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Calling the result of this game is like having a penalty kick without having to face a goalkeeper in the nets. Limerick are going to win this Munster Championship game, it’s just a matter of how much they beat Waterford by.
Limerick were unfortunate to miss out on promotion to Division 2 of the National League, as they just lost out to eventual Division 3 champions Derry when the sides met in a promotion play-off. Meanwhile, Waterford managed just one win down in Division 4 and lack momentum coming into this quarter final.
This is an open and shut case really. The handicap is set at seven points, and I believe Limerick can just about better that. But, my best bet in this game is for Limerick to find the net first in the contest. They rattled in at least one goal in three of their four League games, and I see them raising the first green flag here.
Again, this a cut and dry case in terms of a winner and the question is, how big will Mayo’s margin of victory be? I believe the handicap of 14 points in favour of Sligo is way too generous altogether, and I fancy the Yeats County to take advantage of that here.
Mayo have lost their top scorer and their talisman Cillian O’Connor for the season through an Achilles tendon injury, which he picked up against Clare in the county’s last League game. Scores could be hard to come by for James Horan’s side because of that. Take Sligo to better the handicap on offer.
Kerry have a right buzz around them at the moment and they are second in the betting to be crowned All-Ireland champions. They’re a team in form, and they absolutely hockeyed Tyrone in the National League Division 1 semi-final two weeks ago. So, a lot of people will feel that they will do the same to Clare in this Munster Championship quarter final.
However, the men from The Banner County had a very good campaign in Division 2 of the League. They made it all the way to a promotion play-off, where they met Mayo. The men from the west won that day, but Clare ran up an impressive score of 2-18 against a strong Mayo side that day.
Clare are nobodies fools under Colm Collins, that’s for sure. I also believe they’re a good punt to beat the handicap in this match, which is set at 12 points. If Kerry arrive in the form they were in against Tyrone, than they’ll cover that handicap easily. However, I believe Clare will give them a much sterner test than Tyrone did.
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