What qualifiers hold in store
Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00
They are all coming in through the 'back door' off defeats to face teams who won first-round qualifier ties, so how do the eight losing provincial semi-finalists shape up for Saturday's Round 2 games?
Opponents: Laois (Portlaoise).
2011 C'ship: Kildare 0-12 Wicklow 0-5; Kildare 0-16 Meath 0-10; Dublin 1-12 Kildare 1-11.
Talking point: They've reached one All-Ireland semi-final and two quarter-finals via the qualifiers in the last three seasons so they're suited to long-haul travelling.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 14/1; Now 16/1.
The Big Question: How lasting is the headache after the Dublin disappointment?
Opponents: Antrim (Casement Park)
2011 C'ship: Carlow 0-14 Louth 0-13; Wexford 4-12 Carlow 0-10.
Talking point: They needed a home tie to maximise their chances but the draw went against them. However, if they re-capture the form which beat Louth, they have a chance.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 1,000/1; Now 750/1.
The Big Question: Can they upset the odds and win a first qualifier tie for six years?
Opponents: Meath (Navan).
2011 C'ship: Mayo 1-12 Galway 1-6.
Talking point: A dismal loss to Mayo, where they scored just 1-6, leaves them seeking their first qualifier win since beating Louth in 2004.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 33/1; Now 80/1.
The Big Question: After only one win from their last 11 championship and league games, can they lift themselves?
Opponents: Down (Newry).
2011 C'ship: Leitrim 1-10 Sligo 0-10; Roscommon 2-12 Leitrim 0-6.
Talking point: Still seeking their first win in the qualifiers, they badly needed a home draw instead of a visit to the home base of last year's All-Ireland runners-up.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 1,000/1; Now 2,000/1.
The Big Question: How long more will they go without winning a qualifier game?
Opponents: Wicklow (Morgan Athletic Grounds).
2011 C'ship: Armagh 1-15 Down 1-10; Derry 3-14 Armagh 1-11.
Talking point: They conceded 3-14 against Derry, the highest by any Division 1 or 2 side in the championship so far. That's a worry for them but it may be later in the campaign before that form resurfaces.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 40/1; Now 50/1.
The Big Question: Flattered against Down, flopped against Derry, so which is the real Armagh?
Opponents: Longford (Pearse Park).
2011 C'ship: Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 1-11; Donegal 2-6 Tyrone 0-9.
Talking point: Five wins from their last 10 championship and league games is a long way from the form Tyrone used to enjoy.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 13/2; Now 16/1.
The Big Question: Are Tyrone in decline and in need of a radical overhaul or can they re-launch their summer spectacularly as they did in 2008?
Opponents: Offaly (Gaelic Grounds).
2011 C'ship: Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9.
Talking point: John Galvin's absence through injury eroded confidence levels, which were never going to be helped by facing Kerry first time out.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 66/1; Now 250/1.
The Big Question: Can they even come close to the heights attained against Kerry and Cork last year?
Opponents: London (Ruislip).
2011 C'ship: Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8.
Talking point: Times have changed as they find themselves going in as outsiders against London, although it's not necessarily an accurate reflection of the teams' respective merits.
All-Ireland odds: Early May 500/1; Now: 750/1.
The Big Question: Can they win a qualifier tie for the first time?