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Tyrone and Derry meet in an all Ulster clash in Division Two of the Allianz National Football League in Healy Park in Omagh on Sunday afternoon(2.30). The hosts have been in excellent form in the early stages of the season and will be expected to take the points here.

These two sides met in the McKenna Cup Final last month and Tyrone won on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-08. Derry finished the match with fourteen men on that occasion but Micky Harte’s side were full value for their win and deserved to take the title that night. Since then, Tyrone have gone on to defeat a much fancied Kildare side in the first round of the league. The Red Hands clearly mean business in 2012 and seem determined to return to the top tier as Division Two winners. It will take a decent outfit to upset their plans this season and with home advantage it is unlikely that they will drop many points in Omagh.

Derry were rather surprisingly beaten by Galway in Celtic Park last Sunday and will need a win this weekend if they are to keep their league hopes alive. It is never easy to get ones campaign back on track after losing points at home, and the Oak Leaf side will have been hurt by the defeat. Galway had been seen as a county in transition, under new management this season. To travel to Derry and come away with a win was a huge boost for their confidence. On the other hand, the reversal was a big blow for the home side.

Tyrone have to be selected to win this tie. The handicap betting also looks to represent decent value here. Boylesports go evens on Tyrone minus two points and it looks a handicap that they can cover. This has to be recommended as the bet in this game.

Verdict: Tyrone


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