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Derry and Monaghan are set to clash once more in the Championship, marking their second meeting this season..

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In their previous meeting, Derry emerged victorious in the Ulster semi-final with a convincing scoreline of 1-21 to 2-10. Furthermore, Derry had also beaten Monaghan in last year’s Ulster semi-final, establishing a pattern of dominance in recent clashes.

Championship 2023:

Derry’s championship journey so far has been commendable. They edged out Fermanagh in the Ulster quarter-final by a scoreline of 3-17 to 2-8. Their triumph continued in the Ulster semi-final against Monaghan, where they took a comfortable 1-21 to 2-10 win. However, their final Ulster meeting with Armagh proved to be a hotly contested affair, requiring extra time and a penalty shootout. Derry emerged victorious, winning 1-15 to 0-18 (3-1 on penalties).

Top scorers:

Shane McGuigan has been in sensational form for Derry, putting up an impressive 2-21 tally, with 0-10 from the free kick and 1-0 from the penalty. Brendan Rogers and Paul Cassidy have also made notable contributions, both going 1-4.

Monaghan’s campaign saw them defeat Tyrone by a narrow margin of 2-17 to 1-18. However, he faced a setback in his clash with Derry, succumbing to a 1-21 to 2-10 defeat.

Amongst Monaghan’s leading scorers, Conor McManus has been the standout player, showing his accuracy from the placed balls at 0-12 to his name. Karl O’Connell and Stephen O’Hanlon, along with Ryan O’Toole, each contributed 1-1, highlighting the team’s attacking prowess.

Recent Championship Meetings:

Derry and Monaghan have met in the Championship on multiple occasions. In their last five meetings, Derry have emerged victorious in three instances, including most recently meeting in the 2023 Ulster semi-final. Monaghan’s lone triumph came in 2008 during an All-Ireland qualifier, where they secured a narrow 1-13 victory. to 1-12.

Key points:

Derry have had an impressive run in the Championship, losing just one of their last eight games, which came against Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final. They have shown their ability to overcome strong opposition, beating the likes of Tyrone, Monaghan, Donegal, Clare the year before and Fermanagh, Monaghan, Armagh this year.

On the other hand, Monaghan are currently looking for their first win against Derry since 2008. They have suffered defeat in their last four Championship meetings with Derry, emphasizing the challenge they face.

Furthermore, recent clashes between Derry and Monaghan have been characterized by high-scoring affairs, with a total of 9-96 recorded over the last three meetings.

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Derry v Monaghan Prediction

Derry’s dominant form and recent successes against Monaghan make them favorites going into this upcoming clash. However, Monaghan will be determined to turn his fortunes around and secure a long-awaited victory, setting the stage for an exciting and hard-fought battle on the championship stage.

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