We have a traditional All-Ireland hurling final, one which few could have expected at the start of the season, but an open, free-flowing attacking game of hurling looks to be in store. With neither side expected to deploy a sweeper, attacking units have the main say in where the Liam MacCarthy ends up on Sunday night.
It’s hard to envisage the Kilkenny defense keeping all four of Seamus Callanan, John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, Jason Forde and John McGrath quiet and if two of that quartet play to the peak of their powers, it might be enough to get Tipperary over the line. It could be attacking flair that wins the day.
TJ Reid is hot favourite to be awarded the Hurler of the Year award come the end of the championship and while he has had a stunning season, he looks far too short to out-score Jason Forde in a scoring match bet. The Tipperary free-taker has helped himself to 2-59 in his seven games to date, an average of 9.24 points per game, and with Tipperary expected to land the spoils, he could play a pivotal role in the success.
Odds of 5/4 about him out-scoring Reid look very generous.
Tipperary exploded from the traps in Munster earlier this summer and it was their ability to score goals which saw them ease past their rivals. Seamus Callanan has been in red-hot goalscoring form all summer and Liam Sheedy is sure to target a fragile Kilkenny full-back line. If the Tipperary attack is on song there could be lots of goals on the menu and odds of 8/11 on Tipperary scoring two or more goals make plenty of appeal.