Cavan v Dublin, Sunday, 2pm, Breffni Park
This game is essentially a dead rubber for Dublin who can’t qualify for the league final, something which they won’t be in for the first time since 2012. Cavan will need to beat to Dublin to have any chance of staying in the top flight for 2020, while they must rely on other results also, they need Roscommon to draw with Kerry and Monaghan to lose to Mayo for score difference to come into play. These scenarios are very unlikely to happen though.
Dublin Jim Gavin said he was very dissapointed with his sides performances against Tyrone. Speaking to RTE Sport the Round Towers club man said after the Tyrone game “That standard of a performance in Dublin is just not good enough at this level. You’ll certainly be found out. Lots of bad shots there tonight, lots of turnovers that wouldn’t be our normal game.” He could in my opinion use this game to try out more players for the Summer, which is what I would be doing considering nothing is at stake for them.
Looking at the the form Dublin have played 6 games, winning 3 and losing 3. Wins coming against Galway, Mayo and Roscommon incidentally all Connacht teams ! The losses came to Monaghan, Tyrone and Kerry. Cavan have played 6 games, only winning 1 and losing 5 losses to Kerry, Tyrone, Monaghan, Galway and Mayo. The only win came in a fine performance against Roscommon at Breffni Park. Speaking to the Irish News newspaper Cavan boss Mickey Graham is already planning for Division 2 football, he said We’re not going to paper over it, it’s not looking good; it looks as good as gone now at this stage. It’s out of our hands, but it’s been a really hard learning curve in Division 1.”
Looking at the teams here. Cavan will likely start Padraig Faulkner, Conor Moynagh, Ciaran Brady and Ciaran Rehill. Killian Clarke and Dara McVeety lined up in midfield in the loss to Monaghan they could again start here. In attack Cian Mackey, Conor Madden and Martin Reilly be key players. Dublin will almost certainly without Paddy Andrews following a collision with Niall Morgan which ended up with the Dublin forward having a broken jaw. Cormac Costello was also substituted with an injury. Brian Howard, Brian Fenton, Dean Rock and Con O’Callaghan will be key for them once again though, Mick Fitzsimons and Jonny Cooper will be expected to have big games in defence.
Cavan are 7/1 to win, Dublin 1/12 and the draw is 16/1. Dublin to win by 8 or 9 points here for me.