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This is an intriguing clash at Cusack Park in Ennis, and Clare will find themselves in the Division 1 promotion hunt if they win on Sunday – which would be an unusual position to find themselves in. Their manager Colm Collins is one of the longest serving managers currently in intercounty GAA and has done a brilliant job with The Bannermen.
Clare have beaten Kildare and Laois in their first two games in Division 2 South so far, but they still might not make it into the promotion play-off if they lose because three teams could end the League on four points in this group.
Cork have to win this to keep their promotion hops alive, and they will not want to be sucked into a relegation battle to drop into Division 3 as it could cost them Sam Maguire football next year. That would be a disaster for a county the size of Cork, should it come to pass.
I’m expecting a low-scoring game on Sunday and The Rebels are very short odds to win this game. But, I believe the (+3) handicap available on Clare is a cracking bet and I’m backing that come up.
Westmeath welcome Down to their Cusack Park (not to be confused with Clare’s one) on Sunday for a Division 2 North clash. These sides are in the relegations play-offs next weekend, but I watched Down last weekend and I have to say they were dreadful against Meath.
The home side have much more to offer in this one and I believe the Jack Cooney-lead outfit should take the victory in Mullingar.
Dublin are quite clearly still the team to beat in the hunt for the All-Ireland this year, they shoved in even more new players last weekend and they were still able to hold a full strength Kerry to a draw. The funny thing about Division 1 South is that none of Galway, Kerry or Dublin are guaranteed safety from relegation yet. Due to that fact, I reckon we’ll see a very strong Dubs team line out for this match.
Galway recovered from their hammering against Kerry on the opening day very well last weekend, seeing ofd Roscommon handily at home. It was a very good display from Pádraic Joyce’s men, so I fancy them to be more than competitive with Dublin. I reckon Paddy’s traders have the handicap available on Galway a little wrong here, and I believe they have enough in them to bring in the (+5) points they are getting. The Dubs will probably win, but they won’t get it easy in Tuam.
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