SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Allianz FL Division 1
Mayo v Dublin, MacHale Park, 7pm 
Kerry v Galway, Austin Stack Park, 7pm

Allianz FL Division 2
Laois v Armagh, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 6pm
Cavan v Westmeath, Kingspan Breffni, 7pm

Allianz FL Division 3
Down v Derry, Páirc Esler, 7pm

Allianz FL Division 4
Wexford v Carlow, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 2pm

SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Allianz FL Division 1
Monaghan v Tyrone, Castleblayney, 2pm
Meath v Donegal, Páirc Tailteann, 2.30pm

Allianz FL Division 2 
Clare v Kildare, Cusack Park, 2pm
Fermanagh v Roscommon, Brewster Park, 2pm

Allianz FL Division 3 
Leitrim v Cork, Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, 2pm
Louth v Tipperary, Gaelic Grounds, 2pm
Offaly v Longford, O'Connor Park, 2pm

Allianz FL Division 4
Limerick v London, Kilmallock, 12pm
Sligo v Antrim, Markievicz Park, 2pm
Wicklow v Waterford, Aughrim, 2pm

ONLINE
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 6.30 on Saturday and from 12.30pm on Sunday.  

RADIO
Live commentaries and updates on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport Extra from 6.55pm and on Sunday Sport from 2pm.

TV
Mayo v Dublin live on eir Sport from 7pm on Saturday. Deferred showing of Meath v Donegal on TG4 from 5.15pm on Sunday.  

Highlights of all the weekend's action on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.

All live and deferred action also available on GAAGO.

WEATHER

Saturday: Mainly dry for Munster and Leinster on Saturday with sunny spells, however there will be persistent rain and drizzle for much of Connacht and Ulster, slowly clearing to the north coast after dark. Highs of 8 or 9°C in brisk westerly winds, strong on coasts.

Sunday: Starting dull and damp over much of the country on Sunday, with showers of rain with sleet possible over high ground. Some bright spells Sunday afternoon but showers will be widespread and will linger through much of the day, retreating to the west and north during the evening. Quite cold in the north, with afternoon temperatures only reaching 4 to 7°C, milder further south with highs of 10 to 12° in blustery southwesterly winds becoming fresh to strong on coasts. For more go to met.ie 

Give it a chance... ah no, scrap it...

The 'advanced mark' garnered much debate last weekend, more so by the sight of Donegal's Michael Murphy making a straightforward catch, raising his hand to indicate a mark and then composing himself to kick over a routine point. 

It shouldn't be that simple the purists say. Too much reward for executing a basic enough skill. And, don't we already have a 'mark' from a kick-out that encourages a drive down the field and rewards high fielding.  

All told there were a number advanced marks in the opening round of games, yet Tomás Ó Sé, speaking during RTÉ's coverage of Dublin-Kerry, feels there now is no place in the game for such a rule.

"It was brought in because there was a lot of defensive football," he said.

"I take that. Three or four years ago there was a lot of defensive football.

Dublin's Paul Mannion calls a mark 

"But because you get the likes of Kerry and Dublin toppling and showing teams how to beat a defensive blanket, it doesn't become necessary anymore."

He added that it is "morphing into a game of Aussie Rules" and will make the game "too stop-start", before going on to describe it as "absolutely bedlam".

It would seem that catching a ball chest-high and then being rewarded is what is upsetting most. And then you have a mark claimed inside the penalty area, which effectively gives forwards a free run on goal.

Defenders have a lot more on their plate now. 

That said, a new rule does need time to bed in and as things stand the advanced mark is here to stay. How players and coaches utilise it better will only emerge over time. It should encourage more kick-passing, with the sight of players varying their kicks, a bit a slice, a bit of fade, to borrow from golf.

There is also the scope to bring team-mates into the equation when the mark is called and so achieve a greater scoring threat.

Speaking on Allianz League Sunday, Kevin McStay is prepared to give things a chance after the opening round of league clashes. 

"There's 16 league games played, and probably on average two or three marks per game, so the body of evidence isn't there yet. 

"It's only round one. We'll see maybe after the fourth round or so.

"Personally I think, tactically it has great potential... but I think there's plenty of room for chaos as well. The jury is out, but it has potential."

Old foes intent on freshening things up 

Con O'Callaghan in action against Donal Vaughan during last year's league clash between the counties 

In one corner, you have a side that have been up near the top of the pile for close on a decade, an outfit now in need of some replenishment. Opposing them are the top dogs, with a new manager on the scene, hoping to drive them on to greater things.

It's Mayo v Dublin again

They renew their rivalry in Castlebar, with the Green & Red looking for a first competitive win in this fixture since March 2012.

The smile on James Horan's face at the final whistle in Ballybofey last Saturday spoke volumes when telling us that his side were lucky to get a share of the spoils against Donegal. 

Horan, on the basis of the defeat tot he Dubs last August, knows that a gap has to be closed. The league is about finding three or four players who will push for starts in the summer. James Durcan's cameo off the bench by the banks of the Finn was telling with that equalising goal. He's in from the start at MacHale Park, while newcomers Oisín Mullin, Jordan Flynn and Bryan Walsh contributed more than enough on day one to warrant more game time this spring.

Of all the new names on view for the westerners, Pádraig O'Hora really stood out on the half-back line against Donegal.

As for the Dubs, well Dessie Farrell was happy enough with the draw against Kerry, despite some sluggish moments in the second half. There were plenty of familiar names on view, while the likes of Conor McHugh,  Aaron Byrne and Seán Bugler will be hoping for more game-time as the spring progresses. 

Too early to talk about relegation but...

Sports science no doubt has given us more than a few column inches about the importance of home advantage. Meath and Monaghan will no doubt be hoping that home comforts benefits them when they host Donegal and Tyrone respectively.

The former pair are favourites for the drop, though Monaghan were gutsy enough against Galway to suggest they could have the stomach for the battle. That said, they are still over dependent on the 33-year-old Conor McManus.

The Royals, for the most part found the going tough against a Tyrone side that were missing a few regulars. They welcome Declan Bonner's side to Navan and on League Sunday, Kevin McStay had some nice things to say about the Ulster champions. 

Elsewhere in Division 1, Galway travel to Kerry and this should be a good test for Pádraic Joyce's side.

The win over Monaghan gave us an indication that the Tribesmen will offer a greater attacking threat after a few seasons where caution reigned under Kevin Walsh. 

Players to keep an eye on 

Armagh debutant Conor Turbitt scored 1-06 from play against Cavan last Saturday evening as the Orchardmen romped to an emphatic victory. The 20-year-old from Crossmaglen certainly caught the eye.

He's quick on his feet and along with the likes of Stefan Campbell will be key if Kieran McGeeney's are to make the top flight.

After a spell Down Under with AFL's North Melbourne, Sligo's Red Óg Murphy has opted to return home. While away, the Yeats endured a torrid time as they failed to win a single game in 2019. 

The losing streak ended last Sunday with a facile win away to London. Murphy stood out in a forward line that was free-flowing. There will be tougher test ahead for Sligo in their quest to escape from the bottom tier, but Murphy's availability certainly adds greater zest to their cause.    

Did you know?

Leitrim and Cork (Division 3) meet in the Allianz Football League for the first time since April 2001 when the Rebels won a Division 2A game by 2-15 to 0-10 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.