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Monday 18 December 2017

It's Super Sunday for sports fans

IT'S the weekend that will either unite or divide households across the capital.

A feast of sporting action kicks off with the Spring Series clash between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park tomorrow night and finishes with the hugely anti-cipated rugby match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva on Sunday.

Throw in the Premier League crunch encounter between Chelsea and Manchester United and then the National Senior boxing final between Kenny Egan and Joe Ward, and there should be something for everyone.

One of the highlights of the weekend will take place at Croke Park where the Spring Series with the Evening Herald returns as Dublin take on Kerry in a rerun of their now historic All Ireland final five months ago.

Kerry will be out for revenge, but the Dubs will be hopeful of getting their Allianz National League campaign off to a flyer, and reinforcing their reputation as the best team in Ireland.

Up to 50,000 fans will be at GAA HQ tomorrow night and up to 11 players who played in last year's epic triumph will line out for the Dubs, with a strong Kerry line-up anticipated.

A mouth-watering opener between Kildare and Tyrone will get proceedings off to a flyer, with Kieran McGeeney's Lilywhites fancied by many to enjoy a fruitful year.

For many, the main event of the weekend takes place on Sunday when Ireland hope to put their World Cup quarter-final disappointment behind them with a revenge mission on Wales.

Brian O'Driscoll will be the big noticable absentee for Ireland, as he will be throughout the tournament, but there are high hopes that Declan Kidney's men can take it to the next level.

Victory for Ireland would set us up nicely for next weekend's clash with France in Paris, while defeat will make for a very depressing start to a season that promised so much.

Another revenge mission will take place tonight at the National Stadium when Kenny Egan fights for his very future against teenage sensation Joe Ward.

Ward battered the Dublin fighter on the way to his stunning national senior title last year, and the pair haven't been shy about hinting at the seething resentment they have for each other.

If Egan loses, many believe that this will mark the end to a great career for the Clondalkin star.

And to top off the weekend for the ultimate armchair fan, Manchester United go to Stamford Bridge to keep up the pressure on Manchester City in what has become one of the tightest Premier League shoot-outs for many years.

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