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GAA: All Ireland Champions Set To Be Unlaoised On Leinster

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Armagh v Cavan

Cavan are the visitors to the orchard county for their opening game of the championship and with their impressive hard working exploits last year this is a game that will undoubtedly appeal to most viewers. Armagh hasn’t really shone as bright in recent years but can still be a tricky assignment for any side travelling to their home patch. Cavan’s work rate and ability to take unlikely scores at times can prove to be an influential factor this weekend.

Verdict: Cavan

Connacht Senior Football Championship

Roscommon v Mayo

Mayo have been in this position before and are well aware of the task of over-coming Roscommon in Connacht. Roscommon have been living in the shadow of their western counterparts in the last few years but could well pull off a surprise victory. It would still be unlikely for Mayo to let their guard down so early in the Championship so all signs lead to a green and red victory.

Verdict: Mayo

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Dublin v Laois

Laois have the game that some teams would love to have, although some teams would dread the thought of playing the All-Ireland champions so early in the championship. It will be interesting to see how the Laois defenders cope with rampant attacking play from the Dubs. Dublin should have more than enough firepower to overcome the midlands county in this encounter.

Verdict: Dublin

Louth v Kildare

Louth opened their championship with an impressive win in the opening round with victory over Westmeath. Kildare’s league form so far this year has been relatively poor and this game should be a chance for Kildare to redeem themselves as contenders for the Leinster Championship. Louth on the other hand have a victory under their belt and are quite capable of keeping their momentum ticking over. Kildare need to show something new and more positive if they are to progress past Louth and compete for the Leinster championship.

Verdict: Louth

Longford v Wexford

This will be one of the toughest games to judge this weekend as both sides are on similar standard of football and haven’t really been on top form. Wexford have been a promising force but have failed to make any consistent break through. Longford on the other hand have defended well in some games and will rely on Paul Barden for essential scores. Longford’s players tend to be slightly the better in most areas of the pitch except Wexford have the slight advantage in the forward line.

Verdict: Longford

Munster Senior Football Championship

Clare v Waterford

The Deise ccounty travel to Clare this weekend for their opening match in the Munster Championship. Clare have been doing quite well, with promotion to Division 3 next year coupled with a solid league campaign it would be hard to see them not coming out on top in this game. Waterford have always given the banner men some problems before but I think the momentum is with Clare at the moment and they should be able to hold out on home turf.

Verdict: Clare

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