrone. I’m certainly interested in seeing what The Red Hands look like now that their great manager has moved on. Most pundits consider Harte to be a very conservative coach, with a defensive, dour style of play. But, Tyrone have some very good forwards and if they are let off the leash now, they could be capable of running up big scores.
Donegal overturned Tyrone in the Ulster Championship last year, in a really tough, grind of a game. But, now that Tyrone are starting the year under new management, they’ll be looking for a big win right off the bat.
Donegal’s focus heading into this contest may be further down the road to the Championship. They have been very disappointing over the last couple of seasons. I had thought that they could be a team to challenge Dublin, but maybe I overestimated them. When it came to the crunch against Cavan in the 2020 Ulster final they flopped again, as they had in the year previous against Mayo in the Super 8s. All that has me taking Tyrone to win this one at Heally Park.
Dublin have had a few well publicised problems in recent weeks after being caught training in breach of the country’s Covid-19 guidelines, but the reigning All-Ireland champions certainly don’t appear to have lost their hunger. They will be minus the services of their manager Dessie Farrell for this game though, as he is serving a ban over that training debacle.
I believe they will get off to a flyer away to Roscommon here, and their price in the straight win market certainly reflects that. I’ve been reluctant in the past to tip the handicap market when it comes to Dublin as they are usually very high, and you’d think they could never cover it. But, they just keep proving me wrong! I’ve changed my ways, the form suggests that The Dubs are just going to keep beating handicaps and I’m backing them to do it again on Sunday.
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