Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke knows that Donegal will have their homework done on his side following their impressive win over Armagh on Sunday.
Having dethroned Jim McGuinness’ side from their provincial perch last term, this eagerly anticipated Ulster SFC decider rematch is expected to be close and physical.
Speaking in Clones at the weekend, O’Rourke said: "Donegal have got two chances to watch us now.
“They have a lot of hurt from last year – they probably have a lot of hurt from the League final as well. I can’ talk for Donegal but I’m sure they’ll come in mad keen for a big performance.
“We are just glad to be there and will prepare as best we can. I was very impressed with them against Derry. They shut them out completely. They seem to have a great hunger and a great workrate.
“They were very efficient in the second-half against Antrim and we know this will be a massive challenge. Donegal had a bit of an off-year last term but people forget they were All-Ireland champions two seasons ago, won two Ulster championships, were beat in a third and are now back again.
“There is serious pedigree there. It is going to be a serious challenge but that’s why you play football.”
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