Division 3 National Football League Preview, Fixtures and Betting Advice

Just like Division 2, Division 3 is very open with any of 5 or 6 teams that can win the division and promotion. There are several good games on paper at least and with that in mind we will take you through a preview of the division and our thoughts on who will come out on top and be promoted and also be relegated to Division 4 for 2020. So here we go

1. Down – Down come into the Division with new manager Paddy Tally. One thing is for sure Tally will demand 100% from every player. His attention to details and his defence mind when he was at Galway showed that he is well able for inter-county management. Down will have players like Kevin McKiernan, Donal O’Hare, Conor Laverty in their ranks. They are the current favourites. Current Odds – 15/8 

2. Laois – It is hard to know where Laois are in truth. They got promoted from Division 4 last year but many expected to them to do so. They have some superb players in their ranks the Kingston’s and Colm Begley for instance. At 3/1 I wouldn’t be backing them though. Current Odds: 3/1 

3. Westmeath – The Lake County will be delighted with their start to 2019 winning the O’Byrne Cup for the first time since 1988 beating Dublin. Jack Cooney is the new manager and he will surely instill pride back into the jersey. Ger Egan and Kieran Martin in attack will be vital along with James Dolan in defence. Could possibly reach final/promotion, Current Odds: 9/2 

4. Longford – Pauric Davis is the new boss of Longford a face that many will know in the county having played for the Midlanders for a number of years. He will becoming in fresh but will know the players, players such as Mickey Quinn, Colm P Smyth and Peter Foy will be key to their chances. Current Odds: 11/2 

5. Offaly – John Maughan is back in management and this time it’s with the Faithful county. Maughan’s sides are normally well organised and defensively well set up. Will probably find it tough in the division but key aim is probably to remain in the division. Current Odds : 10/1 

6. Sligo – Paul Taylor is at the helm in Sligo and in a good move by the Sligo county board to be fair appointing one of their own to the role. He will know the players he will have to work with. He will be minus several top class players though Red Og Hurley and David Kelly to name but two. Probably will struggle much will depend on their home games. Current Odds: 12/1 

7. Carlow – Carlow got promoted from Division 4 last year which was great for the county and players. Brendan Murphy who was in the US last summer is reported to be back in the squad, while Paul Broderick in attack will be key if Carlow are to remain in the division for 2020. Current Odds: 14/1

8. Louth – Wayne Kierans is the new man in the hot seat in Louth. Again he is a native of the county so will know the players inside out from travelling around the club games. Players like Ryan Burns, Pauric O’Connor and Anthony Williams will be key if they are to survive in the division, odds suggest they won’t. Current Odds: 25/1

Prediction: League Final – Down v Westmeath

Winner: Westmeath

Relegation – Louth (10/11) and Sligo (6/4)

Division 3 Fixtures

Round 1:

Saturday January 26

Down v Laois, Pairc Esler Newry, 7.00 pm

Sunday January 27

Carlow v Sligo, Dr Cullen Park, 2.00 pm
Offaly v Westmeath, O’Connor Park, 2.00 pm
Louth v Longford, TBC, 2.30 pm

Round 2:

Saturday February 2

Westmeath v Carlow, Cusack Park Mullingar, 3.00 pm
Laois v Louth, Croke Park, 3.00 pm

Sunday February 3

Sligo v Down, Connolly Park Collooney, 2.00 pm
Longford v Offaly, Pearse Park, 2.00 pm

Round 3:

Saturday February 9

Down v Westmeath, Pairc Esler, 7.00 pm

Sunday February 10

Offaly v Louth, O’Connor Park, 2.00 pm
Laois v Sligo, O’Moore Park Portlaoise, 2.00 pm
Carlow v Longford, Dr Cullen Park, 2.00 pm

Round 4:

Sunday February 24

Longford v Down, Pearse Park, 2.00 pm
Louth v Sligo, TBC, 2.30 pm
Westmeath v Laois, Cusack Park, 2.30 pm
Offaly v Carlow, O’Connor Park, 3.00 pm

Round 5:

Saturday March 2

Carlow v Louth, Dr Cullen Park, 7.00 pm
Laois v Longford, O’Moore Park, 7.00 pm
Down v Offaly, Pairc Esler, 7.00 pm

Sunday March 3

Sligo v Westmeath, Connolly Park, 2.00 pm

Round 6:

Saturday March 16

Offaly v Laois, O’Connor Park, 2.00 pm
Longford v Sligo, Pearse Park, 2.00 pm
Louth v Westmeath, TBC, 2.00 pm
Carlow v Down, Dr Cullen Park, 3.00 pm

Round 7:

Sunday March 24

Sligo v Offaly, Connolly Park, 2.00 pm
Westmeath v Longford, Cusack Park, 2.00 pm
Down v Louth, Pairc Esler, 2.00 pm
Laois v Carlow, O’Moore Park, 2.00 pm

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