Would it be true to say that Mayo are Tyrone's number 1 bogey team of the last 20 years?
They beat us more often than not in the league but they do seem to struggle against us in the summer.
Harte & Co should handle us easy enough on Sunday and I am sure they will score a couple of goals at a minimum whereas we could be there for a few weeks before we fashion a goal chance of any description!!
Mayo have scored one goal (a penalty) in 5 NFL games and Tyrone the same 1 goal from 5 games. Don't be surprised if this game is all points and no goals.
If I had to bet I'd say that Mayo won't score a goal and that Tyrone will. Mayo hadn't a clue how to deal with the Cavan defence or the Monaghan defence when they played them, especially as regards creating goal chances- I don't remember Beggan or Galligan even having to make a save, certainly neither of them were put under much in the way of pressure ; I'd expect Tyrone and Donegal to be aiming to keep Mayo goalless when they play them as well. By comparison Mayo have given up an absolute truckload of goal chances and only for Clarke making a ton of saves could be a lot worse off (Clarke picked up 2 if not 3 MOTM awards already in the league which is a very bad sign imo) The only hope is that Mayo go back to the sweeper system and I don't rate the odds of that happening as being that high, but it's tough to know.
Mayo have scored 1-68 so far versus Tyrone's 1-64. However Mayo have conceded 4-65 (77) to Tyrone's 2-50 (56) which is a fair difference over 5 games, especially when you take into the account the number of saves Clarke has had to make as opposed to Morgan and O'Neill have had to make.