Preview: Weekend’s Allianz Football League action:

The last round of group games in the Allianz Football League takes place this weekend.

For an in-depth article explaining the permutations click here.

Allianz Football League Division One

Sunday 24th March
Derry v Roscommon in Celtic Park at 1.45pm

On the verge of securing a place in the Allianz Football League Division One Final, Derry will afford Roscommon the utmost respect.

Roscommon know that an away win in Celtic Park could be enough to maintain top flight status, if Kerry defeat Galway.

Ultimately, it has been a satisfactory start to the year for Derry under Mickey Harte’s guidance, earning five league wins from six.

The blistering manner Conor McCluskey and Gareth McKinless, amongst others, repeatedly drive forward from deep causes problems for opposition teams.

Roscommon are gradually returning to full strength with Ultan Harney’s addition significant. The Smiths and Diarmuid Murtagh remain influential figures for Roscommon, who will be primed for this match.

Dublin v Tyrone in Croke Park at 1.45pm

Darragh Canavan’s excellence throughout the league ensures Tyrone head for GAA headquarters heartened.

Another Canavan inspired win over Monaghan means Tyrone guaranteed Division One status for another year.

The Red Hands can still reach a league decider, if they prevail at Croke Park and Galway overcome Kerry.

Niall Morgan remains a key performer for Tyrone, who have welcomed back a number of influential players in recent years.

Despite two defeats in the opening rounds, Dublin have subsequently embarked on a four match winning run.

Seán Bugler, Brian Fenton, and Con O’Callaghan have all starred in the Dublin burst.

Kerry v Galway in Fitzgerald Stadium at 1.45pm, TG4

A repeat of the 2022 All-Ireland SFC Final, Kerry welcome Galway to Killarney on Sunday.

Injuries have disturbed Galway significantly in the opening weeks of the year.

Newcomers have been afforded playing chances with Cillian Ó Curraoin scoring nicely in the Connacht FBD and Allianz Football League.

At the opposite end of the field David Clifford continues to deliver for Kerry with brother Paudie also hugely effective in the league.

Jason Foley’s ankle injury is a setback for Kerry, who are in contention for a top two finish. Avoiding the drop is Galway’s objective.

Monaghan v Mayo in St Tiernach’s Park at 1.45pm

Following several great escape missions, Monaghan’s stint in Division One finishes on Sunday.

A typically hard working and gritty display in Omagh against Tyrone wasn’t enough.

Despite that loss Vinny Corey will be encouraged by aspects of Monaghan’s play, particularly Conor McManus’ enduring excellence and accuracy.

Mayo, still have an outside chance of reaching the final, but the opportunities afforded to players throughout the campaign augurs well.

Tommy Conroy was a threat against Derry, while Jordan Flynn’s relevance to the Mayo cause shouldn’t be underestimated.

Allianz Football League Division Two

Saturday 23rd March

Cavan v Fermanagh in Kingspan Breffni at 7pm, BBC iPlayer & GAAGO

This is a critical encounter for Fermanagh, who need to summon a victory and hope Kildare can do them a favour against Louth.

The early weeks of the campaign illustrated Fermanagh’s potential when accumulating three points.

Cavan have enjoyed some good moments with Paddy Lynch in prolific scoring form for Raymond Galligan’s outfit.

With the Ulster SFC edging closer, Cavan are busy preparing for an interesting April 7 clash against neighbours Monaghan.

Retaining Division Two status is one of Fermanagh’s objectives with an April 14 provincial match against Armagh another important date.

Cork v Armagh in SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 7pm

Armagh’s promotion has been secured and a Croke Park appearance for the Division Two final against Donegal beckons.

Cork endured disappointment at the start of the league, but have rallied impressively.

Ian Maguire remains an influential figure, while Mattie Taylor and Luke Fahy will scamper forward at every available opportunity.

Armagh, though, are delighted with Oisín Conaty’s impact, while Andrew Murnin, Conor Turbitt, Rory Grugan, and Stefan Campbell have also contributed handsomely in a six match unbeaten run.

That consistency means significant optimism surrounds Armagh, who want to make further progress in the coming weeks and months.

Donegal v Meath in Ballybofey at 7pm

Buoyed up by Jim McGuiness’ return, Donegal have generated momentum.

Last weekend’s win over Kildare featured a brilliant display from Peadar Mogan, who raided upfield to land five points from play.

It was a notable effort from Mogan, but there is no shortage of talent in Donegal’s ranks with Paddy McBrearty and Oisín Gallen potent threats inside.

