Rebels and Kingdom in hunt for date with the Dubs
Unlike last year there is much to be played for at both ends of nearly all the Allianz League tables over the next two weekends.
P W D L F A D Pts
Dublin 6 6 0 0 14-73 6-77 20 12
Cork 6 4 0 2 4-95 6-79 10 8
Kerry 6 4 0 2 5-80 4-63 20 8
Down 6 3 1 2 6-74 7-71 0 7
Mayo 6 2 1 3 8-71 10-67 -2 5
Armagh 6 2 0 4 5-70 5-80 -10 4
Monaghan 6 1 0 5 2-75 4-83 -14 2
Galway 6 1 0 5 2-76 4-94 -24 2
Dublin have qualified for the league final. Cork and Kerry are next on eight points. The Rebels will join the Dubs if they beat Armagh at home on Sunday. Kerry need to beat Down and hope that Cork lose to Armagh. Down can still make the final, provided Cork lose to Armagh and they beat Kerry away.
Mayo are secure, while Galway have given themselves a lifeline with their first win. If they beat Dublin at home and Armagh lose to Cork, they will join Armagh on four points and survive on the head-to-head. If Monaghan join them on four points, then it will be down to score difference between the three.
Donegal are close to promotion. But if Laois, Tyrone and Derry win next weekend, that would leave four teams on ten points and in that case, score difference would apply.
Kildare -- on seven points -- have a slim chance, requiring Laois to draw or lose and Derry and Tyrone to lose to Antrim and Meath respectively.
Meath need other results to go their way to survive. They have to beat Tyrone in Navan and hope that Sligo either draw or lose to Kildare and Antrim lose to Derry.
The winners of Offaly and Westmeath next weekend will be promoted. Wexford will join them if they draw with or beat Limerick. Louth have an outside chance. Waterford and Limerick are favourites to go back down.
Roscommon are promoted, Only Longford or Wicklow can follow.
Kilkenny just need to beat Offaly to reach the final. Galway's prospects are still strong as they just need a win over Waterford. Dublin, level with Galway, require other results to go their way, namely Waterford to draw with or beat Galway, in addition to success for them in Cork. Waterford must beat Galway and hope that Cork beat Dublin and Wexford beat or draw with Tipperary. Tipp require a favour from Cork.
To survive, Wexford need to beat Tipperary and require Kilkenny to beat Offaly in Nowlan Park. Offaly just need Wexford to lose to Tipp.
With a 100pc record, Limerick have already booked their place in the final where the winners will be promoted to the top flight.