Armagh outsiders for league title

Armagh outsiders for league title

Kieran McGeeney.

Eugene Creaney


Eugene Creaney


Although Kieran McGeeney's Armagh side got off to the best possible start, beating both Dublin and Tyrone in their opening NFL games, they are still rated at odds of 16/1 to win the league outright.

With Division 1 leaders Kerry playing second placed Mayo on Sunday, should the Orchard side defeat a classy Kildare outfit at the Athletic Grounds they would dramatically increase their chances at a league title tilt, though it should be said that tough outings with Kerry and Donegal remain.

A draw with the Lilywhites on Saturday (6pm) should be enough to see off any potential relegation threat, and consolidation in the top flight would be a decent intermediate staging post for team boss McGeeney.

Some of the more shrewd punters would no doubt be tempted to take the 6/5 odds being offered for the Dubs' chances against Tyrone on Sunday.

Dessie Farrell's side - despite facing their worst start in a league campaign in modern times - are still second favourites for the Sam Maguire, which would suggest that they are about to pick up the tempo with the summer approaching.

Armagh are sitting at 8/15 for Saturday's clash with Kildare, and 4/1 for Ulster honours possibly due to the fact that an opening provincial win over Donegal would set up a semi-final with either Cavan of Antrim.

With the fans renewed following the pandemic lock downs, and a change in fortune for the county side, another big crowd can be expected in Armagh on Saturday.

McGeeney's outfit were disappointed to lose last time out, but are progressing towards sustaining a place in the top flight.

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