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TODAY'S FOOTBALL AND HURLING PREVIEWS (Games 2.0 unless stated) Damian Lawlor

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Cork v Kildare

Páirc Uí Rinn

Cork could be vulnerable. Their second quarter against Westmeath was poor and although they kicked on in the second half, they cannot afford a similar lapse today. Kildare are high-octane at the moment and have made a good start to the season. Cork are without Michael Shields, Aidan Walsh and Eoin Cadogan so that doesn't help their chances of making it back-to-back wins for Brian Cuthbert. Kildare's tails are up and they have shown already that they have the firepower and energy.

Verdict: Kildare

Kerry v Derry

Killarney, 1.30

Derry should have beaten Tyrone in their league opener and while they maintained their awesome home record against the near-neighbours (Tyrone haven't beaten them in the league since 1981), they were disappointed at the final whistle not to have won and to have only gained one point.

Worryingly for them, they were carved wide open at the back on a number of occasions but showed enough composure to claw their way back. They might rue that lost point at the end of the season, however, because Kerry, with James O'Donoghue (below) showing All Star form of late, will be hard to beat here and from there the league doesn't get much easier.

Verdict: Kerry

Tyrone v Mayo

Healy Park

How will Mayo respond after that gut-wrenching defeat to Kildare? It's a lot to ask – two tough games away from home on the trot with nowhere near a full side available.

Mayo were without David Clarke, Kenneth O'Malley, Chris Barrett, Donie Vaughan, Seamus O'Shea, Alan Dillon and Cillian O'Connor at Newbridge and Tom Parsons will also miss out today.

Tyrone need Peter Harte to push on more this afternoon and while they are starting to get their big players back, they had no-one over 30 included in last weekend's line-up, so they don't have bundles of experience right now either.

Verdict: Tyrone

Westmeath v Dublin

Cusack Park

Dublin away from home are never the same proposition as they are in HQ but they should have no problem in accounting for Westmeath. It's a big day for Paul Bealin who faces his native county but he knows they will be doing well to get anything from the fixture. They lost by eight to Cork; Dublin will be another step up.

Verdict: Dublin

Division 2

Galway v Donegal

Pearse Stadium

Galway scored 4-11 and still lost in a thriller against Meath but they won't get to score anything like that today. Donegal are unchanged from their fine win over Laois and will want another two points in their bid for promotion. If Gary Sice and Seán Armstrong are watched closely the visitors, with Karl Lacey (pictured) on board, will have a great chance of wrapping up this win.

Verdict: Donegal

Louth v Laois

Gaelic Grounds

Laois were really disappointing last weekend and they'll have a tough job to lift morale away from home. Tomás ó Flatharta is without a number of key players which doesn't help the cause.

Louth, too, will be looking to make amends after they threw away an eight-point lead against Armagh. They couldn't disguise their disappointment after that game and should be gunning to get two points today.

Verdict: Louth

Monaghan v Meath

Clones

The home side beat Meath in the Division 3 decider last year and, after winning the 2013 Ulster title, they really should drive on this afternoon.

Meath look to be on fire right now and they have serious speedsters in Eamonn Wallace and Cillian O'Sullivan, but they won't get the space in attack that they got against Galway.

Verdict: Monaghan

Division 3

Limerick v Longford

Gaelic Grounds

There isn't much to separate these two, but at home we give Limerick the edge – although they sometimes play just as well on their travels. Both teams need the points but maybe Limerick have more tenacity and might be more dogged about getting the win.

Verdict: Limerick

Offaly v Cavan

O'Connor Park

Offaly were disappointing last weekend and they won't get much relief from this clash against the fastest-developing football county in the GAA. If Cavan play to their strengths, they will make it two wins on the trot.

Verdict: Cavan

Roscommon v Wexford

Kiltoom

Already a top-of-the-table clash, both managers deserve credit for the work they are doing. Aidan O'Brien took over an ageing Wexford side while John Evans looks to be making steady improvements.

Verdict: Roscommon

Division 4

Antrim v Wicklow

Creggan

This will be a close game, but if Antrim have any hopes of making Division 3 they need two points here. If they manage to restrict the influence of Leighton Glynn, the home side will prevail.

Verdict: Antrim

Clare v Leitrim

Cusack Park

Leitrim posted a great win over Antrim and if they can win here promotion is a real possibility. They have lacked consistency over the years, though, and Clare are hard to beat at home.

Verdict: Clare

London v Carlow

Ruislip, 1.0

Carlow were terrible against Tipperary and today will be another tough test.

Verdict: London

Tipperary v Waterford

Clonmel

Tipperary were in excellent form last weekend while Waterford were dismal. There is never much between them but we can't see drastic changes in a week.

Verdict: Tipperary

All-Ireland club JFC final

Fuerty v Two Mile House

Croke Park

As evidenced in Croke Park last night, the junior and intermediate club championships have become so much bigger than anyone could have imagined. To get to this finals weekend for a small club is something that will be storied for many years in their home parishes. To win, well that's another level up again. The Kildare side Two Mile House are missing their star man, former All-Star Peter Kelly, through injury but should still have enough firepower.

Verdict: Two Mile House

All-Ireland club IFC final

Kiltane v Truagh

Croke Park, 4.0

Things can turn so quickly in sport. When Kiltane's long unbroken run as a senior club in Mayo ended with relegation in 2012, you wonder how many thought that a day like this was just around the corner? A swift return to senior ranks last year, and now an All-Ireland final. Monaghan champions Truagh, however, are a major obstacle. They have been impressive all through, culminating in a fine display in the semi-final win over Geraldines.

Verdict: Truagh

Interprovincial SH

semi-finals

Connacht v Munster

Ballinasloe

Munster look to have the greater balance in their squad.

Verdict: Munster

Leinster v Ulster

Trim

Leinster should win at their ease.

Verdict: Leinster

Kehoe Cup SH final

Kildare v Meath

Newbridge

Brian Lawlor's side to earn silverware. Verdict: Kildare

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