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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Expect the scoreboard to keep ticking over as Tyrone welcome Kerry

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Kerry's ace attacker Paul Geaney
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Tyrone v Kerry 
Omagh, 3pm Sunday

There is nothing but pride to play for in this Division 1 duel and that could pave the way for an open, free-flowing and attacking game of football between two teams with top-class attacking units. Expect the scoreboard to keep ticking over and cash in on a high-scoring encounter.  

Having lost their form midway through the league stages, neither of these sides can book a place in the top-tier decider which is a shame as they seemed to be hitting top gear last weekend. 

Tyrone dished out a 2-14 to 0-8 hammering to Mayo, while Kerry racked up an impressive 0-19 in edging out basement boys Kildare by five points. 

Tyrone have really found their attacking flair in recent weeks, scoring 4-27 in their last two outings, and it is not far-fetched to think that they can continue that hot scoring spree for the visit of Kerry. 

Mickey Harte, unsurprisingly, has made wholesale changes but Conal McCann and Ronan O'Neill come in to an attack that already includes the in-form Lee Brennan. 

It is strange to say it in a game that involves Tyrone, but this has goals written all over it as the heat and intensity of championship football is unlikely to come anywhere near Omagh. 

Kerry have not taken the goal chances which have come their way of late, but their young forwards may get more space in which to manoeuvre and that could change here. 

The advice is to take the evens on offer with BoyleSports about 33 points or more being scored. Paddy Power have set the total points spread at 34.5 which tells you all you need to know.

Recommendations 
Over 32.5 points 
3pts Evs BoyleSports
Over 3.5 goals 
1pt 5-1 BoyleSports


Donegal v Mayo
Ballybofey, 3pm Sunday

Survival is at stake in this Ballybofey battle as the winner will maintain their position in Division 1 and the losers will drop to Division 2 and, with so much to play for, this could be a very cagey affair. 

That might sound like a rather stupid statement given that these sides have been conceding huge scores on the way to struggling in Division 1 but they might go back to basics for this crunch clash and make each other work hard for scores.

Mayo were wide-margin winners over Kildare in round five but they were a shambles against Tyrone last weekend, whereas Donegal will be kicking themselves that they were unable to edge out Ulster rivals Monaghan.

Confidence is low in both camps and with so much at stake expect a lot of mistakes. Mayo conceded 2-14 to Tyrone and Donegal coughed up 1-16 at the hands of Monaghan so do not expect this showdown to be so open.

The 32.5 total points spread looks high given what’s at stake so the advice is to go under. 

Mayo have only scored one goal in their last four league outings, while Donegal failed to find the net against either Galway or Dublin so the 9-2 about no goal in the game looks value.

Recommendations
Under 32.5 points
2pts Evs BoyleSports
No goals
1pt 9-2 BoyleSports


Kildare v Galway
Newbridge, 3pm Sunday

With a Division 1 decider against Dublin just seven days away, it is hard to envisage Galway going gung-ho in their showdown away to Kildare as the match means little or nothing to either side. 

However, it could mean a lot more to Kildare who have nothing to show for their exertions so far this season, despite deserving something from a number of outings - most notably their minimum-margin loss to Tyrone. 

There was more sign of life from Kildare last weekend as they rallied bravely in the second-half to give Kerry a scare and they should have taken plentyof confidence from that. 

Cian O'Neill has named a strong side for their last hurrah in the top tier and they also have home advantage. 

O'Neill will be keen to get some sort of response from his troops so expect to see them explode from the traps and build up an early lead, just as they did at Newbridge earlier in the campaign.

If they get their noses in front, Galway might not have the will-power to chase the deficit given that they have a showdown with the All-Ireland champions around the corner.

Recommendation
Kildare-Kildare double result
1pt 4-1 Betfair, Paddy Power


Meath v Down
Pairc Tailteann, 3pm Sunday

Meath have been on the slide for the last five years and defeat at the hands of Down will see them relegated to Division 3. That might not happen however. 

The Royals are better at Pairc Tailteann than anywhere else and their most impressive display came at the venue in round two when they racked up 0-21 and easily accounted for Clare. 

They also scored 1-15 in their four-point loss to Cork in their most recent home match so it is worth taking the evens available about them scoring 18 points or more. 

Donal Lenihan is a welcome addition to the attack and the Down defence could struggle to contain a pacy Meath forward unit.

Recommendations 
Meath -1
2pts 6-5 Betfair, Paddy Power
Meath over 17.5 points
2pts 11-10 Betfair, BoyleSports, Paddy Power


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