National League Division 2 Preview

Division 2

Westmeath GAA

Westmeath are the only unbeaten side in Division 2.

Derry v Armagh

Derry and Armagh meet in an all Ulster clash at Celtic Park on Saturday night.  This division is very close with two points between 1st and 7th.  Derry sit on 4 points while their opponents for the weekend have 3.  A tough affair is expected between these two sides.  Derry have started their campaign very well and were impressive in their victory over Wexford last week.  Armagh have been boosted by the return of their Crossmaglen players and will be more competitive for the remainder of the league now that they have a full squad to choose from.  Derry have impressed more out of these two sides and may add to that with a win over their Ulster rivals.

Verdict: Derry

Longford v Galway

Longford may be the only team in the division without a point but they have been competitive in all 3 games, illustrated by their -5 score difference.  Galway started with a win but have only picked up a single point in their two games since.  Galway have shown a lack of bottle in close games and this promises to be a tough battle in Longford.  This may be where Longford pick up their first points as the battle to avoid the drop.

Verdict: Longford

Louth v Wexford

Both sides have a win, a draw and a loss each in their first 3 games.  Wexford were beaten by 9 points at home to Derry in their last game whereas as Louth earned a draw against Laois.  Louth have been impressive in all of their displays to date and should push on in their promotion race with a win in this game.

Verdict: Louth

Westmeath v Laois

Another all Leinster tie in the midlands derby see Laois travel to Mullingar to take on Westmeath.  Westmeath have been impressive in their opening 3 games with 5 points out of a possible 6 and as such are the only unbeaten side in the division.  Laois are one of 5 teams on 3 points illustrating the closeness of the division.  Laois would have been expected to be closer to the top before the league started.  A win here for Westmeath will see them take a big step towards promotion.  A loss for Laois would see them aiming for second place as Westmeath would be too far ahead.  This should be a tense tussle in Mullinagar with not much between the sides.

Verdict: Laois

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