Galway v Roscommon, Saturday, 3.30pm, Pearse Stadium
Galway and Roscommon face off in this Division 1 league meeting which forms part of a double header in Salthill as the Galway hurlers are also in action against Wexford at 1.30pm.
Galway are still in the recknowing for a final place and a win here would be required if that was to happen. Even if they were to win they would to rely on other results going their way. They have played 5 games in division 1, winning 3 and losing two, the wins came against Mayo. Cavan and Monaghan, losses coming to Dublin and Kerry. They have scored 3 goals and 50 points in them 5 games, conceding 1-63. Roscommon will likely need a win here to confirm their status in the top flight a loss would mean it will go down to the final round next weekend. They have played 5 games, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 3. The win coming against Cavan, drawing with Tyrone and losing to Dublin, Mayo and Cavan.
Looking at the teams. Galway will look to players like Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Gareth Bradshaw and Gary O’Donnell in defence, in midfield Paul Conroy will likely partner Peter Cooke once more. In attack much of the scores will have to come Shane Walsh, Johnny Heaney and Barry McHugh. Roscommon boss Anthony Cunningham will likely start a strong team again to, meaning David Murray and Conor Delaney will line up in the full back line, Tadgh O’Rourke will likely start in midfield yet again. In attack, Conor Cox, Donie Smith and Enda Smith will be key players if Roscommon are to get a win here.
Galway are 1/2 to win this game, Roscommon are 9/4 and the draw is 7/1. Danny Cummins at 7/2 to score a goal anytime looks a good bet here.