The penultimate round of the Allianz Football League talks place throughout today with a bumper 16 game fixture list to sink our teeth into.
So far, the only confirmed league final we have is that between Leitrim and Derry in Division 4 with the two sides coming face-to-face today in Celtic Park, Derry.
Mayo travel to Tralee looking to get their league back on track against a high-flying Kerry side. Fermanagh and Meath face tough away fixtures in order to keep their promotion dreams alive, while Division 3 remains as tight as ever.
Here are our key talking points heading into Round Six of the Allianz Football League.
How Will The Division 4 Final Preview Turn Out?
Leitrim travel to Derry city today to take on the Oak Leaf County in a game that is essentially a warm-up for both sides as they ahead of their league final meeting in Croke Park, two weeks from now.
While neither team is playing for points per se, at this stage, there is no denying that it is Leitrim’s toughest test to date. Terry Hyland’s side has shown great character to come from behind in four of their five victories so far this campaign, but they won’t have faced a side with the quality that Derry possess.
Will both teams show their full cards? It’s hard to know, but either way, it’s a very intriguing match-up this afternoon.
Where Exactly Are Mayo?
James Horan’s side started their campaign like a house on fire going three wins from three. However, they have spiralled in the last two rounds, falling to both Dublin and Galway.
Mayo travel south this evening to take on a Kerry side that are full of confidence having won five games in a row. If Mayo were to lose this one it would leave fans disappointed having lost to all three of their main rivals in the last month which is certainly not a good omen heading into the summer.
If history has taught us one thing about this fixture though, it’s that it is impossible to call and more often than not serves up a classic.
Can Mayo turn it around against the Kingdom?
Armagh And Fermanagh Renew Rivalry
At the beginning of the league campaign, we predicted Armagh as a possible dark horse for promotion out of Division 2. What transpired, however, is that it is Fermanagh who stand on the brink of promotion into Gaelic football’s top-tier.
Rory Gallagher’s side could secure promotion with a win over Armagh this afternoon, while Kieran McGeeney’s side will be desperate for two points to avoid a final day relegation fight. A win for Armagh will give them some breathing room heading into the final round meeting with Cork.
These two sides came up together from Division 3 last year before meeting in the first round of the Ulster Championship. They played each other three teams with both teams winning one game each and drawing the other. In many ways, this game could be the rubber stamp and arguably the most important meeting between the sides over the past year.
Are Cork Going To Go Down?
All is not lost for the Rebel footballers after their win over Tipperary last time out. Cork have been bottom of the pile throughout this campaign but now that have a sliver of hope that they could well survive.
They welcome a Donegal side who got back to winning ways against Armagh two weeks ago in Ballybofey and Cork will have it all to do in order to stop Michael Murphy and co.
If they lose, there might not be a way back.