The two teams who meet in Sunday’s All-Ireland final have proven this year to be the top two sides in hurling at the moment, as Limerick and Galway face off at 3.30pm in Croke Park.
Galway have taken the ‘direct’ route in winning Leinster, but have required replays to overcome their last two opponents, while Limerick took the quarter-final back door route to this stage.
These sides look extremely well matched and just two points separated them when they met in the National League, with the Treaty County coming out on top.
The Tribesmen undoubtedly have the experience, but Limerick’s fearless youth will count for a lot and this can be another tight classic All-Ireland final.
Racing Post pick: A Draw or either team to win by 1 to 4 – 10/11
A hallmark of The Shannonsiders’ journey to the All-Ireland final has been the use of their subs with John Kiely having full faith in the players he springs from the bench.
Shane Dowling has been a star for Limerick for years, but has had to settle for the ‘super-sub’ tag this year and this has already paid dividends for Limerick.
Dowling along with Peter Casey and Pat Ryan are usually the first three to enter the fray and the bench contributed 2-6 in total against Cork.
Kiely won’t be afraid to use his bench early, if needed, so back the Limerick subs to score over 3.5 points.
Racing Post pick: Limerick Subs Over 3.5 points – 5/6
We’ve been treated to some classic encounters in 2018 and this All-Ireland final has all the makings of another one. Both outfits have hit huge scores across the year, especially Limerick, who have the killer instinct to go for goal when needed.
The middle third is likely to be congested leaving plenty of space for the inside forward lines to take scores.
Limerick’s last two games have had over 51.5 points in normal-time, while two of Galway’s last three have had 52 points or more – the only exception being their trip to Thurles against Clare.
Racing Post pick: Over 51.5 Total Match Points – 5/6
* All odds correct at time of posting.