SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Division 1A, round 2, Cork v Tipperary, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7pm

Division 3B round 2, Sligo v Lancashire, Markievicz Park, 1pm

Division 2B round 2, Warwickshire v Kildare, Pairc na hEireann, 2pm

SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Division 1 Group A round 2

Westmeath v Waterford, TEG Cusack Park, 2pm

Limerick v Galway, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 2pm

Division 1 Group B round 2

Dublin v Laois, Parnell Park, 2pm

Carlow v Kilkenny, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm

Wexford v Clare, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 2pm

Division 2 Group A round 2

Meath v Wicklow, Pairc Tailteann, 12.30pm

Antrim v Mayo, Loughgiel, 2pm

Kerry v Offaly, Austin Stack Park, 2pm

Division 2 Group B round 2

Down v Roscommon, Ballycran, 1pm

London v Derry, Ruislip, 2pm

Division 3 Group A round 2

Longford v Louth, Glennon Bros Pearse Park, 2pm

Armagh v Monaghan, Athletic Grounds, 2pm

Tyrone v Donegal, Healy Park, 2pm

Division 3 Group B round 2

Cavan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni, 2pm

ONLINE

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 6.30 on Saturday and from 1.30pm 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

Cork v Tipperary live on RTÉ 2 and eir Sport from 6.30pm on Saturday evening. Live coverage of Limerick v Galway on TG4 from 1.30pm. Deferred coverage of Clare v Wexford from 3.45pm.

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 

Munster rivals in need of a win

There are just three games down for decision on Saturday and the last of those could be something of a rip-roarer contest if recent history is anything to go by.

Live on RTÉ, Cork welcome Tipperary to Pairc Ui Chaoimh with both sides looking to atone for opening round defeats.

The Rebels put two goals past Waterford last Sunday in the opening three minutes, but still left Walsh Park empty-handed. A leaky defence, squandering a lead and questions regarding leaders were the talking points from a Cork perspective, but in truth, it is something that has been levelled for a number of years now.

All-Ireland champions Tipperary can relate to a blistering start - they held a 10-point lead against Limerick approaching half-time before the Treaty men stormed back - but will travel in confidence.

Twice last year they travelled to Leeside and emerged as comfortable winners, with the aggregate score 3-57 to 2-40 in favour of the Premier County.

2018 All-Ireland re-match

At the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, the hurlers of Galway and Limerick will meet in a competitive game since the 2018 All-Ireland final when the Treaty men defeated the holders by the bare minimum.

Last year the neighbours were in separate divisions in the league and the Tribesmen failed to emerge from Leinster.

So where are the previous two Liam MacCarthy holders placed in 2020? January is hardly the place to judge, but John Kiely has largely the same group that stormed to glory two years ago, though some off-field incidents were an unwelcome distraction in the off-season. The comeback win over Tipp was the just the tonic.

Galway manager Shane O'Neill (above) most likely won't be reading too much into the 14-point drubbing of Westmeath.

Joe Canning's performance was a boon on his return, while Tadhg Haran caught the eye with six points in the forward line. With Eanna Murphy pushing his claim between the sticks and a new captain in Padraic Mannion, O'Neill will be looking to try out a few more ideas ahead of championship time.

Old friends, new rivals

During the '90s Brian Lohan and Davy Fitzgerald were instrumental in Clare's resurgence, with the two All-Ireland titles sandwiched between Wexford's memorable victory in 1996. There was a close bond during those heady days - "there was a time he was as close to me as a brother" Fitzgerald wrote in his autobiography, but those days are long gone.

There was an incident between the pair when they were managing in the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2014 that led to ill-feeling, while Fitzgerald also felt that Lohan had been unnecessarily critical of him while the Sixmilebridge man was in charge of Clare, requesting an independent review of Clare hurling at one point.

"My reply to that was pretty strong, and I won't repeat it. But I basically told Brian what I thought of him," Fitzgerald said. Reconciliation seems a while away just yet.

"He [Fitzgerald] has the way he does things and people have to kind of fit into that, but I think some of the antics, they're not great," Lohan said last summer.

All of which adds more spice when Lohan takes the Banner men to Wexford Park after both sides eased to victory last weekend. The Yellowbellies hits Laois for 2-27 while Tony Kelly picked off a dozen points as the Banner men had 16 to spare over Carlow in Ennis.

A far more livelier encounter is expected on Sunday, both inside and outside the white lines.

Competitive 2A

Offaly and Kerry would have been tipped by many to reach the Division 2A final ,where the winner will earn promotion. Respective wins over Meath and Mayo got them both off to an expected winning start, but two two will locks horns in Tralee this weekend which will give a strong indication of early season form.

Hot on their heels thus far is Antrim. The Saffrons host Mayo and know that their games against Offaly and Kerry will be the litmus test. Neil McManus will again be key to their hopes and the talented forward plundered 0-11 in Arklow last time out.

Did you know?

Cork are seeking their first win over Tipperary since the 2017 Munster quarter final.