Pat Flanagan has made no secret that his side’s best chance of retaining Division 2 to win their home games so, this Sunday’s game unsurprisingly will be seen as the proverbial six-pointer.
One big plus for Westmeath is the poor away form of Monaghan. The Ulster side have managed to beat Kildare and Louth at home, but disappointingly lost to Derry and Meath, both away.
Westmeath supporters will be hoping that Denis Glennon will be available from the off as he adds to the talent up front. He is recovering from a back injury, so Flanagan may be wary of rushing him back into the thick of it.
The Westmeath rearguard will have to thwart the influence of Paul Finlay, Chris McGuiness, and Owen Duffy who between them kicked 1-12 last Sunday. Tommy Freeman is doubtful due to a hamstring injury but if he passes fit for the game he’ll be one to watch!