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GAA | Allianz Football League Division 1 preview

In his debut series of articles for The Season Ticket, Chris Coady previews every team competing in the 2020 Allianz Football League.

In this edition, he looks ahead to what we can expect from Division 1 this spring.

 

Mayo

The men from the west open the defense of their league crown with a trip up north to face Donegal. With the return of Tom Parsons to the pitch, James Horan’s men will be hopeful of another successful league campaign. One to watch - James Carr

Kerry

Last year's beaten finalists will be hungry to go a step further this time out and with a full squad of players to pick from as the club All-Ireland final won’t involve a Kerry team it’s time for the Kingdom fans to get excited. Young David Clifford leads the way. One to watch - David Moran

Dublin

The Dessie Farrell era began in defeat at the hands of Longford and although it was an experimental capital side, losing is something the Dubs just don’t do. Farrell will want to gain some momentum before the attempt for six-in-a-row begins. One to watch- Dessie Farrell

Galway

A team in the middle of the road in terms of Division 1 status.

Looking safe from the drop but a bit off those top two spots for a league final appearance. Trophies have evaded this team in the last few years. After their three-in-a-row success, maybe the Corofin contingent could influence this. It is time they make the step up. One to watch - Kieran Molloy

Tyrone

All the talk around Tyrone has been about Cathal Mcshane’s departure and how they’ll cope without him.Their star forward in 2019 is gone and I struggle to see where the Red Hand can source their scores in 2020.

One to watch - Peter Harte

Meath

Seven-time Division 1 winners Meath return to the top flight of Gaelic football off the back of a very successful season last year with an appearance in the Super 8s. Primary objective will be to avoid the drop but I can see Meath causing a stir as they return to the big time. One to watch - James Conlon

Donegal

Coming up with Meath are the Ulster champions.

Led by the great Michael Murphy, fresh from receiving his third All-Star last November, as well as a disappointing end to last season together give the perfect formula for a big season for the Green and Gold. One to watch- Michael Murphy

Monaghan

A disastrous campaign last year saw the Farney Army crash out of the All-Ireland qualifiers with one win to their name in the championship. Also, having just avoided relegation last term by a point, Clones will have to become a fortress for the Oriel county in order for them to survive the drop. One to watch- Stephen O’Hanlon

Chris Coady

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