GAA Tips: John Mullane’s picks for the Leinster and Munster hurling finals

Huge weekend in the Championship

Comments

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

Galway v Kilkenny

Leinster Hurling Final, Saturday, 7pm

Live on RTE2, GAAGO App

For Galway, this is their opportunity. Kilkenny are going for three-in-a-row in Leinster. The last time the two of these met in a provincial decider was two years ago when Richie Hogan came in off the bench and the Cats stole that final.

I feel it’s Galway’s time. All their big players are in form and they look really good to me So I’ll give them my vote at the weekend, and if they do they should cover the handicap.

Handicap: Galway (-2)

 

WELCOME TO PADDY POWER NEWS!

Eoin Cody scored up in Salthill when these two teams last met. Mossy Keoghan is always a threat, as is Brian Concannon for Galway, but I’m going to go for Conor Whelan to strike first.

He’s in a rich vein of form and if you’re looking at the RTE Man of the Match market, either him or Cathal Mannion would look a good bet for it if Galway win.

First Goalscorer: Conor Whelan

HurlinggenericFeb19

Limerick v Clare

Munster Hurling Final, Sunday, 4pm

Live on RTE2, GAAGO App

A 46,000 sell-out for the Munster final, this is a real throwback to the earlier 2000s and the last time we had a full crowd in Thurles.

We’ve been starved of this kind of occasion for the last few years due to Covid, but now we have a full house for Semple Stadium to decide the provincial championship between to close neighbours -, it really whets the appetite

Limerick are going for their fourth in a row while Clare haven’t won Munster since 1998 and you just feel there’s an air of confidence starting to creep back in for the Banner. The Clare public are fully behind Brian Lohan and they are getting better match by match.

They’re big outsiders based on the prices but they won’t fear Limerick and will relish the challenge.

Are they good enough though? Limerick have been going along nicely, John Kiely will be content with how they’ve progressed to the Munster Final and he’ll be thinking ” there’s another gear to go up with this team.”

We might see that gear on Sunday.

There’s a lot of talk that Limerick will cruise here by 7 or 8 points. I think it’ll be a lot tighter than that, and with the handicap at -5, I wouldn’t rule out the handicap draw in this at a good value price.

Handicap: Draw (-5) 

Both of these teams are hitting the 30-point regularly, and they can do it even without hitting goals. They consistently put up the scores.

But I think there’ll be a few in this – Paddy has the over/under at closest to evens at 3.5 goals for the match – and I’ll go for Aidan Gillane to score first.

He sat out the first meeting of these teams in Ennis and I think that was a wise move by Kiely because he’ll be fresh for this.

First Goalscorer: Aaron Gillane

 

John Mullane’s Championship Weekend Hurling Tips

7pm Saturday – Kilkenny v Galway

4pm Sunday – Limerick v Clare

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

The latest GAA odds are on PaddyPower.com right now

READ MORE

THE PADDY POWER GUIDE TO SAFER GAMBLING – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

What do you think?