Monaghan and Kildare clash on Sunday in Clones with both sides looking for their first wins of the season.
Monaghan went down 1-15 to 1-09 last weekend in Navan to Meath while a wasteful Kildare side ultimately lost to two second half Tyrone goals, going down 2-11 to 0-12 points.
Kildare will have been disappoint to have lost their opening fixture especially having led 06-03 at half time and with the O’Byrne Cup final looming Kieran McGeeney can bounce back againat Monaghan.
Monaghan were also wasteful in Navan hitting 16 wides and will enter their first home clash of the football league without Colin Walsh, who came off 7 minutes into the Meath clash with a hamstring injury and Kieran Duffy.
Dick Clerkin, who came on a substitute last weekend, is set to start in place of Owen Lennon who could miss out due to work related commitments
Dick Clerkin came on as a sub late on last Saturday and is now back in training following his honeymoon and he could well figure in the absence of Owen Lennon, while Ciaran Hanratty and Stephen Gollogly, both of whom came on as subs last Saturday could also play a part even if not starting.
With the Seanie Johnston affair still not resolved, the latest development being the St Kevin’s forward invitation to the Cavan County board to visit his home in Straffan, Kildare will once again be reliant on Mikey Conway for scores.
A second defeat this weekend for either side would switch the focus from a promotion to a relegation battle and a tense affair is promised in Clones on Sunday (throw in 2.30pm with the game live on TG4)