Galway (-3) – 5/6
Wexford and Galway meet in round three of the Leinster Championship on Saturday afternoon, with the All Ireland Champions coming off the back of an impressive display against Kilkenny at home six-days ago.
Galway took their time in finally finishing off The Cats, but their second-half performance was devastating with Joe Canning, Conor Cooney and Conor Whelan leading the charge up front. Canning and Cooney hit 1-16 between them, and it was Cooney’s three points in-a-row around the 65th minute, that sealed the victory for Galway.
The Yellowbellies were facile winners of a poor Offaly outfit last weekend, and this will be a much greater challenge for Davy Fitzgerald’s side. Davy had them primed when these sides met in the National League quarter-final and were three point victors, but this Tribesmen side is a different animal in Championship.
Galway’s spine of Daithi Burke, Gearoid McInerney, Canning and Whelan is unstoppable and they bring huge physicality to an already physical Galway side. While Wexford will look to turn this into a battle, Galway’s strength and firepower upfront should prove the difference.
Racing Post Pick: Galway -3
Limerick to win – 7/5
Cork coughed up a nine point half-time lead over Tipperary six-days ago, and although they scraped through with a draw, John Meyler will be concerned with their second half performance.
Although Tipp came out a different team, The Rebels struggled to contain them and they seemed overwhelmed by their intensity in the second-half. Limerick however, dominated Tipperary in round one and they were full value for their six-point victory.
The weekend off since then will have given them a chance to work on some of their mistakes, while Cork enter their third-game in as many weeks. Cork’s full-forward line hit 1-12 from play against Tipperary, but they were given an easy time from their opponents in the first-half, and you can expect the Treaty County to be much tighter.
Cian Lynch’s move to midfield has made a huge difference to this Limerick side, as he provides the link between defence and attack, and Limerick’s distribution of possession to their scorers was key against Tipperary. Aaron Gillane is a constant threat at full-forward, and if the Limerick side can sharpen up their shooting, they are capable of causing an upset.
Racing Post Pick: Limerick to win
Monaghan under 18.5 points – 4/5
If you were to believe the betting, Monaghan should already start planning for an Ulster final. Tyrone’s conquerors are 1/5 with Paddy Power to see off Fermanagh in 70 minutes and odds-on to defy a five-point handicap.
That suggests it will be all one-way traffic in Omagh, but it might not be so straightforward. Rory Gallagher has made giant strides since taking over at the helm of Fermanagh, securing promotion to Division 2 despite a narrow reversal in the Division 3 decider at the hands of Armagh.
They dished out revenge for that defeat in their Ulster championship opener last month, only conceding 0-7 to Armagh and securing a very comfortable five-point win. Their defence was very impressive indeed. The had the best defensive record in Division 3, where they only conceded 78 points in their seven group games – an average of just 11 points per game.
With that in mind, Monaghan might struggle to get to 19 points so the advice is to back them to score under 18.5 points.
Racing Post Pick: Monaghan under 18.5 points
* All odds correct at time of posting.