Limerick v Cork: Alternative Handicap Limerick (-3) – 6/5
Given the form of John Meyler’s Rebels heading into this contest with the All-Ireland champions, our traders have been pretty generous with this price.
Cork have struggled in Division 1A this season and they’ve missed some of their young stars badly thanks to Fitzgibbon Cup and club commitments. Meyler’s men only managed 1-05 from play when beating Clare at Paric Ui Rinn last weekend and the Banner County will be still scratching their heads as to how didn’t leave Cork with two points.
Limerick meanwhile, could hardly be in a better position heading into the game after utterly battering Kilkenny by nine points in Nowlan Park last time out. While their opponents seem to be on the hunt to find players to fill out their squad, John Kiely has no such worries and his bench crew has stepped up time and time again for the Treaty County.
The Limerick supermo may be without the brilliant Aaron Gillane and Paddy O’Loughlin who line out on opposite sides in Saturday’s Fitzgibbon Cup final, but Cork could lose out on the likes of Shane Kingston, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Luke Meade and Mark Coleman because of the game.
We just can’t see The Rebels pulling off a shock here because of that and we’re backing Limerick (-3) at 6/5.
Clare v Wexford: Clare (-3) – Evens
If Clare lacked motivation heading into this one, then the sight of their former All-Ireland winning boss Davy Fitzgerald in Wexford colours on the sideline should be all they need to get going.
The Banner men will be warned by joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor to mind their P&Qs on Sunday after coughing up 15 points to Patrick Horgan frees in their three-point loss to Cork.
Wexford have proven to be a tough nut to crack this season, just ask Tipperary and Cork about that.
They’ll also be bouncing after coming from eight points down to secure a home victory over the Premier County last Sunday.
Clare are notoriously hard to beat in Cusack Park though, and we believe they’ve got enough to see off their visitors here by more than three points at evens.
Dublin v Waterford: Waterford (-2) – Evens
On Sunday, we might finally get the answer to whether Waterford are hurling’s best kept secret this season.
The Déise under new boss Pauric Fanning have pummelled minnows Offaly, Laois and Carlow so far in the National League – battering in a total of nine goals and 65 points in the process. Given that they are yet to play a top tier team, it’s been hard to get a read on Waterford. Sunday’s clash with Dublin should at least answer a few questions on them.
The Dubs battled hard in their six-point defeat to Galway in Salthill last week, but Mattie Kenny has a lot of work to do to get his charges back challenging for honours.
Despite the fact this game takes place in Parnell Park, Waterford hold all the aces when it comes to firepower with Austin Gleeson, Jamie Barron, Stephen Bennett and Tom Ryan all available for them.
That’s why they’re our tip to close out our treble on the (-2) handicap at Evens.
* All odds correct at time of posting