As we reach the end of February, the National Football and Hurling Leagues are really starting to heat up.
For most teams, a win at this stage could propel them towards the top two in the table, whereas a defeat may leave them looking over their shoulder at potential relegation.
This weekend our featured game of Mayo v Kerry brings together teams that had contrasting fortunes last weekend.
Kerry will be hoping they can force their way into the top two with a win in Castlebar, while Mayo, who are now in the relegation zone, will be hoping for a big result against the Kingdom.
This game was to have taken place on Saturday at 7:15pm but, owing to inclement weather conditions, WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY AT 1PM
NFL Division 1 – Mayo v Kerry (Throw-in @ 1pm,on Sunday March 1st):
Mayo come into this game under real pressure after their disappointing defeat to Monaghan last Sunday. They need to win at least one of their three remaining games, and Peter Keane’s Kerry pose a formidable threat on Saturday evening.
Kerry have been tipping along nicely in this year’s league, their only defeat coming in Edendork against Tyrone when David Clifford was controversially sent off.
Young stars Clifford and Seán O’Shea have continued their excellent form from last year and you can expect them to have another fruitful evening against a weakened Mayo defence.
David Clifford's goal was a thing of beauty!
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) January 25, 2020
Lee Keegan lined out at corner back against Monaghan, which is not his natural position. Mayo are missing key players from their back-line in Brendan Harrison and Colm Boyle, which has forced James Horan to take Keegan out of his natural position of number 5.
In fact, the main reason why I can’t see Mayo getting anything out of this game is because they are missing guaranteed starters all over the pitch. Around the middle of the field they are without Donal Vaughan and Matthew Ruane and, in the forward line, the likes of Cillian O’Connor and Fionn McDonagh have not appeared yet in the league.
I think Kerry can go up to Castlebar on Saturday evening and come back with the two points.
Verdict: Kerry @ 4/7
Tyrone v Dublin Verdict: Dublin -2 (Handicap Betting) @ 8/13 (Sat)
Donegal v Monaghan Verdict: Donegal @ 4/6 (Sun)
Meath v Galway Verdict: Galway @ 2/5 (Sun)
Laois v Kildare Verdict: Kildare @ 8/11 (Sat)
Roscommon v Westmeath Verdict: Roscommon @ 1/3 (Sun)
Fermanagh v Armagh Verdict: Armagh @ 4/9(Sun)
Cavan v Clare Verdict: Cavan @ 4/11 (Sun)
Cork v Derry Verdict: Cork @ 1/4 (Sun)
Louth v Leitrim Verdict: Leitrim + 2 (Handicap Betting) @ 11/10 (Sun)
Longford v Tipperary Verdict: Longford @ 5/6(Sun)
Offaly v Down Verdict: Offaly + 1 (Handicap Betting) @ Evens (Sun)
London v Wicklow Verdict: Wicklow @ 2/7 (Sat)
Wexford v Sligo Verdict: Wexford @4/7 (Sat)
Waterford v Carlow Verdict: Carlow @ 8/15 (Sat)
Antrim v Limerick Verdict: Draw @ 7/1 (Sun)
Limerick v Westmeath Verdict: Westmeath +16 (Handicap Betting) @ Evens (Sun)
Galway v Cork Verdict: Cork + 1 (Handicap Betting) @ 4/5 (Sun)
Tipperary v Waterford Verdict: Tipperary @ 2/5 (Sun)
Wexford v Carlow Verdict: Wexford -12 (Handicap Betting) @ 5/6 (Sun)
Clare v Dublin Verdict: Clare @ 2/5 (Sun)
Laois v Kilkenny Verdict: Kilkenny -10 (Handicap Betting) @ 6/5 (Sun)