With two games to go in the Allianz football league it is still all to play for both at the top and bottom of the table. Teams will be looking both above and below them as in the middle it is tight enough to say that any team could reach the final or go down to the second tier. The last two weeks of the season are sure to be interesting with most teams still having everything to play for. Here are 5 teams that still have it all to play for:
1st:Galway – 8 points
Remaining fixtures – Mayo (H) Dublin (H)
Galway have defied all expectations placed on them so far this season effectively needing only one win to clinch a final spot. The huge win over Tyrone set down a mark for the rest of the league that there the real deal. It would be a shock if Galway don’t pick up one win from there remaining games against one of Mayo or Dublin to clinch a final spot and they should prove a tough challenge for whoever the end up facing on March the 29th. There Derby game against Mayo up next will be a great clash with both teams fighting it out at opposite ends of the table. This Galway side has to be commended for there performances thus far and will be desperate to bring that through to the championship after a poor campaign last time out.
2nd:Kerry – 7 points
Remaining fixtures – Monaghan (A) Donegal (H)
Kerry came into this year as one of the favourites to take home the league title and they haven’t disappointed. There only defeat so far has come in unprecedented conditions in Edendork against Tyrone. They will be coming into these last 2 games as firm favourites to secure a final birth. Monaghan away has proved a tough task so far this season for all who’ve experienced it and Kerry will have to be at the top of their game to come out of Iniskeen with 2 points. Donegal at home will be were Kerry will be hoping to close out the regular season with a win that secures their place in the league final. This will also be a very tough task, but I reckon they will have enough about them to pip Tyrone to a final place.
3rd:Tyrone – 6 points
Remaining fixtures- Donegal (A) Mayo (A)
Outside of Tyrone’s heavy defeats to Monaghan and Galway they have been quite impressive this season. Wins over the perceived two best teams in the country in Kerry and Dublin have injected an aura of confidence into this Tyrone team who are once again thinking of a league final appearance for the first time since 2013. They still have 2 tough games to go against Donegal and Mayo made even harder by the fact that they are both away from home. Tyrone have struggled away this year and will have to vastly improve on their 2 previous away performances which have led to severe defeats. If they can do that against Donegal and come up against a Mayo team which may have nothing to play for, they might just make it to Croke Park in the league set piece later this month.
6th:Monaghan – 5 points
Remaining Fixtures- Kerry (H) Meath (H)
Its been a season of real ups and downs for Monaghan this season. They’ve had some great highs against the likes of Mayo and Tyrone but also some lows such as throwing away a heft lead against Dublin and a 10-point drubbing at the hands of Donegal. The Farney men will still be dreaming of an outside shot at a top two finish if they can continue their fantastic home form against Kerry and Meath. It is unlikely that Monaghan will get a final birth no matter what their results, but they will be hoping they aren’t subjected to relegation to division 2. A convincing win against Meath in Clones should be enough to secure safety but the pressure may just get to them as it has before in Croke Park already this year again on the final day of the season.
7th:Mayo – 3 points
Remaining Fixtures- Galway (A) Tyrone (H)
Mayo’s season hasn’t quite panned out as they might have hoped. They are in real danger of going down and will have to pull out all the stops to make an escape. There only win has come against a poor Meath side and they are staring down the barrel of division 2 unless they can pick up 2 wins and hope that results elsewhere fall in their favour. Unfortunately, I find it hard to envisage that series of events transpiring as Galway and Tyrone have aspirations at the top of the league and will not lie down for this Mayo team. An extremely disappointing and unexpected campaign looks to be ending in disaster and relegation for Mayo.
These teams will be praying that they can perform in their final two games and secure their goals whether that is to remain in the top tier or reach the summit of it.