Dublin and Kildare meet in Croke Park this Sunday at 2pm, in what is undoubtedly the biggest game in round four of the Allianz National Football League.
Both counties are unbeaten after three rounds, and a win in this game will go a long ways towards securing a semi-final spot for one of these sides. Eight points is expected to be sufficient to reach the last four, and these teams already have six in the bag. The fact that the counties are Leinster rivals and know each other so well, adds further spice to an already intriguing contest.
Dublin have really impressed with the start they have made to the season, scoring 4-43 in three matches, and also only conceding 2-29, which is the lowest in the division. Kerry, Cork and Mayo have all been sent packing as Jim Gavin’s men march on. Kildare have managed 6-32 in their outings against Donegal, Cork and Kerry. Kieran McGeeney seems to have unearthed a number of promising young players, and Seanie Johnston has found his form after a quite first season.
Dublin have made three changes for this match, with Shane Supple, Michael Daragh McAuley and Diarmuid Connelly all coming in to the side. Kildare TBC.
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Bernard Brogan is arguably the best footballer in the country at the moment and he has really impressed in the league to date. Kildare will have to stop the ball going into the Dubs full forward if they are to have any chance here. Seanie Johnston has been making up for lost time in a Kildare jersey and if he can continue to keep the scores coming, he will be a man for opposing defences to fear.
The betting for this game is slightly surprising as Kildare are bigger than expected at 9/4
. They are very tempting at those odds, and may be worthy of a small wager, although Dublin look like they will be very difficult to beat. Kildare are the call purely from a value point of view.