GAA Tips: John Mullane’s best picks for this weekend’s All-Ireland Hurling action

The four-time Munster champ is casting his eye over Antrim v Cork and Kerry v Wexford.

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We’ve got another big weekend of GAA All-Ireland Hurling to get stuck into and we’ve got Waterford legend John Mullane to guide us through the action.

On the agenda for John is Antrim v Cork and Kerry v Wexford.

Saturday 2pm: Antrim v Cork

Belfast’s Corrigan Park is a difficult venue to go to and league results have shown that over the past two years. Antrim are a difficult nut to crack. They’ve had some very, very good results – they drew with Wexford at home and were extremely unlucky not to draw with Waterford this year. They beat Clare last year, let’s not forget, and look where Clare are right now.

Kieran Kingston and his management team will give Antrim all the respect they deserve. They’re raising green flags, they scored five goals last weekend, and they seem to raise their game when they travel to Belfast’s Corrigan Park.

I fancy Cork to win the match but they will have to go with the same approach as they did for the Waterford game. If they do that, they’ll win it.

But I’m expecting Antrim to give a good account of themselves, they’ve got some top, top players and can get within the handicap line of 12 points against Cork.

So I’m going to go for a Cork win, between the 7-9 point margin.

I’m siding with Antrim to cover the 12-point spread in the handicap.

Goalscorer markets

For a goalscorer, in other years you’d be looking at Patrick Horgan to raise the green flag as an anytime goalscorer, but I’m going to go for Shane Kingston. I’ve been very impressed by him the last two games and he could be the man at the weekend and be an anytime goalscorer option.

Over / under Goals market 

This game could see more than 4.5 goals mark. Cork will be thinking about scoring goals and Antrim have scored 25 goals this season already – including five last weekend. It could be a goal-fest.

Saturday 2pm: Kerry v Wexford

Kerry were 13 points down at one stage last weekend and they never threw in the towel. They kept going to the end. They’ve got some top players who would get into any Championship 15. They have players who can hurt the opposition. Last weekend they scored 4-24, that’s serious shooting.

The fact that Wexford came unstuck last time out will help them to get their mindset right in this fixture

It’s a difficult venue to go to and all the talk in the next couple of years will be about whether Kerry can force their way into the Munster Championship.

The handicap line is 13 points in this and that’s a lot for a clash like this. I expect Wexford to win it, but will they cover that 13 point spread? A bit like the first game, I’d imagine be about a 7-9 points margin for Wexford.

However, I’ll also go for Kerry to give a good account of themselves and cover the 13-point spread.

Goalscorer markets 

Jordan Conway scored two goals when he came on last weekend and I’m fully expecting him to start. Shane Conway is a man who can raise a green flag, he was very unlucky last weekend not to score a goal. But I’m going to go for Rory O’Connor to be the first goalscorer of this match.

Hurling tips for this weekend:

Saturday 2pm: Antrim v Cork

  • Cork to Win by 7-9 Points
    Antrim +12
    Shane Kingston to Score Anytime
    Over 4.5 Goals

Saturday 2pm: Kerry v Wexford

  • Wexford to Win by 7-9 Points
    Kerry +13
    Rory O’Connor First Goalscorer

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