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Saturday 16 December 2017

McEnaney to save face against Farney

MEATH v MONAGHAN (Navan, Tonight 7.0)

SEAMUS McENANEY says he "never envisaged" this fixture when he became Meath boss, given that his native county was then operating in a higher division and a different province. He should have known better ...

This may be the game from hell for 'Banty' but the only thing worse would be to see his adopted Royals lose to the Farney. It could happen, especially if Meath reproduce their toothless O'Byrne Cup exit to DCU.

ODDS: Meath 8/15, Draw 15/2, Monaghan 15/8

VERDICT: Meath

DERRY v GALWAY

(Celtic Park, Tomorrow, 2.30, Deferred TG4)

YET another new manager in Galway, and Alan Mulholland will be hoping to survive longer than his two immediate predecessors.

You suspect that the local with the underage Midas touch will be given longer than either Joe Kernan and Tomás Ó Flatharta -- partly because it behoves Galway to let their U21 heroes bed down.

Mulholland has picked four debutants while there is no starting place for Joe Bergin or the prodigal Nicky Joyce.

ODDS: Derry 8/13, Draw 15/2, Galway 13/8

VERDICT: Derry

LOUTH v WESTMEATH

(Haggardstown, Tomorrow, 2.30)

FORGIVE us our scepticism but this clash already has the look of a relegation four-pointer. Both teams were promoted last spring and both went on to suffer short and demoralising summers.

Their O'Byrne Cup outings, even with experimental line-ups, did little to lift the pall of trepidation.

Louth were awful against Meath while Westmeath leaked three goals to Offaly. Louth are at home, Westmeath without their Garrycastle crew, including Dessie Dolan.

ODDS: Louth 8/15, Draw 15/2, Westmeath 15/8

VERDICT: Louth

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