Waterford hurling legend John Mullane has come out of the sun and joined the Paddy Power Blog to give us his exclusive opinion on the weekend’s fixtures. He’s backing the three favourites to cover their handicaps and set up a winning weekend for punters.
John Mullane’s hurling treble
Dublin -4, Kilkenny -11 and Tipperary -5: 13/2
Wexford v Dublin – Saturday, 7.00pm
The Dubs had a comfortable win in the league winning by 13 points the last time these two teams met at Wexford Park, but it should be an awful lot closer this time. Wexford are 5/2 and Dublin are 4/11 but the Dubs should be strong enough to win by five or more and beat the -4 handicap at evens.
Wexford have named their team and there is no Keith Rossiter and Darren Stamp has retired as we all know. Jack Guiney is back in the team but it won’t be enough and Dublin should be far too strong for this Wexford side.
Offaly v Kilkenny – Sunday, 2.00pm
There is no hope for Offaly and they have gone backwards since Joe Dooley left. They are 10/1 to win the game but you can’t back them and Kilkenny at 1/33 are unbackable for most punters.
Kilkenny are evens to beat the -11 handicap and that is the bet to look at. Kilkenny should beat the handicap quite easily, despite the absence of Henry Shefflin and possibly Michael Fennelly. Kilkenny will want to set out a stall and lay down a marker and the Cats should give Offaly a good thrashing.
Limerick v Tipperary – Sunday, 4.00pm, Live on RTE2
Limerick are without Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes and that will make things even harder. These two teams met in the under-21s and Limerick were disappointing in that fixture as well.
The Treaty County are 7/2 and Tipperary are 2/9 but the most interesting bet is Limerick to lead at half-time and Tipperary to win the game at 5/1. If punters are looking for a price Limerick are 11/4 to lead at half-time and the first score to be a Limerick point from play is 12/5. They are interesting bets for people who fancy Limerick getting off to a good start and pushing Tipp.
Saying that, the blue and gold of Tipp should have enough to win this game. They are 5/6 to cover the five point handicap and going on what we’ve seen from these two teams in the league, Tipperary should have too much for Limerick. Tipp should cover the handicap on Sunday.