Limerick (-5) – Evens
Pat Gilroy and his management team, which includes former Galway boss Anthony Cunningham, are playing the waiting game with Dublin judging by their personnel and performances in the first two rounds of Division 1B.
They also appear to have put all their eggs in the championship basket. The Dubs have only banked two points from a possible four, and were lucky to escape unscathed from their trip to Antrim last week as it took a last-gasp point from Donal Burke to get them over the line.
It is hard to forgive their 2-25 to 1-15 loss to Offaly in round one too. Limerick have waltzed their way to the top of the table thanks to wins over Laois (1-25 to 0-18) and Offaly (1-24 to 0-10). Aaron Gillane has been the star of the show so far with 1-19 in the two outings.
On a strict line through Offaly, it should be a stroll in the park for Limerick and, while it doesn’t always work like that, it is hard to envisage anything other than a wide-margin home win and the five-point handicap should be taken care of at odds of 10/11.
Racing Post pick: Limerick -5
Wexford to lead at half-time – 15/8
Having exploded from the traps on the way to topping Division 1B in 2017, Wexford have once again started their league campaign with a flourish.
They have disposed of Waterford and Cork in the first two rounds and are already eyeing a spot in the knockout stages. Davy Fitzgerald will know that a good start could prove paramount against a side like Tipperary, who are best when allowed to dictate their own terms.
Wexford were 0-7 to 0-0 to the good against Waterford in round one after just 16 minutes and expect a similarly explosive start this time. It was only in the second-half that Tipperary’s class shone through in their defeat of Waterford and they could be playing catch-up against a lively Wexford side.
15/8 is available with Paddy Power for the Model County to lead at half-time and that looks a wise wager.
Racing Post pick: Wexford to lead at half-time
Clare to win by 1-3 points – 7/2
Clare are sitting pretty at the top of Division 1A alongside Wexford following comprehensive wins over Tipperary (1-21 to 0-19) and Kilkenny (1-21 to 1-18), while Cork were unable to repeat their opening day success over Kilkenny (1-24 to 0-24) against Wexford last time out.
Clare attacker David Reidy has been the name on everyone’s lips after scoring a total of 2-10 in their two games to date, while Peter Duggan has contributed 0-9 as well. There is more potency in the Clare attack this spring and, with the benefit of home advantage, they can make it three wins on the bounce.
Cork are sure to push them all the way, though, and backing the hosts to win by one, two or three points looks the way to go.
Racing Post pick: Clare to win by 1-3 points
* All odds correct at time of posting.