Race For Sam Maguire Heats Up As Qualifiers Enter Final Stage

samGalway v Cork

Galway will be hoping to improve on their victory over Armagh, with inspiration to come from players like Armstrong, Sice and Meehan. The tribesmen will face an uphill challenge and must improve on their last performance to come out on top in this round 4 qualifier. Cork will be hoping to erase the memory of their Munster final defeat to Kerry. Cork need players like Paul Kerrigan and other players to step up in this game to ensure that they progress. Cork have much more strength in-depth than Galway. The tribesmen have bounced back nicely and seem to be improving after a few of years of silence in the west however it may not be enough.

Verdict: Cork 

Donegal v Laois

Donegal come into this game after losing the Ulster final to Monaghan. Laois are on the other side of the coin, coming into this game on the back of positive results having built up a lot of momentum in the qualifiers. The real thing to know is what Donegal team will turn up to play Laois on Saturday, will it be a team that has recovered from the defeat against Monaghan or are they still suffering from that shock result? This could be a crucial factor in terms of who wins or loses this game. Laois have the potential to beat the All-Ireland champions under the present circumstances. I believe Donegal still have enough to come true this game but don’t be surprised if Laois follow Monaghan’s ferocious pressure game against the All-Ireland Champions.

Verdict: Donegal 

Tyrone v Meath

Tyrone come into this game after beating a tough physical Kildare team while Meath come into this game after losing the Leinster final to Dublin. Meath are not as bad as people suggest and I expect them to be difficult to beat given that they have raised their performances. Tyrone will be hoping the likes of Stephen O’Neill and Sean Cavanagh can get plenty of scores. Meath will be expecting good performances from Graham Reilly and Stephen Bray to help them progress in the championship.

Verdict: Meath

London v Cavan

This is an extraordinary occasion for both teams as neither has played at Croke Park in recent years at this stage of the championship. A place in the last eight of the All Ireland championship is at stake. London will find it hard to recover after their massive defeat to Mayo in the Connacht final. Cavan look invincible at times and will prove too strong for this London team who may be exposed in the open spaces of Croke Park. Cavan and London have made rare appearances at the business end of the championship. London will be hoping for an improved performance than their Connacht final appearance. Cavan last played in Croke Park in 1997 and will depend on players like Cian Mackey, while London will be looking for fewer mistakes in their defensive play.

Verdict: Cavan

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