Mayo, forever the bridesmaids, return to Croke Park next Sunday desperate to finally end their long wait for an All-Ireland SFC title. But can they get past the Dubs?

The reigning champions went to the well for the first time this summer to edge past Kerry in the semi-final, while Mayo had too much for plucky Tipperary in their last-four clash.

It set up a repeat of the 2013 decider as Stephen Rochford's men look to end a drought that stretches all the way back to 1951.

Can they do it? The Sunday Game panel of former Mayo forward Billy Joe Padden, Ciarán Whelan and Tomás Ó Sé looked ahead to next Sunday's showpiece, and all agreed that the underdogs could well have their day.

"Mayo haven't impressed in a lot of their games, they were pretty good against Tyrone. But the one thing you'd say about Mayo is that they've a lot of experience," assessed Padden.

They are inspired by the challenge Dublin pose. Some other team you might think are probably beaten before they go out - Billy Joe Padden

"I think that they have the sort of characters and leaders in the team that they'll be able to rise to the challenge.

"They are inspired by the challenge Dublin pose. Some other teams you might think they are probably beaten before they go out."

Whelan agreed that Mayo have the tools to cause Jim Gavin's reigning champions problems.

"History shows they'll always put it up to Dublin," he said. "Dublin are the form team. Based on form they look to be a few points ahead of Mayo but it's foolish to write off the Mayo challenge.

"If you go back to last year and you look at the two games last year (the semi-final and subsequent replay), Mayo matched them all the way in both games.

When teams run at Dublin it does throw up a few chinks - Tomás Ó Sé

"They have the ingredients to match Dublin in terms of pace and power. That bit of quality might be lacking in one or two forwards but they've shown they can match Dublin in the past."

Ó Sé was impressed with the Dubs against his native Kingdom, but he also feels Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men exposed some possible weak links last time out.

"When teams run at Dublin it does throw up a few chinks," said Ó Sé.

"They're strong all over the field, they're a physical team, everything Kerry threw at Dublin they had answers for.

"But Mayo keep coming back and they'll still have a chance. At the start of the year I would have ranked Kerry, Dublin and Mayo as the top three teams in the country and that's the way it's after falling out.

"For once a lot of people in Mayo are quiet, the build-up is quiet, so there could be something in that. I think it will be a physical game."