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Monday 23 October 2017

Laois can march on with Tipp victory

YOU could argue with much authority that Tipperary's hammering of Longford was the performance of last weekend, as much for the reaction to their Páirc Uí Chaoimh disappointment as the fludity of their football.

Laois, though, are on a winning run and in O'Moore Park, they've learned to squeek tight games such as this.

ODDS: Laois 8/11, Draw 15/2, Tipperary 6/4

VERDICT: Laois

SLIGO v LIMERICK

(Markievicz Park, Today, 4.0)

PAT Flanagan was in "confident" mood this week, although an away win in the qualifiers, such as Sligo's last Sunday in Aughrim, will do that for you.

More importantly, Adrian Marren and David Kelly came through unscathed and they can do the business here again.

ODDS: Sligo 8/13, Draw 15/2, Limerick 7/4

VERDICT: Sligo

ALL-IRELAND SFC RD 2B

TYRONE v ARMAGH

(Omagh, Tomorrow, 4.0)

KYLE Coney, Nial McKenna and Justin McMahon come into the Tyrone team, with Stephen O'Neill and Joe McMahon back among the walking wounded.

Gary McCooey has left the Armagh squad and it's hard to see them getting their heads around the Monaghan loss and a trip to Omagh in the one week.

Expect physical fireworks and a Tyrone win.

ODDS: Tyrone 4/11, Draw 10/1, Armagh 11/4

VERDICT: Tyrone

CARLOW v CLARE

(Dr Cullen Park, Tomorrow, 2.0)

NOTHING like a win for what ails ya', although Clare is a much greater quality of opponent than Carlow's last victim, Waterford.

ODDS: Carlow 10/3, Draw 10/1, Clare 2/7

VERDICT: Clare

CAVAN v ROSCOMMON

(Breffni Park, Today, 6.0)

THESE teams have headed in opposite directions since their Division 3 League final.

Eugene Keating comes back into the Cavan attack but given their Connacht semi-final performance, Roscommon's upward trend should continue here.

ODDS: Cavan 5/4, Draw 15/2, Roscommon 5/6

VERDICT: Roscommon

by conor mcKEON

ALL-IRELAND SFC RD 3A

LAOIS v TIPPERARY

(Portlaoise, Today, 4.45)

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