Roscommon v Monaghan, Sunday, 2.30pm, Dr Hyde Park
Roscommon will welcome Monaghan on Sunday to Dr Hyde Park for this Division 1 football game. Roscommon lost out to Mayo in their opening league game at a windy and wet Castlebar last Saturday night they will be looking to make amends for that defeat here on home soil. Monaghan made a superb start to their 2019 National League campaign with a win over reigning All-Ireland and league champions Dublin in Clones.
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Monaghan are obviously full of confidence coming into this game here with that superb win over Dublin. Malachy O’Rourke will look to players like Conor McManus, Stephen O’Hanlon and Jack McCarron in attack, while in defence Fintan Kelly, Karl O’Connell and the Wylie brothers will be key. Roscommon I feel will need to rack up a big score here with a goal or two to beat Monaghan, can they do that I’m not so sure. Anthony Cunningham’s charges will need players like Cathal Cregg, Colin Compton, Enda Smith and Shane Killoran.
Looking at the odds Roscommon are outsiders at 2/1 and Monaghan are favourites at 8/15. The draw is priced at 15/2 here. Conor McManus to get the first goal looks good in terms of odds he is 11/2 and 23/10 to score a goal at any stage in the game. I also fancy Monaghan to win so would back them to win by 1-3 points at odds of 13/5.
Teams are yet to be announced.