Saturday, Wexford v Kilkenny: Wexford to win – 7/4
Perhaps we have been lulled into a false sense of security with Kilkenny. Are they actually as good as we thought?
They were outplayed for much of the first half against Dublin before rectifying the situation in the second half and were beaten on home soil last Sunday by a Galway side missing their best player in Joe Canning. Wexford are still undefeated in the 2019 Leinster Championship with two draws and a win.
Home advantage could see Davy Fitzgerald pull off a massive shock here. If Conor McDonald, Liam Og McGovern and Lee Chin are on top form, the Model County could have too much for Kilkenny up front.
Sunday, Tipperary v Limerick: Limerick under 25.5 points – 10/11
Both these teams have been shooting the lights out of late, but do not expect scores to be so plentiful at Semple Stadium on Sunday given the weather forecast.
It will almost certainly be wet, and a slippery sliotar will make it hard for either team to get to 25 points. While Limerick have reached 30 points and 31 points in their last two Munster outings against Waterford and Clare, they only scored 1-19 in their loss to Cork and it could pay to back under 25.5 Limerick points at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
Tipperary have already proved they have some of the best forwards in the game in the shape of Seamus Callanan, Jason Forde, John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and John McGrath, so perhaps Liam Sheedy will use this encounter to try tighten up his defence. This could be lower scoring than the layers are predicting.
Sunday, Galway v Roscommon: Roscommon to win – 5/2
Galway have not impressed in 2019. They flattered to deceive in the National League, were lucky to escape with a four-point win against London in Ruislip in their Connacht opener and only pulled clear of Sligo in the closing stages of the second half in their most recent outing.
Imagine, they only scored five points in the opening half of that encounter. Roscommon are coming into the game on a crest of a wave following their minimum margin win over Mayo. They were asked serious questions during that clash, but kept coming up with the answers.
Conor Cox has proved a revelation and Roscommon now have options up front. In fact, their attacking unit is more dangerous than Galway’s, especially with Damien Comer missing. Anthony Cunningham’s charges look massive value at 5/2.
* All odds correct at time of posting and may vary up to throw-in.