This game is effectively a Munster Hurling semi-final. The game is live on RTE 1 television at 2pm from Ennis and we will also have live score updates on sportsnewsireland.com
Looking ahead to the game both sides have had superb Munster campaigns this year so far. Clare had a good win over Tipperary last weekend in what was one of the best games of hurling I have ever seen, it was end to end. Joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor will have been pleased with the performance. Clare will once again look to players like Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, Shane O’Donnell and David McInerney to spur them on to a Munster Final with Cork.
Limerick come into the game on the back of hammering Waterford last weekend, players like Shane Dowling and Cian Lynch starred in that game. Limerick will also welcome back Aaron Gillane to side after he was suspended for the Waterford game. They possess a solid defence with Mike Casey, Diarmuid Byrnes and Richie English to name but a few. in attack Graeme Mulcahy, Kyle Hayes, Shane Dowling and Aaron Gillane are all likely to ask questions of the Clare defence.
They return to Cusack Park, Ennis for what will be the first Munster championship clash between there since 1993 when Clare won by 3-16 to 3-12.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2017: Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2016: Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2015: Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
A draw would be enough for Limerick to clinch a place in the final while a draw would also be enough for Clare if Waterford beat Cork.
If Clare and Cork both win, they will meet in the final for a second successive year.
If Clare and Limerick draw and Cork lose, it will be a Clare v Limerick final for the first time since 1995
Both sides have yet to name their starting teams once we get them we will publish them here.
Their is little to choose between the sides according to the bookies at least. Clare are 5/4, Limerick are 5/6 and the draw is a tasty looking 9/1. In terms of other markets, John Conlon to score a goal at any stage is 23/10, or if you fancy a Limerick man to do so anytime Graeme Mulcahy is 15/8. I like the man of the match odds for Tony Kelly at 10/1 he tends to deliver in big games so they would be my bets for this game.