SATURDAY

Westmeath v Laois, O'Connor Park, 5pm

Wexford put Laois to the pin of their collar in round one, I think that game will stand to them. Westmeath ended up in mid-table of Division 3 and lost James Dolan to the US.

I think Laois will improve and I'll go with them.

Verdict: Laois

Leitrim v Roscommon, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 5.30pm

Leitrim deserve credit for winning a match they looked like losing in New York but Roscommon have eyes on winning Connacht and maybe more than that and that’s the key thing here.

Kevin McStay’s team won the Division 2 final, they now have five changes – among them Enda Smith and Cathal Cregg are back. I can’t see Roscommon losing this.

Verdict: Roscommon

Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, 7pm

This is possibly the game of the weekend. It’s the third time in three years they’ve met and it’s 1-1 so far. There’s a lot at stake: whoever wins goes to a provincial final, which makes making the Super 8s a lot easier.

Tipperary have been treated unfairly, having to play twice in seven days. No other team is being asked to do it. Conor Sweeney, Stephen O’Brien are possibly out, no Paul Kerrigan, no Sean Powter.

If Mark Collins, Colm O’Neill and Luke Connolly perform for Cork I’ll go for them.

Verdict: Cork

Down v Antrim, Páirc Esler, 7pm

Down performed poorly in the league, yet again.

They see themselves as a team that can perform in the Championship. Last year they beat Armagh, beat Monaghan before they lost the Ulster final. I don't think Antrim have the quality to test Down.

Verdict: Down

SUNDAY

Kildare v Carlow,  O'Connor Park, 2pm

This is a potential banana skin for Kildare. Carlow, with their style of play, can make things awkward for any team, like they showed against Dublin last year.

Brendan Murphy has left Carlow which is a huge loss. Kildare are going into the Chamionship with zero confidence.

They have had no win this year. They do have the quality in Cribbin, Feely, Flynn. I think they will come through but have no confidence right now and it's a huge game for them.

Verdict: Kildare

Longford v Meath, Pearse Park, 3pm

Andy McEntee's Meath barely hung on to Division 2 status and it's 12 years since they've played higher than that. It has been a hard fall for them. It's a very hard game to call.

Longford are going to give a huge performance - I know that. I very hesistantly give Meath the nod here. It's a very hard game to call.

Verdict: Meath

Wicklow v Dublin, O'Moore Park, 4pm

The All-Ireland champions kick off for the four in a row. They will beat Wicklow but what an occasion it is for them.

They were stuck to the bottom of Division 4 without a win, yet they have now beaten Offaly and are taking on the All-Ireland champions.

It's a pity it's not in Aughrim and it's in Portlaoise. It would have done wonders for the game in Wicklow. 

Verdict: Dublin

Derry v Donegal, Celtic Park, 4pm

Derry are in freefall right now, successive relegations all the way from Division 1 to Division 4

I don’t expect them to beat Donegal. They’ve had a good start over Cavan, a comprehensive win.

Even with the all the losses they’ve a lot of serious young talent. For Declan Bonner it’s another chance to galvanise his style of play and I think Donegal will come through here.

Verdict: Donegal

Tomás Ó Sé was speaking to RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland

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