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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Fermanagh can make it two wins from two under new boss Gallagher

Monaghan's experience should tell

Conor McManus (left) spearheads a sharp Monaghan attack
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From 2pm Sunday

The best football bet of the day is in Division 3 where Fermanagh look great value at 10-11 to defy a four-point handicap against an Offaly side who look set to struggle this season. 

Rory Gallagher was a top-class appointment for Fermanagh at the start of the campaign. He showed what he could do with Donegal and the vibes coming from the Fermanagh camp are positive. 

Fermanagh commenced the campaign with a richly-deserved 3-7 to 2-5 win over Wexford on home soil but you could certainly see the rustiness and there ought to be improvement to come. It was a bizarre game with lots of red cards but the hosts looked a class apart. 

Seamus Quigley netted twice in seven minutes at the end of the first half and Conall Jones blasted home a third to seal a comfortable success. 

Offaly were abysmal in the opening half of their loss to Longford and trailed by 0-14 to 1-1 at halfway. They put some respectability on the scoreboard in the second half but they were outclassed. 

They look lifeless up front without Niall McNamee and 2018 could be a tough year for the Faithful County. Fermanagh are a better side than Longford so it is hard to see Offaly keeping within the four-point handicap.

Kildare threatened an upset in their opener with Dublin but seemed to throw in the towel in the second half and looked demoralised in the closing stages. The Lilywhites could struggle to get up to the pace of Division 1 football and Monaghan's experience should tell.

Cian O'Neill is without his star man Kevin Feely and Neil Flynn is also missing. Kildare cannot afford to be without the services of such a talented pair against Monaghan who have firmly established themselves in the top tier over the last couple of years. 

Although Conor McManus is still undergoing rehab, Monaghan still have quality up front with Ryan McAnespie, Conor McCarthy and Jack McCarron. That trio could make the difference and secure an away win for the Farney Army. 

Only a converted penalty deep into stoppage time deprived Meath of maximum points from the trip to Dr Hyde Park last Sunday and they will fancy their chances of compensation as they welcome Clare to Pairc Tailteann. 

The Royals should win but they are no value and the value lies in the goal markets. 

League matches at Pairc Tailteann often thrown up high-scoring encounters and this Meath attack has goals written all over it. 

They got two last week against Roscommon with Cillian O'Sullivan and Eamon Wallace finding the net and they are sure to create at least four goalscoring opportunities against a Clare side whose defence has looked shaky for the last few seasons. 

Paddy Power are offering 6-4 about Meath scoring two or more goals and that looks the way to go.

Fermanagh -4
3pts 10-11 Coral
Monaghan -1
1pt 9-5 Paddy Power
Meath over 1.5 goals
1pt 6-4 Paddy Power

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Fermanagh are a better side than Longford so it is hard to see Offaly keeping within the four-point handicap
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