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