'Kerry owe Fitzmaurice a big performance' - Tomás Ó Sé gives his predictions ahead of massive Super 8s weekend
Tomás Ó Sé expects Kerry to bounce back from their poor display against Galway with a narrow win against Monaghan in the Super 8sthis weekend.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side are facing elimination from the championship on Sunday as they travel to Clones for their second group game, having been beaten by the Tribesmen in Croke Park last weekend.
A win for Monaghan would seal a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time since 1988, while the other game in Group 1 sees Galway face Kildare in Newbridge. A win for Kevin Walsh's team would also see them into the final four.
In Group 2, Tyrone host Dublin in a mouthwatering clash in Omagh, with the winners advacing to the All-Ireland semi-finals while in Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon and Donegal will both look for their first win of the All-Ireland series.
Speaking to Des Cahill on Morning Ireland today, Kerry legend Ó Sé weighed in on the four contests as he gaves his weekend predictions.
Roscommon vs Donegal
"Both teams under pressure here after last weekend to get a win. I think it was a strange one for Donegal against Dublin, it seemed like they didn't push on in that last quarter. They played very well in patches but fell off in the last 15 minutes. They created a lot of chances. Roscommon played well against an open Armagh but were ruthlessly exposed last weekend against Tyrone.
"They are at home and they will want to improve but I think Donegal will have too much."
Tyrone vs Dublin
This will be some battle. It gives Mickey Harte another chance to test his under-fire style of football against the best. He has stuck to his guns and I admire him for that. I think their running game creates everything. I think the Dubs are a different animal for them though. It is chalk and cheese between themselves and Roscommon. The Dubs did enough last weekend but they won't be happy with some of the loose stuff.
Will Tyrone score enough? My guess is no and I think the Dublin forwards will grind out a result.
Kildare vs Galway
It will be another great atmosphere in Newbridge and Kildare were unlucky not to get something out of last weekend in my opinion. That game was in the balance but Monaghan finished stronger. I think Kildare carried the ball into tackles and got turned over too often. They looked to Daniel and Neil Flynn for scoring and Fergal Conway was the only other forward who scored. That's telling enough because up to now, all the Kildare forwards were scoring.
Galway played well in patches last weekend but I think there are areas they can improve on. They have a plan and they stick to it. I expect Galway to win but I think it will be a close match.
Monaghan vs Kerry
This is a defining match for both Monaghan and Kerry. Kerry were poor last weekend. They didn't perform and it is not good enough at this level. They went away from the pace and directness that was seen in Munster. People will argue that it was against lesser opposition but I'd argue that that is the template that's needed against the bigger teams as well.
If Monaghan win they will reach that semi-final that they have so badly wanted. Karl O'Connell gave one of the best displays all year last weekend. They will want to get inside Kerry's head. Kerry owe Fitzmaurice a big performance here and I think they'll get it. I think Kerry will just about win it.