Former Mayo senior footballer and current Sunday Game pundit, Lee Keegan, expects Dublin to produce their best form when they entertain Roscommon at Croke Park on Sunday.
While acknowledging that Roscommon have enjoyed a fine season, which included a famous win over his native county in the Connacht championship, Keegan feels that the Rossies have yet to translate their provincial championship form in recent years into meaningful victories in the All-Ireland Series.
“Dublin are facing a sticky and resilient opponent on Saturday. The Rossies have quality forwards, a well-drilled defensive system and have been in flying form for most of 2023. Their morale isn’t in question, unlike much of the field in Leinster,” he wrote in his RTÉ column.
“Their issue in modern times is that they’ve been merely a provincial menace and have never brought that same fearless brio to the All-Ireland series.
“But it primarily depends on Dublin. If they get the engines revved, they’ll stretch away and win well. If they get mired in that flat, sideways game that we saw against Kildare, you’d imagine Roscommon will be right there.
“If pushed, I suspect it’ll be the former,” he predicted.