Kerry v Dublin, Sunday, 3.30pm, Croke Park
So it all comes down to this for both Kerry and Dublin on Sunday with both sides looking to make a bit of history of their own. Dublin will be looking to make it five in a row, the first team to ever do so, while Kerry will be looking to stop the drive for five. The game throws in at 3.30pm and is live on RTE. However, if you can’t make the game we will be bringing you live score updates from the below link.
Kerry come into the game on the back of a good win over Tyrone in the All-Ireland semi-final. The second-half performance that day really impressed me as did the performances of Stephen O’Brien, Tommy Walsh, and David Clifford. In the Super 8’s Peter Keanes men beat Mayo, drew with Donegal, beat Meath, before beating Tyrone in the semi-final. On average in the championship Kerry have scored 1-17, they have conceded on average just 1-12. Sean O’Shea is Kerry’s top scorer with 1-38. Peter Keane will look to David Moran, Paul Geaney, David Clifford and Sean O’Shea to provide leadership once more.
Dublin come into the game as raging hot favourites and will be looking to create history with the first team to achieve the 5 in a row. They overcame Mayo with considerable ease in the semi-final and never really looked in trouble. Con O’Callaghan, Paul Mannion and Brian Fenton all impressed for Jim Gavin’s men in that game. In the Super 8’s Dublin beat Cork, Roscommon and Tyrone. On average Dublin have scored 2-21, while they have conceded just on average 0-12 per game. Dublin manager Jim Gavin will look to players like Con O’Callaghan, Brian Fenton, Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion.
Last Five Championship Meetings
2016 Dublin 0-22 Kerry 2-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2015 Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-09 (All-Ireland Final)
2013 Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2011 Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11 (All-Ireland Final)
2009 Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-07 (All-Ireland Quarter-Final)
Dublin have won the last four meetings between the sides. Previously to that Kerry won eight and drew one of the previous nine games. The sides meet for the second time this year, with Kerry beating Dublin in the league 1-18 to 2-14. Jim Gavin has only once as Dublin manager in the championship, with that loss coming to Donegal in 2014 in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Dublin are a massive 1/5 to win this game, while Kerry are 5/1. The draw is priced at 14/1. I fancy Dublin to win this by 4 or 5 points. Kerry will come with a plan but I think Dublin will just have too much.