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Mayo v Galway, MacHale Park, 5.0,

P Neilan (Roscommon)

Mayo have the benefit of their outing against Leitrim but it's hard to know what they can take from a game that lost its tempo when it was stopped for almost 25 minutes due to injury. They'll look to Diarmuid O'Connor and Stephen Coen for inspiration. Galway will welcome back a handful of Corofin players into their set-up this week but Mayo look best placed to advance to a final meeting with Roscommon.

Verdict: Mayo


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Armagh v Antrim, Athletic Grounds, 2.0, B Rice (Down)

This game didn't get off the ground midweek due to floodlight failure but it may just have been a stay of execution for Antrim. They should be respected given that they took Armagh to a replay 12 months ago and even in the replay, the Orchard could only scrape past an Antrim team that were reduced to 14 men. Still Stevie McDonnell's men should have enough.

Verdict: Armagh

Allianz NFL Division 2

Galway v Laois, Tuam Stadium, 2.0, Marty Duffy (Sligo)

When these two sides were originally meant to meet, Galway were unbeaten while Laois had yet to pick up a point after two rounds. Now Galway are coming off the back of two defeats while Laois have taken three points from their last two outings. Laois are far from safe but Tomas O Flatharta's side will have his side well prepared for a trip to his former stomping ground. However, Galway like playing in Tuam as they demonstrated last year and that will see them get their promotion drive back on track.

Last year: Round 3: Laois 1-20 Galway 0-8

Odds: Galway 1/2 Laois 2/1 Draw 15/2

Verdict: Galway

Roscommon v Meath, Dr Hyde Park, 3.0, A Nolan (Wicklow)

Roscommon football is on a high after their U-21s swept into another provincial final while the senior side are well placed to earn promotion to the top flight. Enda Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh hit 5-6 between them for the U-21s midweek and they should prove a handful for a Meath side that have produced mixed performances of late. Last weekend Mick O'Dowd's men needed a late equaliser to secure a draw against Laois having led by seven at one stage in the second half.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Roscommon 8/13 Meath 13/8 Draw 15/2

Verdict: Roscommon

NFL Division 4

Leitrim v London, Páirc Sean Mac Diarmada, 1.0, N McKenna (Monaghan)

London have yet to pick up a point in the league and that's unlikely to change here.

Last year: Round 7: Leitrim 2-6 London 1-7

Odds: Leitrim 1/8 London 5/1 Draw 14/1

Verdict: Leitrim

NHL Division 1A

Kilkenny v Clare, Nowlan Park, 2.0,

J Owens (Wexford) LIVE TG4

The last two All-Ireland champions meet in a basement battle and this tie is complicated by the fact that these two sides will likely meet next weekend in a relegation play-off. Clare released a statement during the week in which they stated the panel was united despite recent defections but their gutsy win over Dublin last weekend did more to lift morale. Kilkenny suffered three league defeats under Brian Cody for the first time last time out but they could put that right here.

Last year: Round 1: Clare 1-16 Kilkenny 0-18

Odds: Kilkenny 11/10 Clare 5/6 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Kilkenny

Cork v Tipperary, Pairc Ui Rinn, 2.0,

B Kelly (Westmeath)

Two sides who have won three on the bounce since disappointing defeats on the opening day. They are both assured of a place in the quarter-finals but will want to build on their momentum going into the knock-out stages.

Last year: League quarter-final: Tipperary 3-25 Cork 4-19

Odds: Cork 5/6 Tipperary 11/10 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Cork

Dublin v Galway, Parnell Park, 2.0,

J Ryan (Tipperary)

Galway are already in the quarter-finals here regardless of the result and they were boosted by the return of Joe Canning to the starting team for the first time this year. Dublin could find themselves in the relegation play-off should they lose here and Clare beat Kilkenny.

