No place to Hyde

Dr Hyde Park is the place to be this weekend, as two of the in-form teams in the country lock horns for a spot at the top of the table.

Armagh were incredible in the opening two rounds, impressively taking down Dublin and Tyrone.

The hype train stalled last weekend when Seamus McEnaney’s Monaghan came to town and left with a point.

They should have secured the victory, but Armagh’s unbeaten streak survived nonetheless. Just about.

It’s a whole different ball game this weekend however as Kieran McGeeney’s side meet Mayo in Hyde Park.

Like Armagh, James Horan’s men have yet to taste defeat in 2022 and they’ll want to extend that run on Sunday.

And like Armagh, their win over Dublin will add an extra layer of confidence. Mayo have now beat the Dubs twice in Croke Park in the last two seasons.

The Westerners have been a top side for the best part of a decade but have yet to get over the line on the All-Irelands stage.

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While there’s no All-Ireland medals in the Mayo changing room, there’s a host of hunger and quality.

But in James Horan’s named starting 15, there’s an air of inexperience. That could suggest Mayo are building towards the championship and are unconcerned with a league final place.

Do Armagh have the same freedom? Or are the Orchard targeting a place in the league decider to cap off a superb campaign.

Perhaps survival fears have been relaxed after picking up five points, but another two would guarantee safety.

Armagh and Mayo do battle in Hyde Park on Sunday
Photo Credit: John Merry

Back in 2019, Armagh showed they can compete with what Mayo had to offer and that was perhaps a better Connaught side than the one they face in Hyde Park.

David Clarke, Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle, Andy Moran and Donal Vaughan have all since stepped away.

Only Paul Hughes and Jamie Clarke won’t line out for Armagh, but the likes of Tiernan Kelly, Conor Turbitt and Ciaran Mackin have come through.

Perhaps the Monaghan game was the scare that Armagh needed. They’ll need to be on top form to earn a win on Sunday.