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Tyrone vs. Mayo
RTE2, 5:45 p.m. Saturday
Mayo have probably been the most consistent side in Division 1 and didn’t have the chance to give up their unbeaten record to Kerry last Saturday night.
They were the top team for long periods there and James Horan seems to have breathed new life into his troops this season.
Getting possession of their inside strikers has never been a problem given the caliber of players Mayo have around the middle third, so it was heartening to see Fergal Boland, Aidan Orme and Ryan O’Donoghue playing so well past Kerry.
Tyrone has been pretty poor throughout the campaign and doesn’t deserve to be a favourite. Visitors look much better value.
Clare vs. Meath
2 p.m. Sunday
After some dismal displays at the start of the campaign, Meath may have just turned a corner and they look way too expensive to take maximum points from their trip to Clare.
It’s been quite a while since Meath went 1-18 in any game and, while goalkeeper Harry Hogan was responsible for five of those points via frees against Cork, there was a lot to like in the way the Royals moved the ball. and ran over their opponents.
The return of Bryan Menton to the side, forming a powerful midfield partnership with Ronan Jones, means Meath now has a platform for his attacks and the Royals can dominate the midfield.
James McEntee, Eamon Wallace and Bryan McMahon were all introduced as substitutes in the win over Cork and Meath now have some strength deep in their panel.
Manager Andy McEntee has had to survive a few tough times this year but everything is starting to fall into place and a win at Clare is a must given relegation is still very much a possibility.
There are those who will say it is foolish to read too much into that Meath win over Cork, given how poor the Rebels were, but they had ten different goalscorers and there was ultimately a pattern to their game. It was sometimes very easy to watch.
Clare comes into the game having scored a meager 1-5 in their loss to Galway and they were just 0-10 in their nine-point loss to Derry in their last home meeting.
It should be a relatively straightforward mission for Meath, so drop them straight back to 5-6 and it might be worth taking 9-4 on them winning by four points or more as well.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 6:10 PM, MARCH 18, 2022