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Limerick v Cork on Saturday is the big game in the Munster Championship. It could also be the closest contest of all the Championship matches on the day too. Limerick had a very good National League campaign in Division 3, and only just missed out on a spot in Division 2 after losing to a very good Derry side in a promotion play-off.
Cork, meanwhile, were lucky to survive in Division 2 of the League and we’re pushed to the limit by Westmeath in a relegation decider. I believe the odds that show The Rebels as big favourites to win this are a bit false here.
There really isn’t as much between these counties as the markets would suggest and Limerick are most certainly a bet to defend their current handicap of seven points. Cork have gone backwards yet again, and the chances of them winning Munster are slim-to-none. I’d nearly go as far as saying Limerick have a right shot of causing an upset in this Munster semi-final.
I felt at the start of the year that Tyrone might kick on now that they finally have new management, but instead of that they seem to have gone backwards. Their new boss Feargal Logan must be saying to himself ‘why did I take this job?’ .Meanwhile, former manager Mickey Harte could be thinking ‘I’m happy to be in charge of Louth now’.
But, things are much worse for the current Ulster champions Cavan. They bombed out in the National League and now find themselves in Division 4 after being beaten by a very unfancied Wicklow outfit in a relegation play-off. That Wicklow team then went on to be surprisingly knocked out of the Championship a few weeks ago by an equally unheralded Wexford side. That just shows you how poor Cavan’s record has been in 2021.
Mickey Graham’s charges came into the 2020 Championship campaign with a very similar terrible set of results in the League though, and we all saw them shockingly turn it around in spectacular fashion late last year to become kingpins in Ulster. But, I don’t believe lightning can strike twice for Cavan. I’m going with Tyrone to win this one, and they should do it with a bit in reserve too.
Tipperary may be the current Munster champions, but they will probably be made to give up their defence of that crown on Saturday. This tie really is a matter of just how much Kerry win the game by. The Kingdom have just been annihilating teams all around them since the 2021 season began, and most of those opponents came from a much higher Division than what Tipperary currently reside in.
The Premier County have unfortunately emulated Cavan as a surprising provincial champion from last year, who has been relegated to the bottom tier of the National League this term. That’s a huge fall from grace in the space of less than a year.
The one thing Tipperary do have is a lot of pride though, and maybe they aren’t as bad as the current handicap of 16 points suggests. Tipp really should be able to hold Kerry’s margin of victory to below that mark, even with the current scoring spree Peter Keane’s men are on. So, I’m tipping Tipp (+16) in this one.
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