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Another great game ahead

Mayo moving very well indeed and look very sharp at this time of year. It'll be interesting to see if Mayo try and set down a marker here and go full throttle. Good to see Mayo back in form and under Horan they are a different animal.

Dublin will take a lot from the defeat against Kerry and I've no doubt that game will bring them on. Hopefully we'll continue to see the panel and new lads get game time while resting and slowly reintroducing others. I'd like to Jack McCaffrey start and tweak a couple of things.

It's a big game in terms of league position and a win here may possibly give Dublin hope of reaching the final with both Kerry and Mayo yet to play each other.

Has the makings of a good game and one I'm looking forward to attending, Mayo will bring a big crowd and the loss to Kerry will make the Dublin support hungry to see a good win in response

I'd expect to see 25-35k in attendance

Dubs are playing catch-up but the Kerry game will bring them on in leaps and bounds. Mayo will need to be at their best to beat Dublin in Croke Park.

Hard one to call..

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 19530 - 10/02/2019 14:25:41    2163993

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These league games early season often come down to who wants it more. Given that Mayo are realistically safe now and Dublin are battling relegation, I'd fancy the home side to take the points ;)

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1667 - 10/02/2019 15:24:33    2164027

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Dublin by a couple, home advantage and the need for 2 points should be enough.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 6380 - 10/02/2019 16:06:10    2164057

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reckon mayo will win.

just beat roscommon and cavan and stay up and the league will have been good enough.

waynoI (Dublin) - Posts: 13486 - 10/02/2019 18:36:16    2164175

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Mayo have beaten the two promoted teams and Tyrone who are winless but then again Mayo are "the only team to ever put it up to Dublin" so finally they should win by 16 points..

Belclare1 (Galway) - Posts: 1626 - 10/02/2019 19:06:40    2164196

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Mayo have beaten the two promoted teams and Tyrone who are winless but then again Mayo are "the only team to ever put it up to Dublin" so finally they should win by 16 points..

Belclare1 (Galway) - Posts: 1626 - 10/02/2019 19:15:24    2164204

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expect Dublin to give Mayo a good hiding and break their spirit for later in the year if they meet again

culmore (None) - Posts: 1349 - 10/02/2019 19:18:11    2164211

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Dublin to be beaten for a third time in the league? Don't think so.

I know the media have already named this years AI finalists (though Kerry may have just thrown a spanner in that narrative), but apologies for not hold my breath.

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2705 - 10/02/2019 19:40:38    2164230

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Should be another decent game, one Dublin could do with winning but I expect it to be close either way.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7615 - 10/02/2019 20:14:21    2164243

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Replying To Belclare1:  "Mayo have beaten the two promoted teams and Tyrone who are winless but then again Mayo are "the only team to ever put it up to Dublin" so finally they should win by 16 points.."
just like Galway they always give dublin no trouble

mayo_123 (Mayo) - Posts: 178 - 10/02/2019 21:04:16    2164276

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Mayo will want to win this and will come with all guns blazing. Dublin still finding their feet and will have progressed big time after Tralee. I think it'll be another down to the wire game and hope we can sneak it.
Should be a good one.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2004 - 11/02/2019 09:06:35    2164389

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Huge improvement needed by Mayo over the Cavan performance as the Dubs will punish any sloppiness ruthlessly. Dubs looked very resilient against Kerry and should have snatched the draw. With two more weeks of work behind them come the game, we can expect a well oiled machine to be facing Mayo. JH will look to continue to use the younger players who'll benefit more from learning how to handle the occasion than getting a result. On that basis I'd be thinking the Dubs will pull away to win by 5 or 6, but hopefully no more than that.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1981 - 11/02/2019 10:07:27    2164420

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Don't worry Belclare and Galway fans...I can't see Dublin loosing this in Croke Park. Mayo will be happy to have almost secured div 1 status for a 23rd year in a row.

