Cavan and Monaghan will be an 'horrendous watch' - Sligo boss Niall Carew
After all the teeth-gnashing and lamentation about early summer turkey shoots, the football championship offers a couple of intriguing encounters, one involving two teams who occupied Division 1 in 2016, and another between two teams will occupy the top tier next year.
Galway came from nowhere to stun Mayo in Castlebar last year and have since then forced themselves back into Division 1. And now there is a sense that the traditional rivalry in Connacht is once more vibrant.
Up north, Cavan and Monaghan duel for what seems like the 7,000,000th time in their history. The former were relegated from Division 1 this spring though they managed some spirited and respectable performances. Their experience was soured by losing unexpectedly to erstwhile whipping boys Roscommon in the final game.
Niall Carew, Sligo manager and punter extraordinaire, told Independent.ie's Punter's Platform Podcast that he fancies Mayo to hold off the 'still learning' Galway in Salthill. Mayo, despite their relatively uninspiring display against Sligo, haven't gone away.
As for Monaghan and Cavan, Carew believes the purists will have to avert their gaze from this one.
"I think that's probably the game that will end up in a draw. Monaghan, the way they play, will always give you a chance to stay in the game.
"Cavan were in Division 1, they won't fear Monaghan. I think tactically it will be horrendous to watch. But both managers won't care if they got over the line. Monaghan are on the road a while. I think Cavan might be due a win but it might stick with the draw for the value."
Here's the Punter's Platform bets of the weekend:
- Johnny Ward is going for Wexford to beat Kilkenny, 3-1
- Niall Cronin is going for Ireland to win by one goal and Wexford +4, 11/10
- John Brennan says go for Kilkenny for the All Ireland at 7-2
- Declan Marron is tipping England -1
- While Niall Carew fancies Westmeath in the handicap
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