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Here is all everything you will need to know ahead of Saturday’s senior hurling Round 2 qualifier between Waterford and Galway
The match will throw in at 14:00 on Saturday, 24th July in the Semple Stadium, Tipperary. Sky Sport Arena will also be televising the match for those who are stuck at home.
Waterford reached this point after losing to a Tony Kelly inspired Clare, they since narrowly knocked out Laois in round one to put them back on form.
Other the other side of the coin, Galway found themselves in the qualifiers after being stunned in a four-point defeat to Dublin.
This match could prove to be a battle between two current county legends, Austin Gleeson and Joe Canning. It will be interesting to see who has the greater attacking threat for their side and who can be nullified.
These two last faced each other in the Hurling League in early June. Galway won the tie scoring 4-28 to Waterford’s 3-23; let’s hope this game is just as exciting.
— Jack Murray (@mediamurray) September 3, 2017
Shaun O’Brien; Conor Gleeson, Conor Prunty, Ian Kenny; Calum Lyons, Shane Bennett, Kieran Bennett; Jamie Barron, Peter Hogan; Jack Fagan, Jack Prendergast, Stephen Bennett; Dessie Hutchinson, Austin Gleeson, Patrick Curran.
Subs: Billy Nolan, Shane McNulty, Darragh Lyons, Billy Power, Shane Fives, Michael Kiely, Neil Montgomery, Jake Dillon, Colin Dunford, Kevin Moran, Mikey Kearney
Darach Fahy; Shane Cooney, Gearoid McInerney, Darren Morrissey; Padraic Mannion, Daithi Burke, Aidan Harte; Sean Loftus, Cathal Mannion; Joseph Cooney, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney; Sean Linnane, Joe Canning, Brian Concannon.
Subs: Mark Fahy, Jack Fitzpatrick, TJ Brennan, Adrian Tuohy, Fintan Burke, David Burke, Johnny Coen, Niall Burke, Evan Niland, Jason Flynn, Kevin Cooney.
That was too close for comfort for #Waterford vs #Laois, a fresh addition to the list of major hurling counties @CharlieFlanagan. That was one of the closest 5-point game I’ve ever watched. pic.twitter.com/EgJS5nYwUK
— Daniel Mulhall (@DanMulhall) July 17, 2021
Galway are the bookies’ favourites with odds of 4/9.
A draw has odds of 10/1.
Waterford are still given a good chance by the bookmakers with odds of 2/1 to win.
After their shock in the Leinster championship, expect Galway to come out and prove a point. They won’t be as lazy and lack lustre, they will want to win.
This still young Waterford side has shown their quality but it will be hard to see them dealing with the Tribesmen firing on all cylinders.
Expect to see Galway having the cutting edge to win this game by three or more scores.
Throw-in at Thurles is 2pm.
— Galway Bay FM Sport (@gbfmsports) July 19, 2021