The countries basement division gets underway this weekend. The newly relegated Westmeath are favourites for the title while Leinster counterparts Wexford are well fancied to join them after narrowly missing out on promotion on the final round of matches last year.
ALL GAMES ARE SUNDAY 2pm UNLESS STATED
Waterford v London, Lemybrien (1pm)
The two teams expected to struggle in the division get the chance to gain early momentum in this early season contest. Waterford were a different side at home last term giving teams like Louth and Wexford their full of it before seriously struggling away from home. London’s only win last year was over the Dessie. Waterford by 2.
Westmeath v Carlow, TEG Cusack Park
Westmeath’s succession of relegation’s from division one to division four was completed last year following their demotion last year, a real fall from grace. They are heavy favourites who can be found at as short as 11/10 for the title, but will be tested by a tough, rugged Carlow outfit who caused real problems to everyone in 2016 emphasised by a strong fourth place finish. The Leinster men as expected should claim the victory and the all important two points. Westmeath by 5.
Wicklow v Leitrim, Joule Park Aughrim
Two sides who have been stuck in the realms of division four football and know nothing else. Wicklow pushed hard last year to a respectable fifth place finish only falling behind Carlow after losing the head to head. Leitrim found themselves finishing second bottom after a promising pre season. Wicklow are favourites and will be expected to claim the two points. Wicklow by 2.
Wexford v Limerick, Innovate Wexford Park
Wexford were just one point away from escaping the dungeons of division four and are favourites to go one better this year. The bookies rightfully see this as a close encounter against a Limerick side recently relegated from division three only gaining one point in the process. Wexford will be expected to advance especially with home advantage. Wexford by 3.