This is basically a knock-out game for both sides. The loser will almost certainly exit the championship, while the winner will have a chance of reaching an All-Ireland semi-final. The game throws in at 2 pm and is live on RTE, if you can’t get near a television we will be bringing you live score updates of the game.
Mayo will travel to Croke Park knowing nothing but a win will suffice if they are to have any ambitions of reaching a semi-final. They were very poor against Kerry last weekend, they lacked a real leader and lacked the quality. They were completely outplayed by the Kingdom. Before that, though they had a good run in the qualifiers beating Down, Armagh and Galway. James Horan will be looking for some of his experienced players to step up to the plate. David Clarke struggled with the kick-out at times so that will need to be improved here. In defence, Mayo will need players like Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett and Donal Vaughan back to their best. Aidan O’Shea was virtually anonymous against Kerry so he will need to come into the game more also. Cillian O’Connor, Darren Coen and Kevin McLoughlin will look to have big games in the attack.
Andy McEntee’s Meath pushed Donegal all the way but Donegal upped the ante in the final 10 minutes and brushed the Royals aside. They will need to rack up a big score here in my opinion if they are to overcome Mayo as well. Andy McEntee will look to players like Conor McGill, Donal Keogan and Padraic Harnan. In midfield, Bryan Menton and Shane McEntee will likely continue their partnership. Michael Newman, James Conlon, and Cillian O’Sullivan will be the main men in attack once more.