Monaghan v Cavan, Saturday, 2pm, Clones
An Ulster derby here with neighbours Cavan and Monaghan battling it out in this relegation battle. A loss for either side would impact massively on both sides hopes of staying in Division 1 for 2020.
Looking at Monaghan, they will need a win here to avoid relegation . The final game for them is an away trip to Castlebar so a win is vital here. The Farney men have played 5 games to date, just winning the one and losing four. That win came against Dublin on the opening, since then though, they have lost to Galway, Roscommon, Tyrone and Kerry. Their opponents Cavan haven’t faired out much better, also losing four games and just winning the one. The win came against Roscommon, but they have lost to Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Tyrone. Their final game is against Dublin so a win here is a must to have any chance of staying in the top flight.
Looking at the players that can decide the outcome of the game and we will firstly take a look at Monaghan. They will look to players like Karl O’Connell, Vinnie Corey, Dessie Mone and Colin Walsh in defence. In attack players like Stephen O’Hanlon, Conor McManus and Conor McCarthy will be key if Monaghan are to win this game. Cavan will look to Padraig Faulkner, Conor Moynagh and Chris Conroy. Midfield I expect Paul Graham and Killian Clarke to continue. In attack then players like Dara McVeety, Martin Reilly and Conor Madden will be key players for them if they are to get a much needed win.
Monaghan have been installed as 4/9 favourites here with Cavan at odds 5/2 and the draw 15/2. Odds of no goalscorer at 4/1 look tempting.