It’s a huge Saturday evening and a massive Sunday afternoon coming up for Hurling, and we’ve got the thoughts and views of Waterford legend John Mullane:
Saturday 11th July 5pm – Semple Stadium (Live on RTE 2)
The main thing for Limerick last time out was just to get the result and progress to the next round. They’re now coming up against a Dublin team who put up a huge score against Laois.
They’ve already met this year in the league and Dublin won quite comprehensively that day, but I see that being a lot closer. Limerick are the one team who can really bounce back after a bad run of form, and I think that come 6.30pm on Saturday eve it should be Limerick moving on to the semis.
I think there will be goals as both sides have a lot of sharp shooters, but I’m going to go for a Limerick player to find the back of the net first. Kevin Downes at 8/1.
It would have been different if it was in Croke Park, but Limerick will come to Thurles with a point to prove, and it has to be Limerick all the way for me.
Saturday 11th July 7pm – Semple Stadium (Live on Sky Sports)
Tricky one to call this. Who could have foreseen that these sides would be meeting so early in the Championship, and while the Munster Final may be on Sunday, this is easily the pick of the games for me.
Cork made a few tactical changes last weekend, but the worrying thing for Cork is that they went 20 minutes without scoring. I really like the look of Clare though, and Clare will easily overcome Cork on Saturday evening.
I would be looking at Clare to win by four or five points. Clare (-3) at 8/5, and the fact that Clare do tend to get off to a good start and hold onto their lead, a HT/FT of Clare/Clare at 7/4 should come through.
Sunday 12th July 4pm – Semple Stadium
Waterford just keep on winning and are the only unbeaten team throughout the League and the Championship but are still outsiders. Madness!
Tipperary were very comprehensive winners against Limerick the last day, but I don’t see Waterford giving them as much space. It will be a very tight affair, and I wouldn’t rule out a replay.
Neither team concede many goals, so there won’t be many goals on show, if any. If there is to be a goal though, Patrick Maher might just nick it, and he is at 10/1.
This should be a very tactical game, and under 3.5 goals at 5/6 is a great punt.
John’s Double: Clare and Limerick both to win at 3/1