The guys from our Super8s Podcast have given their predictions for this weekend’s championship fixtures.
Starting with football and the Connacht Championship quarter-final clash in Castlebar between Mayo and Galway. The Tribesmen are going for their third championship win in a row over their great rivals and former Roscommon keeper Shane Curran and former Westmeath footballer Doran Harte both believe Mayo will come out on top and set up a semi-final meeting with Sligo.
In the Ulster Championship Curran and Harte have both tipped Donegal to keep their 8 year unbeaten run in Ballybofey intact when they take on Cavan on Sunday. The two sides had differing league campaigns with Donegal relegated to Division 2 and Cavan promoted to Division 1 but Donegal get the nod for what should be a tight game.
There are three Leinster Championship ties this weekend. Division 4 champions Laois have got the nod from both guys to overcome their neighbours Wexford on Saturday evening. Curran believes Carlow who got promoted from Division 4 will defeat Louth, who were relegated from Division 2 when the sides meet in Drogheda on Sunday while Harte feels the game will end in a draw. Also on Sunday Offaly take on Wicklow with Curran tipping Wicklow and Harte fancying Offaly.
In the Leinster Hurling Championship Curran predicts that Division 1A Champions Kilkenny will get the better of Pat Gilroy’s Dublin when the two sides clash in Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.
There are also plenty of games in the various hurling championships this weekend with Sean Og O’hAilpin giving his forecasts on them. On Saturday Antrim take on Carlow in the Joe McDonagh Cup and the former Cork hurler had tipped the home side to win that game. In the Christy Ring Cup he has given the nod to Wicklow in their game with Mayo, Kildare to beat Roscommon, London to win away to Derry and Down to overcome Armagh.
In the Nicky Rackard Cup O’hAilpin predicted away wins for Warwickshire over Louth, Longford over Monaghan and Donegal against Tyrone.
The Corkman believes Westmeath will overcome neighbours Meath in their Joe McDonagh Cup clash on Sunday and for Kerry to defeat Laois.
Don’t forget to listen to the Super8s Podcast. Episode 2 will be out on Tuesday morning.