Five things to know about Meath vs Tyrone, live on Sky Sports

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It is round one of the All-Ireland qualifiers, and the stakes are massive. To put it simply, the winner progresses to the next round, and the summer is over for the loser. FormBoth teams come into the tie off the back of shock losses. Tyrone went down to neighbours Monaghan by three points in the Ulster quarter-final. Meath also fell at the first hurdle, as Longford scored their first win over the Royals since 1982.Who are the favourites?Last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists Tyrone are heavy favourites in this one. Despite the loss to Monaghan, many will view Mickey Harte’s side as real contenders this year if they can put in a performance to get their season back on track.There is not much recent evidence to suggest Meath can cause an upset here, but home advantage could be key as Andy McEntee’s side plot a surprise.What are the experts saying?Former Mayo and Armagh footballer Billy Joe Padden was speaking to the Sky Sports GAA Podcast.”Mickey Harte will have very much in his mind, that whatever it takes, if it comes down to a battle of nerves in the last ten minutes, that they’ll be there to win it with the experience they have.” LISTEN: Sky Sports GAA Podcast Expert analysis ahead of a major weekend of action Key menTyrone: Connor McAliskeyTyrone’s backs are against the wall, and the added pressure the qualifiers bring means that they are likely to revert to type – a defensive set-up. That means they’ll have to be clinical in the forwards, and sharpshooter Connor McAliskey will need to be accurate.Meath: Graham ReillyReilly is the focal point of this Royal attack, and carries great expectation on his shoulders to produce the goods. After he led the line against Longford, Tyrone will be eager to keep him under wraps and limit his threat.Where to watch it?It is on Sky Sports Arena. Coverage gets underway on Saturday at 4:30PM.You can now receive all the latest GAA news and more on your personal devices. The Sky Sports mobile app will keep you up to date with the latest news from your favourite sports, now including GAA – here’s how to receive the alerts you want.Tune in on Saturday as Meath host Tyrone (Gaelic football) and Kilkenny take on Wexford (hurling). Coverage gets underway from 4:30pm on Sky Sports Arena
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