Division 1 National Football League Preview, Fixtures and Betting Advice

It’s that time of the year again with the Allianz League set to begin on the weekend of the 26th/27th of January. Dublin will once again be the team everyone will want to beat, while Roscommon and Cavan are the two newly promoted teams in the Division for the 2019 league campaign. We will take you through a preview of each team in the division, along with fixtures and betting odds. The first two teams in the division will advance to the final, while the bottom two teams will battle it out for relegation down to Division 2.

First up we will look at reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin.

1. Dublin – Jim Gavin’s men are the current favourites to win the league title as well as the All-Ireland. Dublin started a relatively inexperienced side in the O’Byrne Cup but one thing is for sure when they take to the turf against Monaghan in the league opener their big players will be back. The only thing that I can see that may not work to Dublin’s advantage is will they have the  hunger to go for another league title or save that up for the drive for five All-Ireland’s in a row. Only time will tell. Will make league final though. Current odds – 8/15 

2. Kerry – A new manager on the scene in that of Peter Keane following the departure of Eamonn Fitzmaurice. This will be a big year for Kerry and just because it’s Keane’s first year at helm he will still be expected to win Sam Maguire. They have a strong young team and I fancy them to challenge Dublin in the league final in March. They may even go on to win it. Current odds – 13/2 

3. Tyrone – Mickey Harte remains as Tyrone boss and he got the year underway well with his side beating Armagh in the Dr McKenna Cup. They have some top class players in their ranks Peter Harte, Niall Sludden and Colm Cavanagh. Darragh Canavan son of legendary Red Hand captain Peter is also in the squad. Current odds – 8/1

4. Mayo – Mayo have recruited James Horan back to the helm as senior boss. He guided them to two All-Ireland Finals albeit losing narrowly. They have some superb players though Lee Keegan, Aidan O’Shea, Keith Higgins and Colm Boyle. The squad are ageing so may be Horan might put his all into the next two or three years with Mayo. Current odds: 9/1 

 5. Galway – Kevin Walsh’s men will look to have another good year in the Division. They lost out in the Connacht League final to Roscommon. They have good players with Shane Walsh, Gareth Bradshaw and Gary O’Donnell in their ranks. Liam Silke is also back in their ranks. Current odds : 10/1

6. Monaghan – Monaghan with Malachy O’Rourke could be one of the outsiders here in the Division. They face a difficult home opening game to reigning champions Dublin but a win their would put them into fine fettle. Have players like Conor McManus, Darren Hughes, Karl O’Connell and he Wylie brothers. Current odds: 16/1

7. Roscommon – Roscommon will have Anthony Cunningham at the helm here for his first season in charge. His side beat Galway in the Connacht League. However, they will be up against it in the league with difficult games both home and away, they were beaten by Cricket scores last year in the Super 8s. Predicting cricket is never easy, but these write several good cricket match prediction  Current odds: 40/1

8. Cavan – Mickey Graham is in charge of Cavan and he is a superb manager having guided Mullingatha of Longford to Leinster club success. Seanie Johnston, Gearoid McKiernan and Conor Moynagh are all good players and they will need to be at their best if Cavan are to remain in the division. Current odds: 50/1

Prediction: League Final – Kerry v Dublin

Winner : Kerry

Relegation – Roscommon (8/15) and Cavan (4/7)

Division 1 fixtures:

Round 1:

Saturday January 26:

Mayo v Roscommon, MacHale Park Castlebar, 7.00 pm

Sunday January 27:

Monaghan v Dublin, St Tiernach’s Park Clones, 2.00 pm
Kerry v Tyrone, Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney, 2.00 pm
Galway v Cavan, Pearse Stadium, 2.30 pm

Round 2:

Saturday February 2:

Dublin v Galway, Croke Park, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 3:

Cavan v Kerry, Breffni Park, 2.00 pm
Roscommon v Monaghan, Dr. Hyde Park, 2.30 pm
Tyrone v Mayo, Healy Park Omagh, 2.30 pm

Round 3:

Saturday February 9:

Kerry v Dublin, Austin Stack Park Tralee, 7.00 pm
Mayo v Cavan, MacHale Park, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 10:

Roscommon v Tyrone, Dr Hyde Park, 2.00 pm
Monaghan v Galway, Inniskeen, 2.00 pm

Round 4:

Saturday February 23:

Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, 7.00 pm
Tyrone v Monaghan, Healy Park, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 24:

Galway v Kerry, Pearse Stadium, 2.00 pm
Cavan v Roscommon, Breffni Park, 2.30 pm

Round 5:

Saturday March 2:

Tyrone v Cavan, Healy Park, 7.00 pm
Mayo v Galway, MacHale Park, 7.15 pm

Sunday March 3:

Roscommon v Dublin, Dr Hyde Park, 2.00 pm
Kerry v Monaghan, Fitzgerald Stadium, 3.00 pm

Round 6:

Saturday March 16
Monaghan v Cavan, St Tiernach’s Park, 2.00 pm
Galway v Roscommon, Pearse Stadium, 2.00 pm
Dublin v Tyrone, Croke Park, 7.00 pm
Kerry v Mayo, Austin Stack Park, 7.00 pm

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