I'd almost call it a free game for us, throw the young lads in again and see how they get on. Horan will go for a blend of experience and youth.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9821 - 11/02/2019 10:33:38    2164434

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Don't worry Belclare and Galway fans...I can't see Dublin loosing this in Croke Park. Mayo will be happy to have almost secured div 1 status for a 23rd year in a row.

I'd almost call it a free game for us, throw the young lads in again and see how they get on. Horan will go for a blend of experience and youth."
No such thing Horan will be mad to win this game , Mayo are sick of losing to Dublin Horan will want to change that asap.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9862 - 11/02/2019 10:46:12    2164443

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "No such thing Horan will be mad to win this game , Mayo are sick of losing to Dublin Horan will want to change that asap."
Mayo are damned if they do to be honest. If they win people will say it's only the league and won't matter come September. If they lose it will be typical Mayo and an over reaction the other way.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 6380 - 11/02/2019 11:25:38    2164461

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Replying To TheFlaker:  "Mayo are damned if they do to be honest. If they win people will say it's only the league and won't matter come September. If they lose it will be typical Mayo and an over reaction the other way."
Horan doesn't care about that talk, that's for supporters to worry about he's only interested in winning football matches and his next game is the big one for them Dublin in CP.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9862 - 11/02/2019 11:44:56    2164469

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I think James Horan & Mayo will be very foolish if they dont go out to win this game. Yes with 6 pts already on the table there main goal of safety is achieved barring a miracle (Cork were relegated with 6 pts in 2016 but I dont see Mayo suffering the same fate) and of course Horan main goal will be now to continue blood new players to build squad depth for the Championship. However given their excellent start, the mind set has to alter now as there is a golden opportunity Mayo now to reach the Final and possibly win a National Final in Croke Park. They should must approach this game knowing we win and that's Dublin out of the picture for the Final. Now only that but it would a huge boost too for the Mayo player to beat Dublin and especially in Croke Park. Mayo haven't beaten Dublin in League/Championship since the AI Semi-Final in 2012 - that 13 game in total so they will most certainly feell they are due a win. Any time you got the chance to beat the Dubs you have to grab with both hands regardless of the time of year as both Monaghan and Kerry have done.

The second reason I think Mayo should go all out for the win is a another defeat for Dublin and suddenly a few questions are going to asked of the Dubs and just maybe a bit of doubt could start to creep. I know its only February and the League but for the first time under Jim Galvin will have lost back-back games and 3 games in 4. Dublin will definitely be in a relegation battle then although you would still very much expect to stay up but who knows as Roscommon away wont be as easy as recent meetings vs the Rossies (confident among the Rossies will be buzzing if they get 2 pts vs Cavan) and Tyrone at Croker is banana skin (good chance Tyrone will have 5 pts by then). I know the League is not a major priority for Dublin this year but lets all honest we still excepted to be in top 3 at the very least (I say the players and management did too) and losing 3 of their first 4 games definitely was not on the agenda.

GerBo (Roscommon) - Posts: 10 - 11/02/2019 12:24:47    2164494

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Replying To GerBo:  "I think James Horan & Mayo will be very foolish if they dont go out to win this game. Yes with 6 pts already on the table there main goal of safety is achieved barring a miracle (Cork were relegated with 6 pts in 2016 but I dont see Mayo suffering the same fate) and of course Horan main goal will be now to continue blood new players to build squad depth for the Championship. However given their excellent start, the mind set has to alter now as there is a golden opportunity Mayo now to reach the Final and possibly win a National Final in Croke Park. They should must approach this game knowing we win and that's Dublin out of the picture for the Final. Now only that but it would a huge boost too for the Mayo player to beat Dublin and especially in Croke Park. Mayo haven't beaten Dublin in League/Championship since the AI Semi-Final in 2012 - that 13 game in total so they will most certainly feell they are due a win. Any time you got the chance to beat the Dubs you have to grab with both hands regardless of the time of year as both Monaghan and Kerry have done.

