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Your guide to Laois’s Round 2 Allianz Football League clash in Croke Park v Louth

Laois take on Louth in Round 2 of their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign this afternoon.

Here we guide you through what you need to know:

When, where, what time?

The game throws in at 3pm in Croke Park.

Team news

John Sugrue named his team on Thursday night and it shows two changes from the side that defeated Down last week.

Mark Timmons returns in place of Shane Nerney and Ross Munnelly is in for Evan O’Carroll.

Timmons missed the win over Down after suffering an asthmatic attack the day before hand while veteran Munnelly is in for his first start in place of the top scorer from the last day – Evan O’Carroll.

It also means that there are no places in the team for either Colm Begley or Donie Kingston who made big impacts off the bench the last day.

LAOIS: Graham Brody (Portlaoise); David Seale (Portlaoise), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Adam Campion (St Joseph’s), Stephen Attride (Killeshin), Robbie Piggott (Portarlington), Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise); John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise), Damien O’Connor (Timahoe), Conor Boyle (Portlaoise), Sean Byrne (Portarlington); Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise), Colm Murphy (Portarlington), Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen)

Louth have yet to name their team.

What have Louth been like in the last couple of seasons?

The last time Laois and Louth met competitively was in 2017 in Peter Creedon’s first game in charge – which was also LaoisToday’s first ever league game.

It wasn’t a happy one either as Louth won 2-16 to 0-10 and ended the season with promotion to Division 2 while Laois were subsequently relegated to Division 4.

Louth were relegated in 2018 from Division 2 having lost all of their league games and subsequently lost to Carlow in the Leinster championship.

They defeated London in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers but were then eliminated altogether by Leitrim in Round 2.

How did Louth get on in pre-season?

Louth played in an O’Byrne Cup group containing Wicklow, Longford and Wexford.

They defeated Wicklow, drew with Longford and then lost to Wexford which meant they failed to get out of their group.

They since lost Round 1 of the league against Longford by a solitary point.

What’s Laois’s recent history like against Down?

Aside from the aforementioned meeting in 2017, Laois and Louth have met regularly enough in recent years.

They clashed in a Division 2 league game in 2014 where Laois lost Conor Meredith to a red card in the first half but held on to win 2-8 to 0-11.

And before that, in Justin McNulty’s final year in charge in 2013, Louth trounced Laois by 1-16 to 1-6 in the first round of the Leinster championship in O’Moore Park.

Who’s the referee?

Dubliner Barry Tiernan will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

What other Division 3 games are on this weekend?

Westmeath are at home to Carlow, Offaly travel to Longford while Sligo host Down.

What are the odds?

Laois are favourites at 1/4 with Louth at 7/2 and the draw at 10/1. On the handicap betting, Laois (-4) are evens while Louth (+4) are evens. In other words, the bookies thinks Laois will win handy.

How much is it to get in?

This is part of a triple header in Croke Park. The Dublin Ladies face Donegal at 5pm while Dublin take on Galway at 7pm in Division 1 so that means the prices is higher than usual for a Division 3 game.

Admission- €20 (€15 if pre-purchased), Sen Citz/Students- €15
Juveniles – €5.

Is there a curtain raiser?

No, we are up first.

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