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FULL HOUSE FOR DUBS SHOWDOWN

IT'S a sell-out. Dublin and Donegal will fill Croke Park to its 82,300 capacity on Sunday in what will be the first full house on Jones's Road since last year's All-Ireland hurling final replay.

A GAA spokesperson has confirmed to the Herald that all primary sources of tickets have now exhausted their allocations and that neither county board has made any returns to Croke Park.

Over 15,000 advance tickets were sold just three days after the meeting of the last two All-Ireland champions was set up, a clear indication that Sunday's clash would go towards sell-out.

Last time the teams met, in the now infamous 2011 All-Ireland semi-final, the official attendance was 81,436, just under Croke Park's capacity.

But as a result of that intriguing clash and the subsequent success of both Dublin and Donegal, interest has been palpably heightened.

Dublin's chosen XV will be announced tonight, although it is unlikely that Jim Gavin will drastically alter such a convincing formula. Both Paddy Andrews and Jack McCaffrey are understood to be pressing hard for inclusion, however.

Jim McGuinness, meanwhile, is expected to start Karl Lacey, with the 2012 Footballer of the Year recovering successfully from the hamstring injury he suffered against Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

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