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Key Games Heading Into Round Four Of The Allianz Football League

The Allianz Football League is back this weekend as the runners and riders return from their mid-league lay off to go hammer and tongs once more for a chance at early-season silverware.

Round Four of the league will give us a clearer picture of each division. As things stand, Division Two and Three are as tight as a Lambeg drum heading into the home stretch.

Division One and Four have a much clearer feel to it at the top, but with it all still to play for things can change.

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Here are our picks for the key games on show across the four divisions this weekend.

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Division One

Tyrone v Monaghan

Whilst the glamour tie in Division One this weekend sees Dublin host Mayo under lights in Croke Park, there are more permutations at the bottom of the division as these Ulster rivals clash for the fourth time in a year.

Tyrone have had a disappointing start to the league falling to both Kerry and Mayo in their opening two games before snatching a late, late draw with Roscommon in a game that they really should have lost.

Monaghan started their league campaign like a house on fire, utilising the experimental offensive mark to sink All-Ireland champions, Dublin, in the opening round up in Clones.

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However, they have since fallen to back to back defeats against Roscommon and Galway, two games that Malachy O’Rourke would have expected them to win.

The Farney County are currently sixth in the table, one point ahead of Tyrone who are languishing in the relegation zone. A Tyrone win can propel them above Monaghan towards safety, whilst defeat for either side leaves them facing an uphill battle. Tyrone still have to visit Dublin, whilst Monaghan have Kerry and Mayo waiting in the wings.

This weekend’s tie is crucial.

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Division Two

Cork v Meath

A vital game for both teams.

Not many would have predicted that Meath would be top of the second tier come to the midway point of the league. Equally, not many would have picked Cork as relegation favourites, but as things stand they are bottom and on the way down.

A win for the Royals this weekend will put them out on their own as second place, Fermanagh, face third place, Donegal, meaning someone is going to drop points.

Cork aren’t relegated yet. Only three points separate the entire division, so a win for the Rebels could lift them as high as fourth in the table. With Tipperary and Donegal in their two following fixtures, Cork need to pick up points fast and what better place to start than the team sitting top of the table.

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Division Three

Longford v Down

The third division is going to go down to the wire, but as things stand Longford sit top of the pile with five points, followed by Laois, Louth and Down respectively who are all on four points.

Down are the visitors to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday and could go top with a win.

Longford may well welcome back some of their Mullinalaghta contingent following their dream run to the All-Ireland club semi-final which is sure to bolster their squad heading into the final few rounds of games.

Paddy Tally’s Down side were many people’s favourites to gain promotion this season and bounced back well from an opening day home defeat to Laois with wins over Sligo and Westmeath.

Longford drew with struggling Offaly but recorded impressive wins over Carlow and Louth.

No matter the result this weekend, both sides will still be in the promotion hunt, but in a group as tight as this, games like these become vital to the overall outlook of the division.

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Division Four

Limerick v Leitrim

The Treaty men welcome top of the table Leitrim to the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening in a clash that could a long way to deciding the outcome of Division Four.

Limerick defeated London and Waterford in their opening two games but fell to defeat against Wicklow the last day out.

Leitrim have caused a storm so far this season going three wins from three in the league. If they can make it four out of four this weekend then it’ll be really difficult to see them not gaining promotion.

A Limerick win, however, will be a turn up for the books and blow Division Four wide open.

 

 

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