From Odhrán Crumley
TIPPERARY VS LONGFORD, SUNDAY 1PM, THURLES
Last year’s All Ireland finalists occupy the second spot with four points thanks to wins over Antrim and Laois trebled with a narrow loss against to Sligo.
Longford were edged out by Armagh last weekend as they were by Louth a round previous their only two points coming in round one at the expense of Offaly.
Tipp are 2/5 favourites and will be expected to continue their good form against a stubborn Longford side. TIPP BY 2.
ARMAGH VS OFFALY, SUNDAY 2PM, ATHLETIC GROUNDS
Armagh finally got their first win last weekend surviving a late Longford comeback to win by two. The Orchard County will look to bulid after a poor start drawing with Sligo after leading, repeating the pattern a week later when Laois claimed a win from the clutches of defeat.
Offaly have made an indifferent start losing to Longford before beating Antrim before falling to Louth last time out.
Kieran McGeaney’s men will expect to make it win number two and I think they will. ARMAGH BY 5.
LOUTH VS ANTRIM, SUNDAY 2PM, DROGHEDA
The ‘wee county’ are the form team in the Division sitting pretty with three wins from three. Laois, Longford and Offaly have all fell victim to the Louth train.
Antrim got their first win last weekend with a surprise one point win over Sligo. A positive spin after losses to Tipp and Offaly.
Louth are expected to continue their good form and they should have enough to overcome the Saffrons. LOUTH BY FOUR.
SLIGO VS LAOIS, SUNDAY 2:30PM, MARKIEVICZ PARK
The bookmakers cannot split the sides in what is expected to be a close encounter.
Sligo were unbeaten before falling to a shock loss in Belfast last weekend. Laois were hammered by Louth before grabbing a shock win in Armagh but were unable to repeat the heroics against Tipp last Saturday night.
Like many I find it hard to split the sides and believe home advantage may be the deciding factor. SLIGO BY ONE.