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 0-15 Fermanagh 0-9
Donegal 1-16 Tyrone 0-15
Donegal 1-24 Cavan 2-16 (Ulster final)
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
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)
Cillian O’Sullivan ……..0-7
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.
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.
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.
Donegal will beat Meath by 7pts or more, Meath will stay with them for 50min but will fall away like they did against Dublin