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Leinster SFC semi-final – Kildare v Westmeath – Croke Park – 2:00 pm

Kildare will go face to face with Leinster rivals Westmeath at Croke Park this coming Sunday at 2:00 as the primary of a doubleheader within the first Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final.

The lily whites have been spectacular this time period, topping their Division 2 South group earlier than defeating narrowly defeated Meath within the semi-final, gaining promotion to Divison 1 together with Mayo.

Their solely defeat being in opposition to Clare, Jack O’Connor has improved his facet since his appointment in 2019.

They overcame a strong-willed Offaly facet within the quarter-final by a rating of 1-15 to 0-13 final week and are available into this recreation as favourites.

Westmeath endured a horrible league run, shedding all three video games, however taking part in heroically for the overwhelming majority of these video games.

Eventually shedding to fellow strugglers Cork within the relegation semi-final, they have been relegated right down to Division 3 together with the staff they confronted within the Leinster quarter-finals Laois.

Last 12 months, neither facet seemed robust sufficient to problem Dublin, or no less than compete with them.

Meath hammered Kildare within the semi-final, whereas Westmeath held their very own in opposition to the Dubs, being eradicated within the quarter-finals.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Jack O’Connor has not put his stamp on his facet as of but, taking part in a good model of soccer all through the league and searching good going ahead.

They do, nonetheless, lack one thing of a scientific nature of their squad, not having the ability to end of groups nor having that one standout participant to see them by means of video games.

Their opponents however lack a noticeable model to their recreation. Throughout the league, and particularly of their loss to Mayo they leaned in direction of taking part in the lengthy ball into the full-forward line.

If that didn’t work, the gamers would retreat and look void of concepts.

Conclusion

No matter what, Dublin will beat each side with relative ease, however out of the 2 contenders, I can solely see Kildare profitable this one.

Stronger going ahead, a greater and skilled supervisor who’s a confirmed winner. The lily whites ought to have sufficient to progress.

Prediction: Kildare by 12 factors

Predicted Teams – Subject to Change

Kildare
  1. Mark Donnellan
  2. Mark Dempsey
  3. Mick O’Grady
  4. Eoin Doyle
  5. Kevin Flynn
  6. David Hyland
  7. Ryan Houlihan
  8. Kevin Feely
  9. Aaron Masterson
  10. Alex Beirne
  11. Fergal Conway
  12. Neil Flynn
  13. Darragh Kirwan
  14. Ben McCormack
  15. Jimmy Hyland
Westmeath
  1. Jason Daly
  2. Jack Smith
  3. Kevin Maguire
  4. Boidu Sayeh
  5. James Dolan
  6. Ronan Wallace
  7. Jamie Gonoud
  8. Ray Connellon
  9. Sam Duncan
  10. Denis Corroon
  11. Ger Egan
  12. David Lynch
  13. Lorcan Dolan
  14. John Heslin
  15. Rónan O’Toole

 

Betting

Kildare: 2/7

Westmeath: 10/3

Draw: 9/1

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