Who would have thought that after the first round of the Allianz Football League action, Dublin and Tyrone would be sitting at the bottom of the Division 1 table?
Well after respective losses to Monaghan and Kerry, the two All Ireland finalists have battles on their hands’ to return to winning ways during this weekend’s encounters with both involved in eye-catching fixtures.
Dublin are in action against Galway in Croke Park in a repeat of last year’s Allianz Division 1 final. The Tribesmen endured a tough encounter with Cavan in Pearse Stadium last weekend, relying heavily on the boot of Shane Walsh to see them to a two-point victory. They will be itching to take another crack at Dublin after witnessing how Monaghan put them to the sword after a slow start last weekend.
Buoyed by that win, Monaghan will be confident heading into their clash with Roscommon on Sunday, though Dr Hyde Park is far from an easy place to go. The Connacht side will be reeling following their one-point loss to Mayo last weekend, thanks to a late goal from Brian Reape, and will be hoping to make amends, though they must do so without the services of Donie Shine who is serving a one-match ban for an alleged eye-gouge on Mayo defender, Keith Higgins.
There are a number of high-profile fixtures in Division 2 with Clare hoping to bounce back from defeat to Donegal, when they travel to face Armagh. Currently, Donegal sit second in the table, just behind Meath and the two sides face off against each other in Ballybofey on Saturday evening.
Cork will be hoping to bounce back from their stalemate against Fermanagh last weekend when they take on Kildare at home on Sunday. Both teams are on the hunt for their first win of the campaign, as Kildare also played out a draw against Armagh last weekend, thanks to a late Jimmy Hyland point.
There will be plenty of television coverage of the Allianz Leagues this weekend. The showpiece game on Saturday evening, Dublin v Galway, will be shown live on eir Sport 1 from 6.30pm. Meanwhile, on Sunday TG4 will have deferred coverage of Tyrone v Mayo from 3.45pm.
Highlights of all the action will be shown on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player on Sunday at 9.30pm.
Saturday February 2
Football League Division 1: Dublin v Galway, Croke Park, 7pm
Football League Division 2: Donegal v Meath, Ballybofey, 7pm
Football League Division 3: Westmeath v Carlow, TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, 3pm
Football League Division 3: Laois v Louth, Croke Park, 3pm
Sunday February 3
Football League Division 1: Cavan v Kerry, Kingspan, Breffni, 2pm
Football League Division 1: Roscommon v Monaghan, Dr Hyde Park, 2.30pm
Football League Division 1: Tyrone v Mayo, Healy Park, 2.30pm
Football League Division 2: Cork v Kildare, Páirc Ui Chaoimh, 1pm
Football League Division 2: Armagh v Clare, Pairc Esler, 2pm
Football League Division 2: Tipperary v Fermanagh, Semple Stadium, 2pm
Football League Division 3: Longford v Offaly, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 2pm
Football League Division 3: Sligo v Down, Collooney, 2pm
Football League Division 4: Derry v London, Owenbeg, 12.30pm
Football League Division 4: Limerick v Waterford, Newcastlewest, 2pm
Football League Division 4: Wexford v Antrim, Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm
Football League Division 4: Wicklow v Leitrim, Aughrim, 2.30pm