For those of you still wondering if today is Monday or Friday (and, to be sure, there a bit of both about the day today) the fact that it’s weekend prediction time should help to clear up any confusion you might still have. There’s a full slate of matches again this weekend and your facetheball mini-league predictions need to be done sooner rather than later (going on previous experience I’d say the deadline is midday tomorrow but it’s probably safer to get them sorted today). The Setanta match tomorrow night is the meeting of Down and Monaghan and so you if you want to put yourself in the hunt for a year’s sub via satellite to Setanta Sports or, indeed, the weekly prize of a copy of Breandán Ó hEithir’s Over the Bar then you need to email me with your guess as to what the exact score of that game will be, and also your predicted score for the Derry Donegal clash which will be used, if necessary, as a tie-break.
We’re set to name our team for Croke Park after training tonight but the Dubs have already announced their line-up and here it is:
Dublin (NFL Division One v Mayo, 20/3/2011): Michael Savage; Darren Daly, Sean Murray, Paul Brogan; Paul Casey, Ger Brennan, Darragh Nelson; Denis Bastick, Barry Cahill; Paul Flynn, Kevin McManamon, Michael Dara MacAuley; Tomas Quinn, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan.
Pat Gilroy does the minimum amount of tinkering to his side, with two of the three changes from their last outing – Paul Brogan and Darragh Nelson for Ross O’Carroll and Declan Lally respectively – being due to injuries. The other sees Vinnie’s Michael Savage get a turn between the sticks in place of Stephen Cluxton. I had assumed that Bernard Brogan would miss out on this one, what with his gallivanting off to the White House and all that but, having persuaded Barack to visit here in May, he obviously feels he’ll have enough left in the tank to face our lads once he gets back from DC at some stage tomorrow.
Looking at that Dublin team, it’s inexperienced and experimental enough up to and including midfield (although MacAuley, named at wing-forward, will obviously spend the afternoon in the middle) but it has plenty of seasoned campaigners in the forwards. I’d say we’ll have a chance against that backline but likewise I’d say their forwards will have a better than even opportunity of doing serious damage at our end.
Finally, if you’re planning to go to the Club Mayo Dublin pre-match lunch in Croke Park (I can’t make it, I’m afraid, I have the kids with me and we’ve other commitments in the morning which will mean we’ll be doing well to be in our seats before the match gets underway), details on tickets and so forth for the event (throw-in for which is midday sharp) are available here.