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So where does your county stand ahead of the last round in the football league?

All the permutations ahead of the final round of games in the 2013 Allianz football league on Sunday.

Face Off: Tyrone and Kerry will collide on Sunday in Omagh.
Face Off: Tyrone and Kerry will collide on Sunday in Omagh.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

THE FOUR DIVISIONS in the 2013 Allianz football league conclude this weekend.

There’s still plenty to be sorted out in the promotion and relegation races ahead of a big day of action on Sunday afternoon. Here’s your guide to the current state of play and a look at who’s thinking of going up and who is in fear that they could be going down.

Division 1

1. Tyrone – On 10 points Mickey Harte’s side are guaranteed a semi-final spot and victory against Kerry on Sunday assures them of top place in the division which would see them meet the team who finishes fourth.

2. Dublin – The Dubs are also on 10 points  already through to the semi-final places but must better Tyrone’s result on Sunday in order to finish first in the table.

3. Kildare – The Lilywhites are on eight points and have qualifed for the last four. Sunday’s results will determine who they meet at that juncture.

4. Cork – Champions for the last three years, Cork are on the cusp of reaching the semi-final stages again. Currently on six points, they only need a draw at home to Mayo to keep their four-in-a-row dream alive.

5. Mayo – The Connacht side are currently on four points and have a scoring difference of +2. They could book a semi-final spot on Sunday but must win in order to do that. Lose or draw and they could be in relegation trouble with results in Ballybofey and Omagh influencing their outcome.

6. Donegal – The All-Ireland champions are also on four points and have a scoring difference of 0. They have an outside chance of a semi-final spot but need to win, hope Mayo also triumph and that the scoring difference then falls their way. Relegation is also a pressing issue as if they lose at home to Dublin, they must hope that Mayo and Kerry are not victorious.

7. Kerry – The Kingdom are still in with a chance of surviving after their recent wins over Down and Cork. They are on four points but their scoring difference (-20) is the worst in the division and could hurt them most. They must better the results of Mayo and Donegal if they are to stay up with a defeat against Tyrone almost certain to relegate them.

8. Down - James McCartan’s are on two points and look certain to be relegated. They must defeat Kildare on Sunday and hope two teams from the trio of Mayo, Donegal and Kerry – who are all currently on four points – lose their last games.

Fixtures – Sunday: Down v Kildare, Páirc Esler, Newry, 3pm, (Ref: David Gough, Meath); Cork v Mayo, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 3pm, (Ref: Maurice Deegan, Laois); Tyrone v Kerry, Healy Park, Omagh, 3pm, (Ref: Marty Duffy, Sligo); Donegal v Dublin, Ballybofey, 3pm, (Ref: Padraig Hughes Armagh).
Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor, Seamus O’Shea and Colm Boyle with Alan O’Connor of Cork
Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Division 2

1. Westmeath – Promotion has already been secured by Pat Flanagan’s men as they stand on 11 points. A draw on Sunday against Derry will clinch top spot for them.

2. Derry – The Oak Leaf county are currently second on nine points and they only need a draw against Westmeath to secure promotion. Even if they lose, they will still qualify if Galway fail to beat Armagh.

3. Laois – Justin McNulty’s side are on seven points with a scoring difference of +13. As they have already lost to Derry, now in order to claim promotion they need to win, Derry to lose, Galway to triumph and hope the scoring difference falls their way.

4. Galway – Also on seven points, the Tribesmen need to beat Armagh and hope Derry lose to Westmeath in order to have a chance at promotion.

5. Wexford – Relegation is on the minds of the Wexford squad, who are on five points, but they will be safe if they defeat Laois. Even if they do lose out to Laois, they will survive if Armagh fail to beat Galway.

6. Louth - The Wee County are in an identical scenario to Wexford as they also stand on five points. Victory over Longford will preserve their Division 2 status.

7. Armagh - The Ulster outfit are on four points and face a difficult task to stay up. They must beat Galway and hope either Laois or Longford can do them a favour.

8. Longford – Last year’s Division 3 champions are heading back to the third tier as they are already relegated. They have lost their six games to date and will hope to pick up their first points of the campaign against Laois.

Fixtures – Sunday: Derry v Westmeath, Celtic Park, 3pm, (Ref: Ciaran Brannigan, Down); Louth v Longford, Drogheda, 3pm, (Ref: Damien Brazil, Offaly); Wexford v Laois, Wexford Park, 3pm, (Ref: Conor Lane, Cork); Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, 3pm, (Ref: Martin Higgins, Fermanagh).

