Donegal will be expected to easily win their first Super 8 game of 2019 and Meath will feel very lucky to have even got this far.

They meet in the championship for the fourth time. Meath won the 1990 All-Ireland semi-final (3-9 to 1-7) while Donegal won All-Ireland qualifiers (1-13 to 0-14) in 2002 and 2017 (Donegal 1-15 Meath 1-14. 

Donegal lost to Dublin and Tyrone and beat Roscommon in last year’s ‘Super 8s’. Meath were last in the quarter-finals in 2010. Donegal and Meath met twice in this year’s Allianz League (Division 2) with the Ulster men winning both by two points. They won a Round 2 game by 1-13 to 1-14 and, after both had secured promotion, Donegal won the final by 1-17 to 1-15. 

Donegal are All-Ireland contenders so will need to get a good score difference so expect them to score heavily in the last 20min.

PATHS TO THE QUARTER-FINAL 

DONEGAL 

Donegal 0-15 Fermanagh 0-9

Donegal 1-16 Tyrone 0-15

Donegal 1-24 Cavan 2-16 (Ulster final) 

MEATH 

Meath 1-13 Offaly 0-14 Meath 2-18 Carlow 0-9 

Meath 3-13 Laois 0-11 

Dublin 1-17 Meath 0-4 (Leinster final) 

Meath 2-16 Clare 1-18 

Top Scorers 

Jamie Brennan….……2-11

Paddy McBrearty…..0-13 (0-4 frees)

Michael Murphy ….O-11 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ’45’) 

Mickey Newman….......3-20 (0-13 frees, 1-0 pen)

Bryan Menton…………...3-5

James Conlon….……...0-12

Bryan McMahon………1-4

Cillian O’Sullivan ……..0-7 

Match Betting

Donegal are best price 1/7 with Betfred, Meath can be backed at 15/2 with Boyleports, the draw is 14/1 with most firms.

Handicap Betting

Betway are the standout price for Donegal as they can be backed -6 at 5/6. If you fancy Meath you can get +9 at 8/11 with Boylesports.

Total Points/Weather

Their total points over the last four meetings averages at 35pts, so maybe under 37.5 at 5/6 with Paddypower could be a bet.

Summations

Donegal will beat Meath by 7pts or more, Meath will stay with them for 50min but will fall away like they did against Dublin

 

 

 

 

 

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