Donegal manager  Jim McGuinness: ready to pit his wits against Jim Gavin and the reigning All-Ireland champions. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Potentially fascinating contest beckons but the odds are against Jim McGuinness's side

Mayo’s  Andy Moran has been more influential coming off the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kerry’s tactical edge may not be as crucial now that Mayo have learned their lesson

Dublin’s Dermot Connolly is grabbed by Donegal’s Neil McGee following an incident that resulted in a straight red card for Connolly. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Was the semi-final football’s dark ages or the dawn of a seminal shift in tactics?

Lee Keegan of Mayo is shown the red card by referee David Goldrick last Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All Star wing-back was able to avoid suspension on the basis of a technicality

Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan and Donal Vaughan of Mayo compete for possession during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

In difficult circumstances the Gaelic Grounds is a perfectly good venue for Kerry and Mayo

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Keith Higgins of Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Both sides have reason to feel relieved after Mayo ignite All-Ireland semi-final comeback

Mayo retain 13 players who started the semi-final between the counties three years ago. Just four Kerry players remain from that day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Iinpho

The danger is lack of change in team selectation can easily cross the line from experience into stagnation

Mayo’s Alan Freeman: at his best he represents an excellent option at full-forward. Photo: Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

New-look Kerry team may be at full-steam ahead but their final destination remains down the line

Cork’s Aidan Walsh, Lorcan McLoughlin and Daniel Kearney tackle Seamus Callanan of Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Reverting to the four quarter-finals format would address the gap between matches

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