Last year: Round 1: Galway 0-28 Dublin 1-12

Odds: Dublin 5/6 Galway 6/5 Draw 8/1

Verdict: Dublin

NHL Division 1B

Wexford v Waterford, Innovate Wexford Park, 2.0, C Lyons (Cork) TG4 deferred

In some ways this is the most significant game of the day with the winner of this game guaranteed top-flight hurling next year. Waterford could bounce straight back up after last year's relegation and have yet to lose in this campaign while Wexford went down at home to Limerick.

Last year: Did not meet

Odds: Wexford 10/11 Wexford Evens

Draw 9/1

Verdict: Wexford

Limerick v Laois, Kilmallock, 2.0,

P O'Dwyer (Carlow)

Limerick are already in the quarter-finals but will have be content with Division 1B hurling next year even if that hasn't done their championship performances much harm of late. 'Cheddar' Plunkett's Laois are set for a relegation play-off with Antrim.

Last year: Round 5: Limerick 1-17 Laois 1-13

Odds: Limerick 1/14 Laois 7/1 Draw 16/1

Verdict: Limerick

Antrim v Offaly, Ballycastle, 2.0,

A Kelly (Galway)

Antrim are condemned to a relegation play-off for the second year in a row while Offaly are in a league quarter-final.

Last year: Relegation play-off: Antrim 1-18 Offaly 1-14

Odds: Antrim 15/8 Offaly 4/9 Draw 10/1

Verdict: Offaly

NHL Division 2A

Kerry v London, Austin Stack Park, 2.0, D O'Driscoll (Limerick)

Kerry are unlikely to get into the shake-up at the top while London won't be relegated.

Last year: Round 5: Kerry 2-17 London 1-18

Verdict: Kerry

Westmeath v Carlow, Cusack Park, 2.0, S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Winner-takes-all game here with both teams tied on six points. The victors will be given a shot at whoever loses the relegation play-off in Division 1B.

Last year: Round 5: Carlow 2-21 Westmeath 0-13

Verdict: Westmeath

Derry v Wicklow, Owenbeg, 2.0,

J Clarke (Cavan)

Derry to extends Wicklow's losing run.

Last year: Did not meet

Verdict: Derry

NHL Division 2B

Donegal v Kildare, Letterkenny, 2.30,

E Hassan (Derry)

Christy Ring Cup champions Kildare are already in the final and can win here.

Verdict: Kildare

Meath v Down, Trim, 2.0, P Murphy (Carlow)

Down can set up a final date with Kildare.

Verdict: Down

Mayo v Armagh, MacHale Park, 2.0,

K McGeeney (Roscommon)

Mayo to make most of home advantage.

Verdict: Mayo

NHL Division 3A

Fermanagh v Monaghan, Brewster Park, 2.0, L McAuley (Antrim)

Verdict: Monaghan

Tyrone v Roscommon, Omagh, 2.0,

J Heffernan (Wexford)

Verdict: Tyrone

Fingal v Louth, Swords, 2.0,

G Quilty (Kilkenny)

Verdict: Fingal

NHL Division 3B

Longford v Sligo, Pearse Park, 1.0,

K Brady (Louth)

Verdict: Longford

Warwickshire v Leitrim, Pairc na hEireann, 1.0, C Cunning (Antrim)

Verdict: Warwickshire


Tomorrow (2.30 unless stated)

Division 1

Group 1

Wexford v Tipperary, Blackwater

Wexford can give themselves a chance of qualifying here and they should manage that against a Tipp side looking to put their first points on the board.

Verdict: Wexford

Offaly v Galway, Birr

Galway were comfortable when beating Tipp last week while Offaly had the weekend off and the Connacht side can take this to sneak into second spot behind Limerick.

Verdict: Galway

Group 2

Derry v Clare, Owenbeg, 12.15

Neither side has managed a point so far but Clare can prevail.

Verdict: Clare

Kilkenny v Dublin, Danesfort

Only Cork have beaten these two sides and a win for Dublin guarantees their spot in the semi-final and that should be enough of a carrot.

Verdict: Dublin

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