Kilkenny have been here before and they are the favourites to win. At 8/15 the price looks about right, but they could be a bit of value on the handicap (-3) at 6/5.
This is going to be closer than people think. Kilkenny have played within themselves all season and haven’t really been tested yet. When the sides met in the Leinster Final Galway were below par but have improved since then.
I still think Kilkenny will prove too good and if you’re looking for a bit more bang for your buck then the Cats to win by exactly four points looks tempting at 13/1.
I think there will be goals in this game and if Galway are going to have any chance of winning they’ll have to be rattling the net more than once. They’re 8/11 to score more than 1.5 goals and that could be the play.
If Galway are to bridge that 27-year All-Ireland winning gap then they’re going to need a massive performance from Joe Canning (above) on Sunday.
The Portumna club man has wrapped up an awful lot of scores despite people saying he’s underperformed. He was exceptional against Tipperary, but the likes of Jason Flynn, Cathal Mannion & young Conor Whelan have stepped up to the mark and taken a lot of pressure of his shoulders.
TJ Reid has come up trumps as first goalscorer a few times for us this year and I won’t be looking outside him to hit the net first at 7/2.
Joe Canning is 23/10 to get the first goal for Galway and that might give you a bit of cover.
Man of the Match
I’m looking at Paul Murphy to get the RTE Man of the Match vote. I think he’s the best corner back in the country and has had an outstanding season so far. He’s 9/2 to be nominated for the RTE Man of the Match and 20/1 to win it and I’ll be having a bit of both.
Minor Final: Tipperary v Galway
I’ve been very impressed with both, but Galway have shown a lot of resilience to secure a place in the Minor Final and are 15/8 to beat the odds-on Tipperary.
That’s big odds for a Minor Final and that looks a bit of value.