Championship Watch: Eight teams, one goal – a place in the semi-finals

The number of matches is dwindling every week, and this weekend there are just the four football quarter-finals in Croke Park over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday double bill starts with Roscommon and Armagh. The game is previewed in detail elsewhere in the paper this week. I genuinely think that Roscommon have a great chance of upsetting the odds.

In the second game, it’s Dublin and Galway. There is no doubt that Dublin have slipped back from where they were a couple of years ago, but I am not so sure that they have slipped back far enough for Galway to beat them in Croke Park.

Galway are a great championship team, and up to now they have been grinding out the wins week after week without necessarily playing too well. If Damien Comer, Cillian McDaid, Paul Conroy and Shane Walsh are not fully on their game, then they are in trouble. I think the Dubs will win.

Louth are in bonus territory on Sunday, and they can give it a lash against Donegal. However, Jimmy McGuinness is too wily and experienced to allow his players get caught out here. It would be a huge shock if

Donegal don’t win with a bit to spare.

The game of the weekend is Derry v Kerry. The Kingdom will be hot favourites to prevail, but Derry will have gained a lot of momentum after that win over Mayo in Castlebar last weekend, and on their best form they are well capable of giving Jack O’Connor’s men plenty to think about.

When the sides met in the semi-final last year, Kerry just about won it after a major struggle. I am expecting a huge performance from Derry but Kerry should have three or four points to spare at the end.