Canavan tips Kerry for Sam

October 30, 2020

Darragh O'Se and Peter Canavan.
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Tyrone great Peter Canavan has predicted Kerry to lift the Sam Maguire Cup this winter ahead of the 2020 All-Ireland senior football championship’s start tomorrow.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Canavan said that the Kingdom are “like a team on a mission” at the moment and also feels that Dublin aren’t in the same rich form as their great rivals heading into this winter’s championship.

"I think physically, psychologically, they are in a much better position than they were this time last year," said the Tyrone native.

"Bear in mind, they very nearly won it last year. So in terms of improvement, you only had to look at the last couple of games. Seán O'Shea, David Clifford has really filled out in terms of physicality. We know all about his skill-set and about how he can perform on the big day. Crucially, it was one word Kieran (Donaghy) used when he was talking about Kerry, he said they have an understanding.

"The championship is going to be done and dusted in six weeks. It doesn't give teams much time to get up and playing well together. Kerry already are. They are in sync. They know what they are about. They are like a team on a mission.

"Dublin on the other hand, we have seen them in previous years, not playing overly well in the league, but they had weeks, maybe months, to get ready for the championship, time their run. That's not the case now, it's completely different; they need to be up to speed very soon.

"This could be the year. It's a strange year in a lot of ways. So I fancy Kerry to win it."

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