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Explainer: What's at stake for teams with two rounds left in the Allianz football league?

Check out where your county stands before this weekend’s action.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE SECOND LAST round of the Allianz football league takes place this weekend with semi-final spots and promotion places up for grabs while other teams are battling relegation.

But what’s at stake for the teams involved across the four divisions?

Here’s the current state of play.

Division 1

No team has yet to book a semi-final berth with plenty hoping to do so this weekend. Cork lead the way on 8 points, just ahead of Derry and Tyrone who are both on 7 points. Then come Dublin and Mayo on 6 points while Kerry still have an outside chance on 4 points of reaching the last four.

The two key games this weekend regarding the outcome at the top half of the table are in Croke Park tomorrow night and Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday. Dublin entertain Mayo while Cork host Tyrone.

At the bottom Westmeath look certain to be relegated as they are pointless after five games and failure to win on Sunday against Kerry in Mullingar will confirm they will be playing Division 2 football next year. Kildare are also in danger of dropping down as they are two points. If they lose to Derry on Sunday and Kerry beat Westmeath, then Jason Ryan’s team will be relegated.

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Division 2

The battle for the final places in Division 2 and the coveted spots in Division 1 next year looks like to be contested by three Ulster sides. Donegal, Monaghan and Down are all locked together on seven points. Donegal’s last two games see them at home to Louth and away to Armagh, Monaghan are at home to both Laois and Galway while Down travel to face Meath and Laois.

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At the bottom of the table there are three sides who look in most danger of being relegated. Louth are on two points, Galway have three points and then comes Laois on four points. Louth and Galway are in desperate need of points this weekend but the Wee County have a really tough trip to face Donegal while Galway entertain Armagh.

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Division 3

The promotion situation is all wrapped up here with Cavan and Roscommon clear at the top as they are unbeaten with perfect 100% records after five games apiece. They meet tonight in Kingspan Breffni Park in a dress rehearsal for their upcoming Croke Park final clash.

The situation at the bottom is more tricky. Offaly are on the brink of going down, rooted at the foot of the table with no points. They must defeat Wexford and Fermanagh in their last two matches to have any chance to surviving.

There’s five teams on four points – Fermanagh, Longford, Wexford, Sligo and Limerick. None of them are safe yet. The big games this weekend see Fermanagh play Wexford while Sligo take on Longford.

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Division 4

Tipperary, Clare, Leitrim and Wicklow are the four teams in contention here for the covered promotion spots. Tipperary are in the driven seat with 9 points while Clare and Leitrim both have 7 points and then in fourth place is Wicklow on 6 points.

The big showdown this weekend sees Leitrim face Tipperary in a crucial clash. Clare entertain Carlow while Wicklow are at home to Waterford. The final round of games on Sunday week sees Tipperary take on Wicklow while Leitrim travel to face London and Clare make the trip to take on Antrim.

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Fintan O'Toole

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