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Oppurtunity for the big guns to fire a warning in this 2/1 shot says Colm O’Rourke

The Rebels, The Royals and The Red Hand to come through tests in Round One.

by David Kent | January 30, 2016

The Allianz Leagues have taken a good bit of criticism over the years. Whether it’s about fixtures congestion with the college competition, about how serious teams like Dublin and Kerry take it, or if the Championship should be re-structured based on the league standings. But I love it, because it’s the first major opportunity for silverware for every county.

My Sunday bet is Cork, Tyrone and Derry in a treble which is evens.

Division One

Cork vs Mayo – Pairc Ui Rinn- Sunday 2pm (Live on TG4)

Mayo are very much under strength. This is a great opportunity for Cork. They won the McGrath Cup in pre-season, and at are the team to back in this one. I’d be expecting both of these sides to be fighting for the division at the end of the campaign.

Roscommon vs Monaghan – Sunday 2pm

This is the closest in terms of betting odds. Monaghan are probably the team that’s gotten the most out of the league in the last five years and have been consistent over that period. Roscommon on the other hand are up from Division Two, and are relatively untested at this level. An away win at.

Division Two

Laois vs Galway – Portlaoise – Sunday 2pm

Laois have struggled over the last few years, while Galway shouldn’t even be in this division anymore. They were all set to be promoted and then messed it up last season, but I’d be looking at them to start a promotion charge with a strong win over Laois at

Derry vs Fermanagh – Celtic Park -Sunday 2:15pm

Bank Of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Round 1, Owenbeg, Co. Derry 3/1/2016 Derry vs Antrim Derry manager Damien Barton speaks to his players Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

Fermanagh are on the rise in Ulster, showing great signs of progression, but I think it’ll just be too early for them this season. Derry have a good league record, were relegated last year but are looking to bounce straight back up. Back them at

Meath vs Armagh – Navan- Sunday 2pm

Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Final, Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Meath 24/1/2016 Meath vs Longford Meath's Donal Keogan lifts the cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Mick O’Dowd grabbed his first trophy as Meath manager with the O’Byrne Cup. They’re odds on, but I don’t know if that’s a proper bet to take. Certainly a Meath win at , maybe look at Andrew Tormey at for first goalscorer.

Tyrone vs Cavan – Omagh – Sunday 2pm

Tyrone are very short odds, and they will win this one. They’re odds on favourites to win it outright and I’m backing either them or Derry to do it. Peter Harte anytime goalscorer at is the bet to take

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