Meath are a dangerous team at the moment and put in a really strong performance in the Leinster Final despite losing to Dublin.
They’ve had two weeks to regroup since then and manager Mick O’Dowd has them working well as a group. They gave the Dubs a fright when leading at half time – but the challenge is to get ‘up’ for this game against the Red Hand.
It will be interesting to see how the Royals respond to a different type of challenge against Mickey Harte’s side. They won’t fear them as the Royals have betean Tyrone in their last two championship meetings.
Tyrone will have to contend with Joe Sheridan at full forward and Micheal Newman and Stephen Bray can cause them problems too.
But the Red Hand were the first side to beat Kildare in a qualifier when they won at Newbridge last weekend (1-11 to 0-12) and have the momentum.
If Meath give them the run of the place at Croker then they will take full advantage. Mickey Harte has said that his side will be in the All Ireland quarter finals this year and that was a big call for him to make.
Whatever about a QF appearance – I don’t think they’ll be lifting Sam this year as they are still a team in transition.
The Ulster side should win this game – but it will be close.
Tip: The value play for me is Meath at +3 on the handicap @ 8/11.