Cork v Kildare
Both played in the double header at Croke Park last week with Kildare beating Donegal and Cork losing to Dublin. Cork will be looking to bounce back from that defeat and should do some at home on Saturday night.
Verdict – Cork
Donegal v Down
Both teams lost their opening games and the loser of this will be looking at a league long relegation fight. This is a repeat of last year’s Ulster final which should be a repeat of that result.
Verdict – Donegal
Mayo v Tyrone
Mayo showed just how mean they can be at the back when holding Kerry scoreless for 42 minutes in their opening day win. Tyrone started off their campaign with a win over Down. This is a much tougher test for the northern team and they may find they come up short against last year’s All Ireland finalists.
Verdict – Mayo
Kerry v Dublin
Kerry were very poor in Castlebar, being held scoreless for 42 minutes, and need to get more from their new players. Dublin were very impressive in dismantling Cork. Kerry will hope that the sight of the Dubs will spark their players into life but this is a Dublin team with a lot of depth and players with lots to prove to a new manager.
Verdict – Dublin
Longford v Westmeath
Longford head into this game on a loss to Wexford, Westmeath fought back to beat Louth. This midland derby could have survival ramifications. If Westmeath win they leave the relegation fight behind, if Longford win it tightens the division up.
Verdict – Longford
Armagh v Wexford
Wexford travel north on the back of a win over Longford, Armagh were comprehensively beaten by Laois in Week 1. Armagh are weakened by not having their Crossmaglen contingent but should battle through this test to get their first win.
Verdict – Armagh
Derry v Laois
Laois were convincing winners over Armagh last week and will be looking for the Ulster double. Derry had a good battle in Galway but came up just short. Laois will be too strong for most teams in this league and that list should include Derry.
Verdict – Laois
Louth v Galway
Louth threw away 2 points when losing a big lead to Westmeath. Galway have Michael Meehan fit this season and should reap the benefits from his return.
Verdict – Galway
Cavan v Monaghan
Monaghan dismantled Meath in the opening round while Cavan lost narrowly to Antrim. This should be a keenly contested local derby which Monaghan should come through successfully in the end.
Verdict – Monaghan
Fermanagh v Roscommon
Both sides started their league campaigns with a win and they both will be hoping for promotion. Roscommon have good underage talent coming through and should be able to give new players a chance while maintaining performance in this division.
Verdict – Roscommon
Sligo v Antrim
Sligo lost to neighbours Roscommon in Week 1 while Antrim beat Cavan. Sligo need to get a win to get their league campaign kick started and ensure a gap does not grow to the teams above them.
Verdict – Sligo
Wicklow v Meath
Both teams lost heavily in Week 1 to Fermanagh and Monaghan respectively. It was thought that relegation was as low as Meath football could go but a 12 point defeat on opening day in Division 3 meant the lowest was yet to come. They are the team that need a win more than any other this weekend.
Verdict – Meath
Waterford v Tipperary
Tipperary surprisingly lost to Carlow on Week 1, Waterford beat Clare, both games were decided by a point. Tipperary will be looking to get their promotion bid on track against their Munster neighbours.
Verdict – Tipperary
Offaly v Limerick
Both teams started their league campaign’s with wins over London and Leitrim respectively. Offaly will have to do without Niall Mc Namee who is out with a quad injury. This should be a close game in Tullamore.
Verdict – Limerick
Leitrim v Clare
Both sides started with a loss, to Limerick and Waterford respectively, putting a dent in their promotion hopes. Both sides are targeting promotion this year and the loser of this will find it very difficult to achieve their goal.
Verdict – Draw
Carlow v London
This game takes place next weekend. Carlow had a good start to their campaign when beating Tipperary, London lost at home to Offaly.
Verdict – Carlow