Donegal are the last county to enter the Ulster championship fray when they take on Fermanagh in Ballybofey on Sunday next.
The bookies have them as favourites to book a date with Monaghan in the provincial semi-final on 25 June, though midfielder Hugh McFadden is expecting a stern challenge from the Ernesiders.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "Fermanagh are a good side, have quality forwards, great endeavour and there is a good team togetherness about them. It's something that will be tough for us to overcome on Sunday.
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher is pleased with the way preparations have gone.
"We feel we have prepared really well since the league. This is a game we've been looking forward to since the league began.
"We took a fairly laid back approach to the league and we were glad to survive in Division 1. The championship is here now and it's the big event."