Saturday 24 February
Mayo v Dublin, 5.00pm, Elvery’s MacHale Park
The weekend gets off to a cracking start with the meeting of Mayo and Dublin, a fixture that will be televised Live on eir sport.
Dublin are three from three in Division 1 this year but Mayo have been motoring nicely too, and the green and red have collected two wins from their three games.
The only blip so far was defeat to Kerry but Peter Leahy’s charges hit back last time out with an impressive victory against a fancied Galway outfit at Pearse Stadium in Salthill.
It’s the first time that the Mayo ladies will have the chance to appear on a Castlebar double-bill alongside their male counterparts and they certainly won’t lack for motivation.
An added factor to throw into the mix is the fact that this is the first time the counties have clashed since last September’s memorable TG4 All-Ireland senior final, when the Sky Blues came with a strong final quarter to claim victory.
Dublin have never won a Division 1 title but they appear to have their sights set on glory this year.
Their 100% record will come under threat from the fired-up hosts, however, and a titanic battle lies in store.
Sunday 25 February
Monaghan v Donegal, 2.00pm, Clones
An intriguing Ulster derby in Clones sees Monaghan host a Donegal side sitting in the top four ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, on scoring difference.
Donegal blitzed Westmeath in last weekend’s rearranged fixture and seem to be finding their feet now under the guidance of Maxi Curran.
But Monaghan earned their first points of the campaign with a merited victory over Kerry in Dublin last weekend - and they’ll fancy their chances of a second win on the spin.
These two counties know plenty about each other from Ulster fare but Donegal boast the strongest scoring difference in the top flight and with Yvonne Bonner in top form, they’ll feel confident of making it two wins from four outings.
On the flipside, a Monaghan victory would have them looking up the table, rather than over their shoulders.
Cork v Westmeath, 2.00pm, Mallow, Cork
Cork are the reigning NFL Division 1 champions and while they were beaten by Dublin at Croke Park last time out, the Leesiders showed enough to suggest that they will be a force for the long haul in 2018.
In that fixture, Ephie Fitzgerald’s charges gave themselves too much to do but he’ll have been pleased with a fightback that fell narrowly short.
Cork have been hoovering up titles at underage level in recent years and it will be interesting to see if that can transfer to senior level quickly, or if there’s a transitional period in store.
It’s been a tough slog for Westmeath in the top flight to date, with three defeats from their three matches.
They were competitive in games against Mayo and Dublin but leaking 9-17 to Donegal last weekend is a concern for the basement side.
Kerry v Galway, 2.00pm, Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
If results transpire against them over the weekend, one of these sides could lose ground in the race for a top-four finish.
Galway and Kerry occupy slots five and six respectively in the divisional standings and this is an opportunity to push firmly into the race for semi-final positions.
Kerry have suffered defeats to Cork and Monaghan but in between, there was an encouraging victory over Mayo.
Galway, meanwhile, have lost just once in three games but it was a painful Connacht derby reverse against Mayo in Salthill in their last outing.
Two teams with semi-final ambitions lock horns here and the result of this one will have a big bearing on the final divisional standings.
Cavan v Tipperary, 2.00pm, Maghera MacFinn’s Park, Virginia, Cavan
The top two in Division 2 go head to head, with Tipperary making another long trip north in search of more points.
The Premier County are protecting a 100 per cent record to date in Division 2, and have adapted to life in the second tier remarkably well following last year’s promotion.
Cavan, like Tipperary, are also unbeaten in Division 2 and they’ve only dropped points against Armagh.
A home win would send Cavan to the top of the table and that’s a big incentive for James Daly’s hosts.
Waterford v Sligo, 2.00pm, WIT, Waterford
Waterford are one of two teams on six points, alongside Tyrone, and a home fixture with bottom of the table Sligo gives the Déise a chance to continue on a positive trajectory.
Sligo are bottom on points difference and while they were competitive in their opening fixture against Clare, the Yeats County have conceded big totals against Tyrone and Armagh since then.
Armagh’s early blitz ended last Sunday’s fixture as a contest and Waterford will be looking for a fast start to assert some early dominance.
Laois v Clare, 2.00pm, Stradbally, Laois
Laois could also do with points to kick-start their campaign - and they welcome Clare to Stradbally on Sunday.
Laois could argue that they have three tough tests out of the way in Cavan, Tipperary and Waterford but in a division that also contains Armagh and Tyrone, it won’t get much easier for them.
Since beating Sligo on the opening day, Clare have lost to Waterford and Cavan but a victory here could yet see them make a push for the top four.
It’s a big game with potential implications at both ends of the table, as a Laois win would move them level on points with Sunday’s visitors.
Armagh v Tyrone, 12.00pm, Athletic Grounds, Armagh
This could be one of the games of the weekend as Ulster sides Armagh and Tyrone lock horns at the Athletic Grounds.
Tyrone have lost just one of their three opening games - against Tipperary last weekend - while Armagh racked up 7-20 against Sligo last Sunday.
Armagh are very much in the frame for one of the coveted top four slots and a home win would see them cement that status.
But Tyrone will travel with confidence and not much, if anything, will separate these two sides at full-time.
Full List of Round 4 Fixtures:
SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY
17.00 Mayo v Dublin, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar
SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY
14.00 Monaghan v Donegal, Clones
14.00 Cork v Westmeath, Mallow
14.00 Kerry v Galway, Fitzgerald Stadium
12.00 Armagh v Tyrone, Athletic Grounds
14.00 Cavan v Tipperary, Mac Finn Park
14.00 Waterford v Sligo, WIT Sports Campus
14.00 Laois v Clare, Stradbally
13.00 Meath v Leitrim, Dunganny
14.00 Down v Offaly, Abbey Grammar School
14.00 Kildare v Longford, Hawkfield
14.30 Wexford v Roscommon, St Patrick's School
14.00 Derry v Louth, St Treas PS Ballymaguigan
14.00 Fermanagh v Carlow, Derrygonnelly
14.00 Kilkenny v Limerick, Dunmore