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Orchard men have enough to pip Donegal

DONEGAL'S formlines are generally untraceable but they've been quite gritty this year and have, at least, strung successive performances together on occasion.

How deep the Armagh autopsy into their inglorious Ulster exit went, we should find out today, but without Ronan Clarke, again, their attack still looks a one-man show. Armagh -- just.

ODDS: Armagh 4/6, Draw 15/2, Donegal 8/5

VERDICT: Armagh



Faithful to have too much fire up front



OFFALY v CLARE

(Tullamore, Today, 2.0)

ALL change for Offaly with young Anton Sullivan coming into a rejigged attack and a championship debutant, Brian Geraghty, starting in midfield.

With Sullivan, Ken Casey and a fitter Niall McNamee in tandem inside, they should have enough firepower to scorch Clare.

The inclusion of Ross Brady, Brian Darby and Sullivan means there are three sets of brothers in the starting line-up -- the Bradys from Clara and the Sullivans and Darbys from Rhode. It's like old times, with one difference -- the current crew aren't set for All-Ireland glory.

ODDS: Offaly 2/5, Draw 15/2, Clare 13/5

VERDICT: Offaly

Little home comfort is likely for Carlow

CARLOW v DERRY

(Dr Cullen Park, Today, 5.0)

HOME advantage is about the warmest comfort Luke Dempsey can take from this draw as Carlow prepare to exit the championship this afternoon.

The Barrowsiders' disciplinary record has been appalling this year and budding midfielder Brendan Murphy sits this one out as a result of his red card against Wicklow.

ODDS: Carlow 15/2, Draw 14/1, Derry 1/12

VERDICT: Derry

Model County look good to progress

LONDON v WEXFORD

(Ruislip, Tomorrow, 2.30)

ON the face of it, Wexford's ability to match, and indeed better, Dublin for most of their Leinster SFC clash should give them hope, but the fact that they were destroyed over the final gallop will prompt some despair. The London 'recession boom' hasn't kicked in yet and they'll be free for the rest of the summer by 4.0 tomorrow.

ODDS: London 15/2, Draw 14/1, Wexford 1/12 VERDICT: Wexford


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