Division 2 National Football League Preview, Fixtures and Betting Advice

Division 2 of the Allianz Football League looks very open to be fair with any of the 8 teams in with a chance of getting promoted winning the division and/or been relegated. Roscommon and Cavan were promoted from the division last year. We will take you through a preview of each team now, with a look at the odds as well as the fixtures. Again, the top two teams will advance to the final and will be promoted, while the bottom two teams in the division will be relegated to division 3.

1. Donegal – Declan Bonner has recruited the services of Stephen Rochford and he will be a major coup for the Tir Chonaill men. They are the current favourites to win the division. They face a long trip to Ennis for their opening game. They have star players all over the field Ryan McHugh, Paddy McBrearty. Odhran MacNiallais, Michael Murphy. I would expect them to reach the league final and be promoted. Their odds suggest they will. Current Odds: 5/4 

2. Kildare – The Lilywhites are up and coming and have a young side. Cian O’Neill has recruited Karl O’Dwyer son of Mick O’Dwyer and Tom Cribben former Westmeath boss to his backroom team. Also in the backroom team is All-Ireland hurling winner Michael Fennelly. They face former manager Kieran McGeeney and Armagh in their opening game at Newbridge. Daniel Flynn, Paul Cribben, Kevin Feehly and John Byrne will be key to their chances of getting out of Division 2. Current Odds: 4/1

3. Cork – Cork could be the dangerous the division in my opinion. Ronan McCarthy is in charge of the Rebels. Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane and Brian Hurley will be vital to the cause. They face a difficult opening game away to Fermanagh in Enniskillen. A win their would set them up very nicely indeed. Current Odds – 11/2

4. Armagh – Kieran McGeeney’s men had a good pre-season getting to the Dr McKenna Cup Final before losing out to Tyrone. However, McGeeney’s target will be to get out of this division but it won’t be easy with very tough games. They face a difficult task in the opening round with a trip to Newbridge to play Kildare. McGeeney will be boosted with the return of Jamie Clarke and Stefan Campbell however. Current Odds: 13/2

5. Meath – Meath can have a big say in this league campaign. They are capable of winning all their games in the league but the thing with the Royals is their very inconsistent. They have good players like Graham Reilly, Donal Keoghan and Donal Lenihan. A look at the odds suggest a mid table finish. Current Odds : 7/1 

6. Tipperary – Liam Kearns remains at the helm in the Premier and it could be a difficult league for his side with away trips to Armagh and Kildare. They will probably need to win one of those to have any chance of getting into the promotion ranks. Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney will be key to their chances. Current Odds: 10/1

7. Fermanagh – According to the odds the Ernersiders are one of the favourites to be relegated. Rory Gallagher is an astute manager he will have a plan for every game his side faces into. They face Donegal and Armagh away from home which probably reflects their odds. Current Odds: 25/1

8. Clare – Clare just like Fermanagh are odds on to be relegated to Division 3 for 2020. Much will probably defend on their home form. They face difficult opening games with Armagh and Donegal. Two losses their will not be good for the Banner. Current Odds : 25/1

Prediction: League Final – Donegal v Kildare

Winner: Donegal

Relegation – Clare (8/11) and Fermanagh (8/11)

Division 2 fixtures:

Round 1:

Sunday January 27th

Clare v Donegal, Cusack Park Ennis, 2.00 pm
Kildare v Armagh, Newbridge, 2.00 pm
Fermanagh v Cork, Brewster Park, 2.00 pm
Meath v Tipperary, Pairc Tailteann Navan, 2.00 pm

Round 2:

Saturday February 2nd

Donegal v Meath, Ballybofey, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 3rd

Cork v Kildare, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 1.00 pm
Armagh v Clare, Páirc Esler, Newry, 2.00 pm
Tipperary v Fermanagh, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2.00 pm

Round 3:

Saturday February 9th

Fermanagh v Kildare, Brewster Park, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 10th

Clare v Cork, Cusack Park, 2.00 pm
Tipperary v Donegal, Semple Stadium, 2.00 pm
Meath v Armagh, Pairc Tailteann, 2.00 pm

Round 4:

Saturday February 23rd

Cork v Meath, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 24th

Armagh v Tipperary, Athletic Grounds, 2.00 pm
Donegal v Fermanagh, Letterkenny, 2.00 pm
Kildare v Clare, Newbridge, 2.00 pm

Round 5:

Saturday March 2nd

Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, 7.00 pm
Donegal v Armagh, Ballybofey, 7.15 pm

Sunday March 3rd

Meath v Kildare, Pairc Tailteann, 2.00 pm
Fermanagh v Clare, Brewster Park, 2.00 pm

Round 6:

Saturday March 16th

Clare v Meath, Cusack Park, 2.00 pm
Cork v Donegal, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2.00 pm
Kildare v Tipperary, Newbridge, 2.00 pm
Armagh v Fermanagh, Athletic Grounds, 7.00 pm

Round 7:

Sunday March 24th

Tipperary v Clare, Semple Stadium, 2.00 pm
Meath v Fermanagh, Pairc Tailteann, 2.00 pm
Armagh v Cork, Gaelic Grounds, 2.00 pm
Donegal v Kildare, Ballyshannon, 2.00 pm

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