Donegal star Ryan McHugh sees Sunday’s clash against Tyrone as a must-win game if the Tir Chonaill men are to retain their Division 1 status.
The Allianz Leagues resume this weekend after a seven-month lay-off and its set to be the first of two meetings in three weeks between the Ulster champions and the Red Hands, with the two sides pencilled in for a provincial quarter-final in Ballybofey on November 1st.
Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, McHugh expects Donegal to field their strongest 15 for this Sunday’s showdown at MacCumhaill Park (throw-in 4pm).
"It's nearly going to like (like the build-up to) a McKenna Cup match. You don't know what sort of team they are going to have on the pitch.
"To be dining at the top table year in year out, you need to be playing Division 1 Football. For us to be playing Division 1 football, we have to win this Sunday.
"First and foremost, our aim is to retain our Division 1 status.
"I can't speak for Declan (Bonner) but I would say we'll be playing our best team."Tweet