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3 key questions ahead of the final

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Edwin McGreal

1 Who will make Mayo’s squad?
WE cannot recall as much interest in the composition of Mayo’s match-day 26 than has been the case in recent weeks, and it will continue in the run-up to Sunday.
Established players like Tom Parsons, Seamie O’Shea and Donie Vaughan did not make the cut again last weekend. Nor did relative newcomers like Fionn McDonagh, Eoin O’Donoghue and Fergal Boland, to name but a few.
All week Mayo fans will speculate on what the starting team should be, what it will be, and wonder who will make the bench. It’s a good position to be in!

2 How will Kerry’s defeat impact?
IT’S not that long ago that Mayo were preparing to go to Tuam Stadium fiercely worried about Galway winning and relegating their neighbours.
Now, we’ve witnessed Cork beating Kerry and talked about a possible path to an All-Ireland final for the Connacht champions.
It’s clear that things have opened up for Mayo, but also for Galway, Cork and Tipperary. Looking down to Munster brings its own dangers.  
It felt like there was an edge to Mayo against Roscommon; they will need to find a similar drive and motivation on Sunday.
Lest we forget – Galway have beaten Mayo in their last three Connacht championship clashes.

3 How will Galway set up?
MAYO’S approach appears quite set in stone but how will Galway line out?
They have been kicking their heels since league defeats to Dublin and Mayo, and it remains to be seen what sort of system Padraic Joyce will set up with.
They went out with a very open approach in Tuam and were heavily beaten by Mayo.
Will Joyce look at a more defensive mindset, similar to that employed by Kevin Walsh, or will he decide that it wasn’t the system that let Galway down in Tuam, but the abject displays of so many players?
It’s a big decision he has to make.

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