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This is the clash of two unbeaten teams at Semple Stadium. Going by last weekend’s games, you’d have to be impressed by how Galway went about their business against Limerick. But, these Tipp v Galway games tend to take on a life of their own.
Tipperary have had two draws in the National Hurling League so far, and while the Limerick draw will have been pleasing for them, I believe Liam Sheedy will be disappointed with last week’s stalemate with Cork and with the fact that they didn’t win that one. Tipperary racked up wides last weekend and that is what cost them victory in a good battling performance.
I’d expect this Saturday’s game to be a tight affair again. But, I have to go with Galway to win here, as they’ll be confident after last week’s brilliant win over the All-Ireland champions. Shane O’Neill’s men are probably more assured of where they are now heading into the Championship after that win.
Whereas Sheedy’s Tipp probably require a few more tweaks in certain areas before their Championship campaign gets going, and that’s why my nod is going with Galway on Saturday.
The eight-point handicap on offer here makes this game a tricky one to figure out on who to side with. Antrim put up a gallant performance against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park, we all know it’s a very tough venue to get anything at. But, The Saffrons gave Brian Cody’s side a good scare in that game. They will be buoyed by that performance, as well as their stunning victory over Clare two weeks ago.
For their part, The Dubs left the game with Kilkenny behind them in their opening fixture after having an awful lot of possession and their manager Mattie Kenny will still be ruing that they didn’t win that one. But, they bounced back last week to defeat Laois away by eight points.
I like what I see from this Antrim outfit and I believe a lot of pundits were disrespectful towards them before this season started. I reckon Dublin will win on Saturday evening, but Antrim might enjoy the surroundings of Parnell Park as it is a tight venue. That’s why I’m tipping Antrim (+8) here.
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