Despite being without a string of injured players, Meath retained Divison Two status, while Colm O’Rourke has given game time to emerging footballers.

Mathew Costello and Eoghan Frayne have been prominent in the league for the Royals.

Kildare v Louth in Netwatch Cullen Park at 7pm, TG4

With Kildare already relegated, Louth know that a draw or a win will be sufficient to avoid relegation.

Ger Brennan’s charges have won two and lost four, but in those defeats, a number of defiant performances were produced.

Ultimately, Louth were unfortunate in a couple of those encounters, but they delivered in style against Fermanagh.

Sam Mulroy struck 2-5 in an emphatic victory that means Louth are in a decent position entering the last round of games.

Kildare have endured a demanding stint, but Kevin Feely’s excellent form provides some inspiration ahead of the Leinster SFC.

Allianz Football League Division Three

Sunday 24th March

Antrim v Wicklow, Corrigan Park, 2pm

A relegation battle is imminent at Corrigan Park with both counties in trouble.

Wicklow will be boosted by the victory over Limerick with Kevin Quinn and Dean Healy registering vital scores for Oisín McConville’s team.

Antrim have collected four points, but a Wicklow success would leave them in serious trouble so Andy McEntee’s outfit will be aware of the importance of this match.

Patrick McBride continues to contribute handsomely for Antrim.

Down v Clare in Páirc Esler at 2pm, TG4 App

A win for either team will guarantee promotion, while Down know a draw is enough too.

Last weekend’s stalemate with Westmeath means Down need something from this crucial fixture in Newry.

Conor Laverty’s team have been excellent throughout the league with Ceilum Doherty, Odhran Murdock and Pat Havern key performers.

Clare’s battling win over Antrim was inspired by Aaron Griffin’s three points from play, while Mark McInerney and Ciaran Downes also delivered when it counted.

Offaly v Limerick in Glenisk O’Connor Park at 2pm

Limerick are already relegated, but Offaly will be striving to avoid the drop in Tullamore on Sunday.

The Faithful County demonstrated courage and character when dividing the spoils with Sligo at Markievicz Park last weekend.

Keith O’Neill and Nigel Dunne nailed scores for Declan Kelly’s team.

Limerick suffered a narrow loss to Wicklow, but goalkeeper Josh Ryan kicked four points from frees, while Cillian Fahy and Iain Corbett remain leading figures.

Sligo v Westmeath in Markievicz Park at 2pm

Dessie Dolan knows the long term value of operating in Division Two so Westmeath will want to finish the group stages in style.

Westmeath were resilient when drawing against Down in Mullingar with the splendid James Dolan still making key plays.

Kieran Martin, Ronan O’Toole, and Luke Loughlin provide plenty of quality in attack for the midlanders.

It has been a mixed league for Sligo, but Tony McEntee will be hopeful that his emerging team can enjoy a productive championship, similar to 2023 when valuable top level experience was gained.

Allianz Football League Division Four

Sunday 24th March

Carlow v London in Netwatch Cullen Park at 1pm

Carlow and London are getting ready for championship fare.

Niall Carew’s developing team, with Mikey Bambrick continuing to make an impact, will want to finish the league strongly.

London, though, will be heartened by the win over Waterford with Michael Maher getting his improving team prepared for next month’s Connacht SFC encounter against Galway at McGovern Park.

Waterford v Laois in SETU Arena at 1pm

Laois will earn promotion by obtaining a positive result in Waterford.

The defeat to Leitrim was a setback, but overall it has been an encouraging start for Justin McNulty.

Damon Larkin, Mark Barry, and Paul Kingston have been effective for Laois, who will be hoping to seal a return to Division Three.

Waterford have only claimed one point from their opening six matches, but Paul Shankey’s team have been spirited.

Wexford v Longford in Chadwicks Wexford Park at 1pm

A crucial match in the south east with both counties firmly in the promotion race.

John Hegarty’s Wexford beat Tipperary with Glen Malone and Mark Rossiter outstanding.

Longford suffered some losses early in the league, but Paddy Christie’s outfit have thundered back into contention.

Darren Gallagher and Daniel Mimnagh provided valuable scores in the win over Carlow.

Leitrim v Tipperary in Avant Money Páirc Seán MacDiarmada at 1pm

Leitrim’s triumph over Laois kept their promotion hopes alive.

Now Andy Moran’s team need to beat Tipperary and hope that results elsewhere are favourable.

The promising Barry McNulty’s winning score against Laois was noteworthy, while Ryan O’Rourke struck six points.

Leitrim, though, will need to be diligent because Seánie O’Connor is a talented Tipperary forward.