Friday 19 January 2018

The Sunday Game panel rank the last 12 teams and Pat Spillane reveals why he can't see Kerry stopping the Dubs Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Sunday Game panel of Dessie Dolan, Aaron Kernan and Pat Spillane have ranked the 12 teams remaining in the championship and a definite pattern has emerged.

Dublin top the rankings for all three analysts after yesterday's impressive Leinster final victory over Kildare. Despite beating Jim Gavin's men in the league final, Kerry occupy second spot.

Tyrone and Mayo are in third and fourth across the board, Kildare seem to be the best of the chasing pack which also includes Donegal, Roscommon, Galway and Monaghan.

Cork, Armagh and Down can use the rankings as motivation as they make up the bottom three places in the rankings for all three men.

Reflecting on his choice of Dublin over Kerry, Spillane admitted that he doesn't think the Kingdom will be able to halt Jim Gavin's men's march to a third All-Ireland title in a row for two reasons.

"I put Dublin ahead of Kerry. Kerry surprised them in the league final, which was probably the worst thing that could have happened for the other 31 counties because it was a wake-up call," he said.

"Why I can't see Kerry beating Dublin at the moment? Pace. I look at centre-field and I see David Moran and Anthony Maher, brilliant midfielders and very strong, but can they match the pace of James McCarthy and Brian Fenton... I doubt it.

"The second area of concern I have is Kerry's half-forward line. I don't think there is enough of a scoring threat with the half-forwards he is picking at the moment and possibly enough pace to match the likes of Jack McCaffrey and these boys that are going to be bombing forward.2

Check out the rankings below:


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