The Allianz Hurling League may be taking a break for a week but it is full steam ahead in the football with a number of tasty encounters in store.
The stand-out fixture of the weekend sees old rivals, Dublin and Kerry, face off once again in Tralee on Saturday evening. Kerry lie second in the Allianz League table following two wins over Tyrone and Cavan while Dublin are hot on their heels, having recovered from their first-round defeat to Monaghan in great style against Galway last weekend.
Also on Saturday evening, Mayo will fancy their chances of making it three wins from three when they welcome Cavan to Castlebar. However, Michael Graham’s side came very close to a victory over the Kingdom last weekend and will have no fear of the Allianz League leaders.
In the other Division 1 games, Tyrone lie in desperate need of a win to avoid the threat of elimination when they travel to Dr Hyde Park on Sunday. Two disappointing losses against Kerry and Mayo have set off alarm bells inside the county with former star, Owen Mulligan, saying he “felt sick” watching them.
Monaghan and Galway will both be looking to bounce back from second-round defeats to Roscommon and Dublin respectively when they clash in Inniskeen. Galway remain without their Corofin contingent who are continuing preparations for their All Ireland semi-final clash with Gweedore next weekend.
It’s an all-Munster task in Division 2 of the Allianz League when Clare and Cork face off in Cusack Park on Sunday. Following their last-gasp draw with Armagh last weekend, Clare will fancy their chances against the Rebels who lost out by a goal to Kildare in Round 2.
Meanwhile, Tipperary face the toughest challenge of their campaign as Donegal travel to Semple Stadium.
The Saturday Game Live will have live coverage of Kerry v Dublin on RTE 2 on Saturday evening. Eir Sports will also be showing the game live as well as the meeting of Mayo and Cavan.
Meanwhile, on Sunday TG4 will provide live coverage of Monaghan v Galway and will also have deferred coverage of Clare v Cork and Roscommon v Tyrone.
Saturday, February 9
Football League Division 1: Kerry v Dublin, Austin Stack Park, 7pm
Football League Division 1: Mayo v Cavan, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, 7pm
Football League Division 2: Fermanagh v Kildare, Brewster Park, 7pm
Football League Division 3: Down v Westmeath, Páirc Esler, 7pm
Sunday, February 10
Football League Division 1: Roscommon v Tyrone, Dr Hyde Park, 2pm
Football League Division 1: Monaghan v Galway, Inniskeen, 2pm
Football League Division 2: Clare v Cork, Cusack Park, 2pm
Football League Division 2: Tipperary v Donegal, Semple Stadium, 2pm
Football League Division 2: Meath v Armagh, Páirc Tailteann, 2pm
Football League Division 3: Offaly v Louth, Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park, 2pm
Football League Division 3: Laois v Sligo, Portlaoise, 2pm
Football League Division 3: Carlow v Longford, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm
Football League Division 4: Waterford v Derry, Fraher Field, 12.30pm
Football League Division 4: Wicklow v Limerick, Aughrim, 2pm
Football League Division 4: London v Wexford, McGovern Park, Ruislip, 2pm
Football League Division 4: Leitrim v Antrim, Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 2pm