Kildare v Tipperary, Saturday, 2.30pm, Newbridge
This is a big game for Tipperary as a loss here would put them into relegation going into the final weekend of games. Kildare still have an outside chance of reaching the final but they will need to win this game and final game away to Donegal to have a chance.
Cian O’Neill’s Kildare sit in fourth place in the table with 5 points from 5 games. They have 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, The two wins coming against Cork and Clare, the draw was with Armagh, while the 2 losses came to Meath and Fermanagh, both of which were away games for the Lilywhites. Liam Kearns’ Tipperary will need a win here to push them up the table to take them out of the relegation zone. A win here could secure their place in the division depending on other results, if not they will need to beat Clare at home next weekend.
Looking at the sides, in defence Mick O’Grady, Dave Hyland and Eoin Doyle will be key. Kevin Feehly and Tommy Moolick are likely to partner in a formidable midfield partnership, while in attack Paddy Brophy, Keith Cribbin and Fergal Conway will be key players. The inside full forward line is expected to see Ben McCormack and Neill Flynn. Looking at Tipperary, the defence Alan Campbell and John Meagher will be key players. Liam Casey is again likely to partner Steven O’Brien in midfield, in attack Liam McGrath, Conor Sweeney and Brian Fox will be key players if the Premier men are to win here.
Kildare are 2/5 to win this game, Tipperary are 11/4 and the draw is 15/2. Neill Flynn to score a goal at 3/1 looks a good bet here.