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Monaghan have never been renowned for shirking a challenge and to clip Kerry two times in a row in this venue must be seriously tempting. (stock photo)

Monaghan have never been renowned for shirking a challenge and to clip Kerry two times in a row in this venue must be seriously tempting. (stock photo)

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Monaghan have never been renowned for shirking a challenge and to clip Kerry two times in a row in this venue must be seriously tempting. (stock photo)

NFL DIV 1

MONAGHAN v KERRY

Today, 2pm, Inniskeen

Well, here it starts, and we get to see what this brave new world looks like. Any suggestions that players just don't have the same appetite for things will be answered here. Monaghan have never been renowned for shirking a challenge and to clip Kerry two times in a row in this venue must be seriously tempting.

VERDICT: Monaghan

NFL DIV 1

DONEGAL v TYRONE

Tomorrow, 4pm, Ballybofey

There is a sense, if you sniff around in the right places, that one team may be better prepared than the other here.

With the loss of Colm Cavanagh and Cathal McShane, Tyrone might be wavering a little, along with not wishing to reveal their hand so close to the Championship clash between these two.

VERDICT: Donegal

NFL DIV 2

ARMAGH v ROSCOMMON

Today, 5.30pm, Athletic Grounds

Promotion into the top flight beckons for Armagh if they can get a positive result against the second-placed team in the league here.

There is a sense they have been building something very concrete over the last 20 months or so. This is the next step and, with travelling restrictions being what they are, a home result is the only plausible prediction.

VERDICT: Armagh

NFL DIV 2

KILDARE v CAVAN

Tomorrow, 2pm, Newbridge

But for their second-round slip-up to Clare, the home side could have been in a very different position than the one they find themselves in now.

If Cavan go all out for this, they could blow the promotion race wide open with a mouth-watering home game to follow against Roscommon next week. Perhaps the thought might be to maintain huge momentum through the next two weeks into the Ulster opener. We will see.

VERDICT: Kildare

NFL DIV 2

CLARE v FERMANAGH

Tomorrow, 1pm, Ennis

Fermanagh are gathering up a team, of sorts, to fulfil this fixture after 17 of their players were forced to isolate following a Covid outbreak among the panel.

Clare, to their credit, offered to reschedule the game, but that was turned down by the GAA. There really is only one likely result after that.

VERDICT: Clare

NFL DIV 3

DOWN v LEITRIM

Today, 4pm, Páirc Esler

Paddy Tally has already named his team and it contains a very potent full forward line. This may be the way to go, with teams not at the same level of organisation at this point.

VERDICT: Down

NFL DIV 3

DERRY v LONGFORD

Today, 4.30pm, Celtic Park

If Derry intend to spring a surprise against Armagh in the Championship then they need to actually hit this game in a serious vein of form and maintain it. Word was that they used lockdown well to concentrate on the physical side of their development, though Longford have got results here in the past.

VERDICT: Derry

NFL DIV 4

WICKLOW v ANTRIM

Today, 12.30pm, Aughrim

Antrim have messed up opportunities like this in the past of course, but they could ride along on a wave of good feeling sweeping through the county right now with the Casement Park announcement.

VERDICT: Antrim

ALL IRELAND UNDER-20 SEMIS

TYRONE v DUBLIN

Today, 2pm, Kingspan Breffni

The good news for Tyrone manager Paul Devlin, and indeed Mickey Harte, is that Darragh Canavan is fully fit to play a role in this game. It seems a very long time since Harte flagged him up as a seriously exciting talent after a McKenna Cup game.

This is an exciting group from Tyrone and they lack for nothing in terms of preparation.

VERDICT: Tyrone

NHL DIV 2A FINAL

ANTRIM v KERRY

Tomorrow, 1pm, Tullamore

The last time these two teams met, three Kerry players, including the outrageously gifted Shane Conway, were ruled out at the time with mumps.

Rumours have it that they could be without another sizeable contingent but for another reason. We plump for Antrim, for no real reason. We are in hunch and gut feeling territory here. Let's just go with it.

VERDICT: Antrim

NHL DIV 2B FINAL

DOWN v DERRY

Tomorrow, 2pm, Athletic Grounds

Hardly anything to choose between these two the last time they met, Derry winning with a single goal the difference all the way back in January.

Without some of the stronger hurlers in the county who will be on football duty, Derry are slightly weakened but may still have enough.

VERDICT: Derry

Belfast Telegraph