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Mickey Harte's Louth look for another Leinster scalp

After beating Meath last week, Mickey Harte's Louth have their sights on another Leinster scalp when Kildare visit Ardee on Sunday
Shaun Casey

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE ROUND FIVE

SATURDAY

DIVSION ONE

Armagh v Donegal (the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds, 7.30pm, live on TG4)

Odds: H: 4/11 D: 15/2 A:11/4

Verdict: Armagh

DIVSION TWO

Derry v Dublin (Celtic Park, 5pm, live on RTÉ2)

Odds: H: 2/3 D: 15/2 A: 3/2

Verdict: Derry

DIVSION FOUR

Laois v Waterford (Laois Hire O’Moore Park Portlaoise, 6pm)

LAOIS suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, but this is the perfect game to get back on track. They host bottom-of-the-table Waterford and it’s likely to be all one-way traffic.

Odds: H: 1/20 D: 20/1 A: 9/1

Verdict: Laois

SUNDAY

DIVSION ONE

Tyrone v Kerry (O’Neills Healy Park, 12.45pm, live on TG4)

Odds: H: 9/4 D: 15/2 A: 4/9

Verdict: Kerry

Galway v Monaghan (Pearse Stadium, 12.45pm, live on TG4 App: deferred coverage on TG4)

Odds: H:4/9 D: 15/2 A 9/4

Verdict: Galway

Roscommon v Mayo (Dr Hyde Park, 2.45pm, live on TG4)

Odds: H: 2/1 D:15/2 A:1/2

Verdict: Mayo

DIVSION TWO (2pm)

Limerick v Meath (the TUS Gaelic Grounds)

LIMERICK are the whipping boys of the second tier at the minute as they currently sit at the foot of the table with zero points from four games. Meath, on the other hand, have been a mixed bag. After eye-catching wins over Cork and Clare, the wheels have come off slightly for Colm O’Rourke’s side in recent weeks following back-to-back defeats to Derry (by 11 points) and Louth (three points), so this is the game where they can get back on track and fend off any fears of being hauled into a relegation battle.

Odds: H:10/3 D: 8/1 A: 2/7

Verdict: Meath

Louth v Kildare (Ardee)

WHEN it comes to League form, Kildare have completely fallen away following a decent opening round when, despite defeat to Dublin, they came away with a few brownie points for their performance. And although they rallied to squeeze out a one-point win over Clare in round three, that was sandwiched by humiliating home defeats to Cork and Derry. Louth have been building nicely, coming off the back of two wins on the trot, and while they’ll not trouble the promotion shake-up, solidifying their place in the division will be the goal and they may just do that with a victory on Sunday.

Odds: H: 6/5 D: 13/2 A: 10/11

Verdict: Louth

Clare v Cork (Cusack Park)

CORK sit on four points with two wins and two losses, but even in defeat they have shown signs that they are on the rise. Meath hit them for four goals in the opening round, while Dublin’s know-how and experience proved superior in round three, but across all the games, Cork have been impressive.

Clare are coming into this game in poor form but like Cork, even in defeat they’ve been able to hold their own in this division. They should have got something out of the Dublin game last weekend but endured a heart-breaking one-point loss in Croke Park. It’s a really hard one to call, but Cork may just edge it.

Odds: H:5/2 D: 15/2 A: 2/5

Verdict: Cork

DIVSION THREE (2pm unless stated)

Fermanagh v Tipperary (Ederney, 1pm)

Odds: H: 1/4 D: 9/1 A: 7/2

Verdict: Fermanagh

Longford v Offaly (Glennon Bros Pearse Park, 2pm)

LONGFORD gathered their first point of the season last weekend, drawing with Tipperary, but they’ll need a huge upturn in fortunes if they are to avoid the dreaded drop to Division Four. Other than that, they’ve been losing fairly heavily, with an average losing margin of 12 points from their opening three rounds.

Offaly started brilliantly, defeating Antrim and Fermanagh, but have suffered back-to-back beatings to promotion-pushers Westmeath and Cavan and Liam Kearns’s men will see this as the perfect opportunity to bounce back and get another two points on the board.

Odds: H: 9/4 D: 15/2 A: 4/9

Verdict: Offaly

Westmeath v Antrim (TEG Cusack Park, 2pm)

Odds: H: 4/11 D: 15/2 A: 11/4

Verdict: Westmeath

Cavan v Down (Kingspan Breffni, 2pm, live on BBC iPlayer)

Odds: H:1/2 D: 15/2 A: 2/1

Verdict: Cavan

DIVSION FOUR

London v Carlow (Ruislip, 1pm)

Ruislip is never an easy place to go, especially coming off the back of consecutive defeats as Carlow are. London have just one point on the board and have lost both of their home games so far, against Leitrim and Sligo, but will hope to turn that around on Sunday.

Odds: H:5/4 D: 7/1 A: 5/6

Verdict: London

Wicklow v Leitrim (Aughrim, 1.30pm)

THIS has the potential to be one of the games of the weekend as both sides are well and truly in the promotion shake-up.

Wicklow caught the eye with a huge win over Laois last week and Aughrim is a notoriously difficult place to go so Oisin McConville’s men may just have the edge.

Odds: H: 5/4 D: 7/1 A: 5.6

Verdict: Wicklow

Sligo v Wexford (Markievicz Park, 2pm)

SLIGO are joint with Leitrim and Laois in a three-way tie at the top of the table with six points, with Wexford and Wicklow in behind on five. It literally couldn’t be tighter, so a win here is massive for both teams who are eyeing up promotion.

Odds: H: 4/9 D: 15/2 A: 9/4

Verdict: Sligo