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Saturday 18 August 2018

Longford to come out on the summit smelling of Rossies

ANTRIM v OFFALY

(Casement Park, Tonight 7.0)

The Saffrons have already dug out narrow wins over Sligo and Tipp, whereas a pointless Offaly are still experiencing early teething problems under new boss Gerry Cooney.

ODDS: Antrim 1/2, Draw 15/2, Offaly 21/10

VERDICT: Antrim

CAVAN v SLIGO

(Kingspan Breffni Park, Tonight 7.0)

You get the impression this could be a long and difficult spring for Val Andrews, even more so if Cavan succumb to a Sligo outfit that bounced back to goalscoring form against Wexford.

ODDS: Cavan 13/8, Draw 15/2, Sligo 8/13

VERDICT: Sligo

LONGFORD v ROSCOMMON

(Glennon Bros Pearse Park, Tomorrow 2.30)

These neighbouring and newly-promoted rivals are currently squabbling for top spot with a maximum four points apiece, so something will have to give here. We're very tempted to sit on the 'stalemate' fence but, if there is to be a winner ...

ODDS: Longford 10/11, Draw 13/2, Roscommon 6/5

VERDICT: Longford

WEXFORD v TIPPERARY

(Wexford Park, Tomorrow 2.30)

A funny-peculiar February for Wexford, who scored four goals against Cavan on day one and then leaked the same number to Sligo on day two. You would still expect Jason Ryan's men to capitalise on home advantage against a relegation-threatened Tipp.

ODDS: Wexford 8/15, Draw 15/2, Tipperary 15/8

VERDICT: Wexford

CLARE v LIMERICK

(Ennis, Tomorrow 2.30)

Limerick are joint-top but the victory margins suggest they aren't exactly flying either. Clare blitzed Waterford and ran Fermanagh close ... this one could be close too.

ODDS: Clare 11/8, Draw 15/2, Limerick 8/11

VERDICT: Limerick

WICKLOW v WATERFORD

(Aughrim, Tomorrow 2.30)

Micko's successor, Harry Murphy, has only faced one league game thus far -- we use the term loosely -- it was a 3-25 to 1-1 stroll against Kilkenny. The same whipping boys were similarly lashed by Waterford, but this looks a likely home win.

ODDS: Wicklow 2/5, Draw 15/2, Waterford 5/2

VERDICT: Wicklow

KILKENNY v FERMANAGH

(Freshford, Tomorrow 2.30)

We wager €1,000 that never has an away team been priced at 1/1,000 to win a two-horse NFL race. Then again, Kilkenny football arguably hit a new nadir this week when only 15 players turned up for their 50-point U21 massacre to Louth.

ODDS: Kilkenny 40/1, Draw 50/1, Fermanagh 1/1000

VERDICT: Fermanagh

LONDON v CARLOW

(Ruislip, Tomorrow 1.0)

Carlow's last trek to the English capital, two years ago, proved a nightmare after one player reportedly had his arm broken by a nightclub bouncer. Expect a better outcome here.

ODDS: London 11/4, Draw 15/2, Carlow 4/11

VERDICT: Carlow

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