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Your guide to the game as Laois footballers conclude Division 4 campaign away to Waterford

National Football League Division 4 Round 6 – Laois v London
In SETU Waterford at 1pm

Team news?

Laois senior football manager Justin McNulty has made one change from the team that lost to Leitrim last week.

St Joseph’s defender Jack Lacey is set to make his national league debut as he has been named at corner back.

He comes in for Courtwood’s Sean O’Flynn who is selected among the substitutes.

There is one change to the bench as Courtwood’s Niall Dunne returns from injury and takes the place of Cormac Murphy.

LAOIS: Killian Roche (Killeshin); Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise), Seamus Lacey (Ballylinan), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s), Eoin Buggie (Stradbally), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Brian Byrne (Graiguecullen); Conor Heffernan (Killeshin), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise); Kevin Swayne (Portlaoise), Eoin Lowry (Killeshin), Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey); Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s), Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard), Paul Kingston (Arles-Killeen).

Subs: Aaron Cooney (St Joseph’s), Niall Corbet (Clonaslee-St Manman’s), Brian Daly (St Joseph’s), Mikie Dempsey (St Joseph’s), Simon Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Dylan Kavanagh (The Heath), Niall Dunne (Courtwood), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise), Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Rioghan Murphy (Portarlington), Danny O’Reilly (Graiguecullen)

Waterford have also named their starting 15 for the game.

WATERFORD: Paudie Hunt; Conor O Cuirrin, Caoimhin Walsh, Conor McCarthy; Billy O’Keeffe, Dermot Ryan, Robbie McGrath; Michael Curry, Jason Curry; Caolan Mac Craith, Sean Whelan-Barrett, James Power; Stephen Curry, Tom O’Connell, Alan Dunwoody

What has Waterford’s form been like?

If we were to rank the counties of Ireland, Waterford would surely be bottom of the pile.

They are the only team in Division 4 who are yet to win a game and Laois will be looking to maintain this record.

They did draw with Tipperary in Round 5, who pushed Laois all the way in Round 4, but that was the only game they did not lose.

What Waterford players should we watch out for?

From previous meetings with Waterford, the three Currys that exist on their team have caused the most problems.

Michael and Jason are named at midfield while Stephen has been selected at corner forward.

What do Laois need to do to get promoted?

A draw or a win in today’s game will ensure that Laois reach the Division 4 league final and are promoted.

They could lose and still achieve this pending results elsewhere – but that isn’t really a route you were like to go down.

Who is likely to finish second (in the scenario that Laois win or draw)?

The two games that matter concern the clash of Wexford v Longford and Leitrim v Tipperary.

Leitrim can only reach the final if they defeat Tipperary and Wexford beat Longford or that game ends in a draw.

If Longford win, they will be promoted alongside Laois even if Leitrim also win as they have a better head-to-head record.

What are the odds?

Laois are firm favourites at 1/33 while Waterford are outside at 9/1. The draw is 25/1.

Who is reffing it?

David Hickey from Carlow has been selected to be the man in the middle for this game.

Our records indicate that he has officiated games involving Laois at all levels.

Tickets? TV?

The game is not available to watch on TV but we will keep you updated on our Live Blog.

Tickets can be purchased both online and in person using the following: Online by clicking here.

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