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Laois to ease pressure by taming Tribes

LAOIS v GALWAY (Portlaoise, Tonight, 7.0)

JUST one Laois forward scored from play in their loss in Westmeath last weekend so it's slightly surprising that the changes made by Justin McNulty for the visit of Galway are all in defence.

Kieran Lillis, Pádraig McMahon and Darren Strong have all been brought in to shore up the back line but the same six who began up front in Mullingar have been retained.

Galway have designs on promotion but Laois, at the current stage, are more troubled by relegation. Their worries should be eased somewhat here.

ODDS: Laois 4/5, Draw 15/2, Galway 11/8

VERDICT: Laois

 

Dumping Derry looks Long' shot

DERRY v LONGFORD

(Celtic Park, Tonight, 7.0)

LONGFORD have, unfortunately, perfected the art of losing tight-ish games this year and barring a back-end league miracle, are going to pay the price with their Division 2 status.

They have lost four matches from four so far but have a points differential of just minus nine, meaning they're not being well-beaten, but beaten nonetheless, a cycle perilously difficult to emerge successfully from.

By comparison, Derry are chugging along very nicely at the moment and Brian McIver makes two changes to the side that drew with Armagh last week.

Eoin McNicholl replaces Thomas Mallon in goals while Aidan McAlynn starts at wing-forward in place of Benny Heron.

ODDS: Derry 4/11, Draw 15/2, Longford 3/1

VERDICT: Derry

 

Orchard men can clear Wee hurdle

ARMAGH v LOUTH

(Portlaoise, Tonight, 7.0)

JUST two points separate Louth in seventh position and Derry in second so there's a premium on wins in this division and with three rounds left, they could just as easily end up in Division 1, 2 or 3 next year.

Darren Clarke comes into the Wee County attack for the first time this year while Mark Brennan has been named to start at centre-forward. Jamie Clarke has jetted off on a month's break and Paul Grimley is also without Ciarán McKeever, Aaron Kernan and Kevin Dyas through injury.

ODDS: Armagh 4/6, Draw 15/2, Louth 13/8

VERDICT: Armagh

– Conor McKeon


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