Mayo v Cavan, Saturday, 7pm, Elvery’s McHale Park
Mayo and Cavan lock horns on Saturday night in Castlebar with the Breffni men under Mickey Graham looking for their first win of the campaign having lost to Galway and Kerry in recent weeks. Mayo on the other have been superb winning two games, beating Roscommon on a wet night also at this venue, while they also beat Tyrone in Omagh something that many teams don’t do so James Horan’s men will be high spirits here.
The game itself I feel Cavan will set themselves the way they have in other keeps, which means keeping it tight at the back. They will need to given the quality of the Mayo players. The winning of this game I personally will be in the Mayo half back line, they are very strong defensively and going forward, Lee Keegan. Colm Boyle and Paddy Durcan. Up front Horan has new players like Brian Reape and Fionn McDonagh will be massive assets in attack with the experience of Jason Doherty and Andy Moran, and Cillian O’Connor when back fit they will be a tough side to beat.
Looking at this game, Mayo will look to those new players Reape and McDonagh in attack, while Jason Doherty and Moran up in attack will be key to their chances of getting the win. Cavan only lost to Kerry by a few points so there is plenty of hope for them, players like Cian Mackey, Ciaran Brady and Martin Reilly. Dara McVeety will also be key.
Looking at the odds Mayo are understandably heavy favourites at 1/4, the Breffni men are 4/1 and the draw is 10/1. I think Mayo will be to strong and win by 5 or 6 points in the end here.
Mayo (Allianz FL v Cavan): David Clarke; Stephen Coen, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Michael Plunkett, Paddy Durcan; Diarmuid O’Connor, Matthew Ruane; Fionn McDonagh, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Evan Regan, Andy Moran, Colm Moran
Cavan : TBA