Kerry v Tyrone, Sunday, 2pm, Killarney
Old foes Kerry and Tyrone lock horns in what surely is the big game of the GAA football weekend. Kerry have new manager Peter Keane in the ranks and he will be expected to deliver swiftly for the Kingdom. Kerry fans will be expecting an All-Ireland just like they do every year. He has assembled a superb back room team with Donie Buckley, Tommy Griffin and Maurice Fitzgerald. The Kingdom have clearly got youth on their side. They will have the likes of David Clifford, David Moran. James O’Donoghue and Paul Geaney in their ranks. They are all incredible football players with incredible football brains always seem to do the right thing with the football.
Mickey Harte’s Tyrone won the Dr McKenna Cup beating Armagh last weekend which would have pleased the Errigal Ciaran man. This however is a step up in pace yet again. However, Harte has brought Kyle Coney back into the squad, while Darragh Canavan son of Peter is also in the squad and is certainly one for the future. The experienced heads of Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Tiernan McCann are also vital to the cause though. These games between Kerry and Tyrone are always tough to call.
Teams are expected to be announced on Friday after training
Tyrone (Allianz FL v Kerry): Niall Morgan; Liam Rafferty, Ronan McNamee, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiernan McCann, Rory Brennan, Michael McKernan; Brian Kennedy, Declan McClure; Matthew Donnelly, Peter Harte, Niall Sludden; Darren McCurry, David Mulgrew, Cathal McShane.
The bookies have this pretty much 50-50 at least according to the odds. Kerry are priced at evens and their opponent Tyrone are 11/10 to claim the spoils at Fitzgerald Stadium. Kerry are a tough nut to crack at home however and I personally feel they will just get the job done. The bet for me here would be in the winning margin market Kerry to win by 1-3 points at 11/4.