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John Mullane on this weekend’s hurling: Laois to run Dublin close but Offaly are in for a thrashing

by Rob Dore | July 4, 2015

Wexford v Cork, Saturday 7pm
The odds for this game are reflection of both teams’ last day out.

Wexford were a shadow of the team of 2014 and Cork were very disappointing against Waterford. Cork at odds of 1/3, going down to Wexford Park on a Saturday evening I wouldn’t be going near them at that price.

Wexford are more appealing at 3/1 but could you put your pocket on them after that performance against Kilkenny? I don’t think so.

Wexford v Cork (pic: Inpho)

The Cork team looks relatively strong but it’s going to be a very hard place to go and get a result. I do think that Cork will just about get over the line but the best bet for me is Wexford +4pts at evens.

In the first goalscorer market on the Cork I’d be looking outside of Patrick Horgan, with Seamus Harnedy at 13/2 being the man I’d put my money on.


Laois v Dublin, Saturday 7pm
Laois in Portlaoise are a different side from when they’re playing away from home. Dublin will be very skeptical of this fixture and they certainly don’t deserve to be as short as 1/12 to win this game. This is going to be a tight fixture.

I thought Laois would put it up to Galway the last day but that wasn’t the real Laois team we’ve been watching the last couple of weeks. They did beat an Offaly team for the first in 40 years in Portlaoise. Galway went there 12 months ago and struggled.

The Dubs will be looking for a big performance but I wouldn’t be going anywhere near them at odds of 1/12. I think Laois will hit the ground running and I wouldn’t rule out Laois to be leading at half-time and Dublin to be leading at full-time at odds of 7/1. I also think Laois will cover the eight point handicap in front of their own fans.


Clare v Offaly, Saturday 7pm
Offaly are massive underdogs at 12/1 but you can never be too sure what Offaly team is going to show up. However I don’t think they have the personnel to take on Clare.

I’m expecting a massive performance from the home team and I think Clare will lay down a marker on Saturday night, covering the 13 point handicap.

If you’re looking to back a first goalscorer then I don’t think you can look beyond Shane O’Donnell at 9/2.

Clare -13pts at 5/6


Kilkenny v Galway, Sunday 4pm
This is a game that both teams will fancy, particularly Galway who have been Kilkenny’s bogey team over the last couple of years. Anthony Cunningham has a terrific record against Brian Cody.

Kilkenny will be on their guard and I expect a tight game but I tipped the Cats to win the Leinster Championship before a ball was pucked so I’m going to stick with them.

Kilkenny v Galway (pic: Inpho)

Kilkenny-Kilkenny in the double result market at 10/11 is an appealing bet for me. I think they’ll hit the ground running and could win this game by 5 or 6 points. So Kilkenny -4pts at 6/5 is where my money’s going.

Neither of these defences will strike fear in to the opposing forward line and both teams have the personnel to put a lot of score on the board. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they go over the 50.5pts mark at 5/6.

There are plenty of good options in the goalscorer markets but TJ Reid and Joe Canning are the stand-out picks for me. I’m going to go for TJ Reid to score the first goal at 11/2 but I’m also backing TJ Reid to score any time at evens and Joe Canning to score anytime at 5/6.





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