Trends emerging as leagues take shape

There will still be four rounds remaining after next weekend’s Allianz Football League programme but some key trends are likely to emerge after this weekend

With semi-finals removed from the Allianz Football League Division 1 this year, only the top two will be in line to win the title so it’s crucial for contenders to stay in touch with the pace.

Unusually, no county in the group has taken full points while only Roscommon are yet to pick up their first point.

DIVISION 1: CAN DONEGAL END DUBLIN’S RUN?

Saturday:  Mayo v Roscommon, Elverys MacHale Park. 7.0

 Sunday: Donegal v Dublin, Ballybofey, 2.0;

Kerry v Monaghan, Fitzgerald Stadium, 2.0;

Tyrone v Cavan, Omagh, 2.30.

Sixteen counties have tried – sixteen counties have failed.

It leaves Dublin seeking to extend their unbeaten Allianz League and All-Ireland championships run to 32 games over almost two years when they play Donegal in Ballybofey on Sunday.

Dublin have won 27, drawn four (two each against Tyrone and Mayo) of their last 31 games, which have included three clashes with Donegal. They all came last year, with Dublin winning the Division 1 group game by 1-10 to 0-7,the Allianz Football League semi-final by 1-20 to 0-13 and the All-Ireland quarter-final by 1-15 to 1-10.

All three games were in Croke Park.

Like Dublin, Tyrone and Monaghan have taken three from a possible four points so far, leaving them with in a very positive mindset for their third round encounters against Cavan and Kerry respectively.

Tyrone will be at home to Cavan, who beat them once already this year in the first round of the McKenna Cup in early January. The counties clashed four times last year with Tyrone winning three (Division 2 group game and final and the Ulster semi-final replay) while there was one draw (Ulster semi-final). Monaghan lost to Kerry by eight points in last year’s Allianz Football League.

Sean Mc Caffreys predictions :- Dublin, Mayo, Tyrone/Cavan – Draw and Monaghan (Heart ruling the head)