Tipperary v Dublin, Saturday, 4.30pm, Thurles
Another massive game for both sides with Tipperary very much to progress to the semi-finals here. Liam Sheedy will be looking for a repeat performance of last weekend. Dublin have had a break since their win over Laois.
Looking at Liam Sheedy’s Premier County, they finished fourth in Division 1A hence why they play table toppers in 1B Dublin here. Despite losing three games they still made it to the quarter final stages as Wexford beat Kilkenny and they themselves hammered Cork by 13 points in an utterly dominant display. The two wins came against Cork and Clare, while they suffered losses to Kilkenny, Wexford and Limerick. Mattie Kenny’s Dublin have had a superb spring topping Division 1b is massive for them, with 5 games played, they won and lost 1, The wins coming against Carlow, Laois, Offaly and Waterford, the only blip was against Galway.
So what can we expect in terms of teams, honestly why change something if it is working would be my stance on things. Tipperary showed when they gel as a team they are very hard to stop. James Barry and Padraic Maher excelled in defence against Cork, while Ballina man Michael Breen was outstanding raising six white flags. In attack Jason Forde put in a massive game yet again, while Callanan and Niall O’Meara also hurled well. Dublin will once again look to Eoghan O’Donnell, Shane Barrett, Sean Moran and Chris Crummey in defence, while Rian McBride in midfield will also need to have a big game. In attack then players like Danny Sutcliffe, Oisin O’Rourke and Liam Rushe.
Tipperary are 2/9 favourites, Dublin are 4/1 and the draw is 11/1. Seamus Callanan to score the first goal at 11/2 looks a good bet here.