The second reason I think Mayo should go all out for the win is a another defeat for Dublin and suddenly a few questions are going to asked of the Dubs and just maybe a bit of doubt could start to creep. I know its only February and the League but for the first time under Jim Galvin will have lost back-back games and 3 games in 4. Dublin will definitely be in a relegation battle then although you would still very much expect to stay up but who knows as Roscommon away wont be as easy as recent meetings vs the Rossies (confident among the Rossies will be buzzing if they get 2 pts vs Cavan) and Tyrone at Croker is banana skin (good chance Tyrone will have 5 pts by then). I know the League is not a major priority for Dublin this year but lets all honest we still excepted to be in top 3 at the very least (I say the players and management did too) and losing 3 of their first 4 games definitely was not on the agenda."
Surely there will be 40k+ at this? Home advantage in Croker is worth 5+ to Dublin so I'd say a narrow victory for the Dubs. Although Mayo I believe are in better form then Kerry so they'll have a chance.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2784 - 11/02/2019 13:06:59    2164511

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Don't worry Belclare and Galway fans...I can't see Dublin loosing this in Croke Park. Mayo will be happy to have almost secured div 1 status for a 23rd year in a row.

I'd almost call it a free game for us, throw the young lads in again and see how they get on. Horan will go for a blend of experience and youth."
23 years in a row? Some achievement! It's embarrassing from a Galway perspective to admit that in that same timeframe all we've managed to do is bring Sam west twice.

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2705 - 11/02/2019 14:19:05    2164555

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Replying To GerBo:  "I think James Horan & Mayo will be very foolish if they dont go out to win this game. Yes with 6 pts already on the table there main goal of safety is achieved barring a miracle (Cork were relegated with 6 pts in 2016 but I dont see Mayo suffering the same fate) and of course Horan main goal will be now to continue blood new players to build squad depth for the Championship. However given their excellent start, the mind set has to alter now as there is a golden opportunity Mayo now to reach the Final and possibly win a National Final in Croke Park. They should must approach this game knowing we win and that's Dublin out of the picture for the Final. Now only that but it would a huge boost too for the Mayo player to beat Dublin and especially in Croke Park. Mayo haven't beaten Dublin in League/Championship since the AI Semi-Final in 2012 - that 13 game in total so they will most certainly feell they are due a win. Any time you got the chance to beat the Dubs you have to grab with both hands regardless of the time of year as both Monaghan and Kerry have done.

The second reason I think Mayo should go all out for the win is a another defeat for Dublin and suddenly a few questions are going to asked of the Dubs and just maybe a bit of doubt could start to creep. I know its only February and the League but for the first time under Jim Galvin will have lost back-back games and 3 games in 4. Dublin will definitely be in a relegation battle then although you would still very much expect to stay up but who knows as Roscommon away wont be as easy as recent meetings vs the Rossies (confident among the Rossies will be buzzing if they get 2 pts vs Cavan) and Tyrone at Croker is banana skin (good chance Tyrone will have 5 pts by then). I know the League is not a major priority for Dublin this year but lets all honest we still excepted to be in top 3 at the very least (I say the players and management did too) and losing 3 of their first 4 games definitely was not on the agenda."
The Dubs are on the slide Gerbo, like England were on the slide in the rugby last year! The most serious defeat they suffered in recent times was in the league final a couple of years back and it turned out to say very little about either them or Kerry come the championship. Only true positive I can see in terms of what Mayo are doing this year is that it's easier to bring new players into a buoyant setup rather than one looking over its shoulder... they pick up the confidence that goes with it and can express themselves a bit. I definitely think Mayo will be trying to win in a couple of week's time, but only within the context of developing the squad. If they manage a result fair dues to them. There's a chance that JG will want to clip the green shoots, but we can only see how that pans out... it just adds to the interest.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1981 - 11/02/2019 14:41:45    2164562

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