Okay, maybe it’s time to shift the focus away a bit from last Sunday and onto this coming Saturday where another Croke Park double-header is in prospect and where this year’s two semi-finalists on the other side of the draw should be revealed. Because these matches take place on Saturday the throw-in times are later than you’d get on a Sunday, with the Donegal-Armagh game throwing in at 4pm followed by Dublin and Monaghan at 6pm.
In past years when the quarter-finals used to be played on successive days over the Bank Holiday weekend, I’d generally have made it my business to get there both days to see for myself all the leading contenders for Sam. In many ways it was my favourite weekend’s football action but now, with the rejigged championship format, the quarters are spaced over two weekends so that two-day football fiesta is no more.
We’re away for the coming weekend and so, with the two matches live and exclusive on Sky (I’ve said very little about the Sky deal, quite possibly as I’ve been rendered speechless with indignation at the sheer awfulness and stupidity of it), I suppose I’ll have to find a licensed premises to follow some or all of the action.
The bookies are fairly clear about how these two matches are going to pan out, with Donegal priced at 1/4 to prevail over Armagh and the Dubs only on offer at 1/20 to account for Monaghan (Paddy Power odds here). But what do you think – who’ll come through from these two games? (For this poll, two answers are allowed).
Who'll come through this weekend's quarter-finals?
- Dublin (44%, 207 Votes)
- Donegal (38%, 180 Votes)
- Armagh (11%, 52 Votes)
- Monaghan (6%, 30 Votes)
Total Voters: 237