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Aidan O'Shea

Aidan O'Shea

Ryan O'Rourke

Ryan O'Rourke

Aidan O'Shea

Aidan O'Shea

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Aidan O'Shea

Galway

All-Ireland titles: 13 (2001).

Connacht titles: 46 (2018).

Manager: Pádraic Joyce (first season).

Captain: Shane Walsh.

Last Year: Lost to Roscommon, 1-13 to 0-12, Connacht final; lost to Mayo, 2-13 to 1-13, Round 4 qualifier.

Last big Championship achievement: Beating Kerry in the 2018 Super 8s.

Key man: Shane Walsh, in the form of his life when sport shut down in March.

Who could make a name for himself: Dessie Conneely scored 1-9 for Moycullen in the county final, and will add something to an already impressive range of attacking options.

Prospects: Justified favourites for Connacht. Beyond that, they look as formidable as any of Dublin's challengers.

Odds: Connacht 4/6f; All-Ireland 10/1.

First game: v Sligo, November 11, Pearse Stadium.

Leitrim

All-Ireland titles: 0.

Connacht titles: 2 (1994).

Manager: Terry Hyland (second season).

Captain: TBC.

Last year: Lost to Roscommon, 3-17 to 0-12, Connacht quarter-final; lost to Clare, 3-17 to 0-17, Round 2 qualifier.

Last big Championship achievement: Provincial finalists in 2000.

Key man: Ryan O'Rourke (inset, right), the focal point of Leitrim's attack.

Who could make a name for himself: Tom Prior of Ballinamore, who enjoyed a fine club campaign.

Prospects: Even in Carrick-on-Shannon, their hopes of beating Mayo are narrower than slim.

Odds: Connacht 150/1; All-Ireland 2,000/1.

First game: v Mayo, November 1, Carrick-On-Shannon.


Mayo

All-Ireland titles: 3 (1951).

Connacht titles: 46 (2015).

Manager: James Horan (second season, second stint).

Captain: Aidan O'Shea.

Last year: Lost to Roscommon, 2-12 to 0-17, Connacht semi-final; lost to Dublin, 3-14 to 1-10, All-Ireland semi-final.

Last big Championship achievement: Humbling Kerry in the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final replay.

Key man: Aidan O'Shea, still the most dynamic element of Mayo's attacking game.

Who could make a name for himself: Oisín Mullin is just 20 - but, already, has done enough to be trusted with marking the likes of David Clifford and Conor McManus in the league.

Prospects: Must first win two away games and, then, most likely, end a short but significant run of defeats to Galway. If they win it, they'll have earned it.

Odds: Connacht 7/4; All-Ireland 16/1.

First game: v Leitrim, November 1, Carrick-On-Shannon.


Roscommon

All-Ireland titles: 2 (1944).

Connacht titles: 24 (2019).

Manager: Anthony Cunningham (second season).

Captain: Enda Smith.

Last year: Connacht champions, beat Galway 1-13 to 0-12 in final; third in Super 8s Group 2 (losing to Tyrone and Dublin, beating Cork).

Last big Championship achievement: Beating Galway in Salthill last June.

Key man: Conor Cox, a huge addition and an All-Star nominee last year.

Who could make a name for himself: Ciarán Lennon, his club form suggests he could be a factor in attack.

Prospects: They'll have to do it the hard way but have a richer squad than last year, when they humbled all before them in Connacht.

Odds: Connacht 7/1; All-Ireland 100/1.

First game: v Leitrim or Mayo, November 8, Dr Hyde Park.


Sligo

All-Ireland titles: 0.

Connacht titles: 3 (2007).

Manager: Paul Taylor (second season).

Captain: Paddy O'Connor.

Last year: Lost to Galway, 3-11 to 0-7, Connacht semi-final; lost to Offaly, 3-17 to 0-15, Round 2 qualifier.

Last big Championship achievement: Last provincial crown in 2007.

Key man: Seán Carrabine.

Who could make a name for himself: Liam Gaughan - just his second season, but already making a name for himself.

Prospects: Anything other than immediate elimination would be a seismic shock.

Odds: Connacht 80/1; All-Ireland 2,000/1.

First game: v Galway, November 11, Pearse Stadium.


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