Dublin and Tyrone meet in Croke Park on Saturday night at 7pm, in what is undoubtedly the tie of the round, in Division One of the Allianz National Football League.
The two sides were unbeaten in the competition going into last weekend’s round of matches, and while Tyrone lost their unbeaten record against Cork, Dublin showed that they mean business, by destroying arch rivals and fellow unbeaten side, Kildare. The former were hugely impressive and look like they will be very difficult to stop this season.
The Dubs have really hit the ground running this season under new boss Jim Gavin. It had been expected that the new set up would take time to bed in, and the players would need to learn how to play a new game, but in fact it has been the exact opposite. From the opening weekend, the Leinster champions have shown their intent, and at this point they look like they could go through the league campaign unbeaten.
Tyrone were only promoted from the second tier in 2012, but showed that they belong in the top flight, by winning their first three games easily. A surprise home defeat against Cork last weekend has stopped their momentum in it’s tracks, and a defeat against Dublin on Saturday night will suddenly have Micky Harte and his team asking serious questions of themselves.
Dublin have unsurprisingly decided to stick with the same team that beat Kildare last Sunday, while Colm Cavanagh and Kyle Coney have retained their places on the Tyrone team.
Players To Watch
Bernard Brogan is a far from original choice, but the Dublin full forward is arguably the best footballer in the country at present and he is playing at the top of his game. Tyrone will look to Martin Penrose to provide them with the scores that could see them cause an upset in this tie.
Dublin are short enough at 4/9 with Boylesports.com
against a Tyrone side that are capable of causing problems for them. A Dublin win has to be the verdict, but at those odds no bet is advised.