Fermanagh host Armagh on Sunday in round five of the National Football league in desperate need of a win to stave off relegation to Division Three.

With only one win from their opening four fixtures Fermanagh will need to win at least two of their remaining three games if they are going to give themselves a realistic chance of staying in Division Two.

And of course this year retaining Division Two status has the added incentive of avoiding a trip to the tier two championship should they not reach the Ulster final.

Armagh on the other hand come to Brewster Park having two wins, a draw and one defeat from their four outings and they are one of four teams on five points, and are one point behind league leaders Cavan.

Division Two has been especially competitive this season and that can be evidenced from the fact that Fermanagh will feel they left the game behind them against the Breffni men last week, where a combination of missed opportunities and the conceding of poor goals was their undoing.

The big challenge now for Fermanagh is to eradicate the concession of bad goals and at the other end sharpen up their shooting boots.

Only Ciaran Corrigan has provided a consistent attacking threat and Ryan McMenamin will be desperate to find another player to help carry the load in this regard.

All that might mean that should Tomás Corrigan be fit to play that he gets the call. At his best Corrigan has proven he can can cause consternation in the very meanest of defences and Fermanagh desperately need a spark in attack.

Armagh meanwhile have played some breathtaking football going forward in this year’s league and are the top scorers in the division racking up 4-59. That is an average of 1-14 with Fermanagh averaging just over 12 points an encounter.

Armagh have a multitude of dangerous forwards with Rian O’Neill, Jamie Clarke and Stefan Campbell all players who have the potential to be match winners.

The midfield battle will as always be crucial with the Orchard county looking to Oisin O’Neill, Niall Grimley and Jarlath Og Burns to win a lion’s share of possession.

For the Erne men Eoin Donnelly has been consistently impressive in this sector. Stephen McGullion has been partnering the Coa man and has shown flashes of being able to operate very effectively at this level and will improve with the more game time that he gets.

Fermanagh will be confident that they can at least break even around the middle third and from there it will be a case of making their attacking contributions count, because the likelihood is that Armagh will at the other end.

In the league Fermanagh have failed to beat Armagh on the last six occasions the sides have met in league action. If that trend continues the uphill battle for survival will become mountainous.