Armagh’s Brendan Donaghy and Paul Conroy of Galway
Pic: INPHO/Presseye/Mark Pearce

Division 3

1. Fermanagh – Peter Canavan takes his team, who are on nine points, to Navan on Sunday and knows a win or a draw against Meath will guarantee them promotion to Division 2.

2. Monaghan – The Farney men are on eight points and have an impressive scoring difference of +22. Victory at home to Antrim on Sunday will ensure they will be plying their trade in Division 2 next year.

3. Meath – Victory over Antrim in last Sunday’s re-arranged game means that the Royals are in an advantageous position on Sunday. Their destiny is in their own hands as they know a win over Fermanagh will ensure they are promoted.

4. Cavan – Terry Hyland’s side are on seven points with a scoring difference of +7. They must beat Roscommon on Sunday and hope both Monaghan and Meath fail to win.

5. Roscommon – The exact same scenario faces the Rossies as they stand on seven points and a scoring difference of -5. They have to beat Cavan and also hope both Monaghan and Meath do not triumph.

6. Antrim – A win for Antrim, who are on four points with a scoring difference of -13, against Monaghan will ensure they avoid relegation. A draw would also suffice to keep them safe.

7. Sligo – If Sligo, currently on three points and with a scoring difference of -17,  fail to beat Wicklow then they are relegated. Even if they win, they must hope Antrim do not manage to win. If both Sligo and Antrim end up on the same number of points, Sligo will edge them out on the head-to-head record as they defeated the Saffron county earlier in the campaign.

8. Wicklow – The Garden County are rooted to the bottom of the table with two points and a scoring difference of -30. Their prospects do not look good as they need to beat Sligo, hope Antrim lose to Monaghan and that they can peg back the scoring difference between themselves and Antrim. If Wicklow and Antrim both finish on four points, then it will come down to scoring difference as the teams drew in their encounter earlier this season.

Fixtures – Sunday: Monaghan v Antrim, St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, 3pm, (Ref: Shane Hehir, Galway); Sligo v Wicklow, Markievicz Park, 3pm, (Ref: Barry Cassidy, Derry); Meath v Fermanagh, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, 3pm, (Ref: Padraig O’Sullivan, Kerry); Cavan v Roscommon, Kingspan Breffni Park, 3pm, (Ref: Fergal Kelly, Longford).

Dick Clerkin of Monaghan in action against Antrim.
Pic: INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton

Division 4

1. Limerick – Top of the table with 10 points, Limerick only need to draw in Ennis on Sunday to secure promotion. If they lose they can still qualify so long as it is a draw between Tipperary and Offaly. Otherwise Limerick would be likely to lose out for promotion as their scoring difference (+1) is inferior to the three teams below them.

2. Tipperary – The Premier County are on eight points and have a scoring difference of (+21). They know that a victory over Offaly on Sunday will see them promoted to Division 3. If they draw they will also be promoted as long as Clare do not win.

3. Offaly – Emmet McDonnell’s side are tied on eight points with Tipperary with a scoring difference of (+16). They know that they must win at home in Tullamore on Sunday to gain promotion.

4. Clare – Victory last Saturday against London has brought Clare back into the mix for promotion. They have eight points at the moment and must win at home to Limerick on Sunday to secure promotion.

5. Leitrim – The Connacht side are out of the running for promotion on four points ahead of their clash with London on Sunday.

6. Waterford – The Deise outfit’s last game away to Carlow on Sunday is academic as they are on four points and unable to gain promotion.

7. Carlow – Also on four points, Carlow are in the same position as Waterford ahead of their final clash.

8. London – The Exiles are bottom of the table on two points ahead of their final tie of the campaign against Leitrim.

Fixtures – Sunday: Leitrim v London, Carrick-on-Shannon, 1pm, (Ref: Pat Fox, Westmeath); Clare v Limerick, Cusack Park, Ennis, 3pm, (Ref: Jerome Henry, Mayo); Carlow v Waterford, Dr Cullen Park, 3pm, (Ref: Niall Ward, Westmeath); Offaly v Tipperary, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3pm, (Ref: Martin McNally, Monaghan).

Limerick’s Ian Ryan and Laurence Healy of Clare
Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

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