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John Mullane: Laois will push Galway closer than you expect but home advantage should give Kilkenny the edge

Waterford hurling legend John Mullane gives us the low-down on this weekend's biggest Championship matches.

by Rob Dore | June 19, 2015

Galway v Laois, Saturday 5pm

Galway are a real Jeckyl and Hyde team. Their form can be very up and down as we saw in the two Dublin games. Laois on the other hand are coming off a massive performance over Offaly, beating them for the first time in over 40 years.

Galway found an awful lot of space, particularly in the full-forward line, against Dublin. I don’t foresee that happening against Laois, who tend to get an awful lot of bodies behind the ball.

Galway v Laois (pic: Inpho)

Galway are strong favourites at 12/1 but I think this game is going to be a lot closer than most people think. Laois hurling is in a good place at the moment and I see them covering the handicap. They won’t win this game but they’ll be inside the eight point handicap.

John’s Tip: Laois +8pts at 10/11

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Kilkenny v Wexford, Sunday 2pm

As we’ve seen in the past Nowlan Park is a very difficult venue to go to and pick up a result. If it was in Wexford Park then you’d feel Wexford had a very strong chance but the fact that Waterford are at home makes it a tall order.

Waterford v Wexford (pic: Inpho)

Wexford went to Cusack Park last year and really put it up to Clare and came home with a draw. However they’re down Jack Guiney for disciplinary reasons. Kilkenny are also going to be without a big player in Richie Power but I still think they have the personnel to overcome Wexford in this fixture.

Kilkenny are unbackable at 2/9 in the match betting but I think they’ll cover the five point handicap.

John’s Tip: Kilkenny -5pts at 10/11

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Limerick v Tipperary, Sunday 4pm

After seeing both of these teams through the course of the National League I think Tipperary, going on league form, are probably the team to beat in this championship.

Limerick are coming off a very good display against Clare but they’re going to have to improve a small bit more if they want to overcome Tipperary.

Limerick v Tipperary (pic: Inpho)

Both teams have struggled on the injury front, John ‘Bubbles’ Dwyer may not start for Tipperary with Paul Browne and Gavin O’Mahony struggling for Limerick.

Limerick are looking for a third straight victory over Tipperary, who were a small bit complacent going in to the last two meetings. Tipperary have gone underground ahead of this game, there’s not a word about them, and they’re really going in to the Lion’s den this weekend. There’s an awful lot on the line for Eamonn O’Shea and this Tipperary team, I think they’ll just about get over the line in this game to set up a mouth-watering Munster final with my county, Waterford.

John’s Tip: Tipperary -2pts at 10/11

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John’s Anytime Goalscorer Double: Joe Canning and Seamus Callanan both to score anytime at 5/2

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