Thursday 14 December 2017

Peter Canavan: I don't think Dublin and Kerry have pulled away from the rest

Peter Canavan
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Two-time All-Ireland winner Peter Canavan does not believe that the gap has widened between Dublin and Kerry and the rest.

Kerry and Dublin easily accounted for Donegal and Roscommon in the National League semi-finals, while it was a forgetful campaign for all the other All-Ireland contenders perhaps with the exception of Tyrone who won Division Two.

Dublin are currently available at 11/10 to retain their All-Ireland crown, with Kerry next best on 3/1.

Answering the question, 'Are Dublin and Kerry further ahead of the other contenders for the All-Ireland than last year?'' in the Irish Independent's Championship pullout today, he said: "No, you couldn’t say they are further ahead. Kerry are much the same, though they are ahead of where they  were at this time last year in fitness and conditioning. Still have improvement in them.

"Rory O’Carroll and Jack McCaffrey’s Dublin absence has yet to be properly tested."

On the chances of Stephen Rochford's Mayo, he added: "Mayo have a great chance of winning the All-Ireland, with a change of management sure to freshen things up.

"Add in their considerable physicality, the feel-good factor from the U-21s winning the All-Ireland and  a hunger second to no other team and you’ve got all the basic ingredients for success."

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