Galway v Dublin, Sunday, 2pm, Pearse Stadium
Galway will welcome Dublin to Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon for this crunch clash between the sides. The winner here will almost certainly make it to the quarter final stages. However, there is more to it than that as both sides will be meeting in the Leinster round robin series they will want to lay down a marker to the opposition.
Dublin have made a superb start in the division under former club All-Ireland winning boss Mattie Kenny, they beat Carlow on the opening night in Parnell Park narrowly and then followed that up with victory against Offaly two weeks ago in Tullamore. This is no doubt a step up again for them two games but again Dublin have nothing to lose Galway are at home and are favourites. Looking at Galway Micheal Donoghue will not be impressed with their start to date in the league, although they won their first game beating Laois at this venue they slipped up against Carlow at Dr Cullen Park and were lucky enough to get a draw in the end. More will be needed here to get the much needed win.
Looking at the sides, Galway will be without the St Thomas’ contingent after their exploits in the All-Ireland club semi-final against Cushendall. However, they still have Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion, Davy Glennon, Padraic Mannion, Aidan Harte and Johnny Coen to call on so they are not as weak as you may think. Dublin will have the likes of Donal Burke, John Hetherton, Eamonn Dillion and Paul Ryan to call on in attack, in defence Chris Crummy, Shane Barrett and Cian O’Callaghan will be key.
GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Jack Grealish, Ronan Burke, Aidan Harte; Kevin Hussey, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; Cathal Mannion, Sean Loftus; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Sean Bleahene; Brian Concannon, Jason Flynn, Davy Glennon.
Galway are 2/5 to win and Dublin are priced as 5/2 underdogs with the draw 10/1. I think Galway will be to strong and win by 3 or 4 points here.