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Calling the shots

By Declan Bogue

Allianz League Div 1

Galway v Tyrone

(Sunday, Tuam Stadium, 2.30pm)

Mickey Harte is putting out a strong looking side; All-Star half back line. Sturdy midfield. Plenty of options on the bench.

Galway have become a different animal under Kevin Walsh, and Tyrone may find the going tough here, but should be confident of victory on the road all the same.

VERDICT: Tyrone

Kerry v Donegal

(Sunday, Killarney, 2.00pm)

Judging from the McKenna Cup, Donegal manager Declan Bonner is assembling a very balanced squad, blending his all-conquering underage teams with established names, while he has been able to bring Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais and Nathan Mullins in as experienced operators.

However, it’s never simple to take points from Killarney.

VERDICT: Kerry

Monaghan v Mayo

(Sunday, Clones, 2.00pm)

Monaghan have traditionally pulled off a few surprises in Division One and they continue to be a solid spring team having survived the last three seasons in the top flight.

Mayo usually take their time to get going for the season and their team is littered with familiar faces, so we can only guess at their appetite for football right now.

VERDICT: Monaghan

Allianz League Div 2

Louth v Down

(Sunday, Drogheda, 2.00pm)

Like most managers, Eamonn Burns has found himself answering questions about missing players, but that should nearly be seen as a fact of life.

They put down a lacklustre McKenna Cup campaign and come up against an ambitious crowd with Pete McGrath at the helm, and this is one of those seldom mentioned cross-province derbies.

VERDICT: Louth

Clare v Cavan

(Saturday, Ennis, 2.00pm)

Cavan are in a strange place, having lost plenty of players over the winter while manager Mattie McGleenan has had his issues beefing up the backroom team also.

They meet a Clare team full of ambition, but Cavan’s experience of top flight football last year should count for something.

VERDICT: Cavan

Allianz League Div 3

Armagh v Sligo

(Sunday, Athletic Grounds, 2.00pm)

A repeat of last year’s league opener for the Orchard county, when a draw was nabbed by the visitors with a late penalty.

Manager Kieran McGeeney will have stressed the need for concentration this campaign, and they begin their push for promotion here.

VERDICT: Armagh

Fermanagh v Wexford

(Sunday, Brewster Park, 2.00pm)

So far the Fermanagh support have been heartened by a decent January campaign and under Rory Gallagher some fundamental flaws have been addressed.

They should pick up the win here.

VERDICT: Fermanagh

Derry v Westmeath

(Sunday, Celtic Park, 2.30pm)

Damian McErlain’s first game in charge should yield full points for the home side, though Westmeath will be keen to show they belong at this level having come up last year.

VERDICT: Cavan

Allianz League Div 4

Antrim v Leitrim

(Sunday, Corrigan Park, 2.00pm)

Lenny Harbinson’s men should get off on the right note, especially given their unblemished record in Corrigan Park.

VERDICT: Antrim

Allianz hurling League Div 1B

Galway v Antrim

(Sunday, Salthill, 1.00pm)

A tough evening in store for the Saffrons, but one they must learn from.

VERDICT: Galway

All-Ireland Intermediate football semi-final

Moy v An Gaeltacht

(Saturday, Thurles, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: An Gaeltacht

All-Ireland Intermediate hurling semi-final

Kanturk v Middletown

(Saturday, Newbridge, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Kanturk

All-Ireland Junior hurling semi-final

Ardmore v Setanta

(Saturday, Navan, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Ardmore

All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final

Slaughtneil v Thomastown

(Sunday, Inniskeen, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Slaughtneil

All-Ireland intermediate camogie semi-final

Eglish v Johnstownbridge

(Sunday, Ashbourne, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Johnstownbridge

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