Hurling

Premier to edge out Banner in all Munster battle

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Clare v Tipperary, Saturday,  3pm, Pairc Ui Chaoimh

All roads leave to Cork this weekend where the new Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork will play host to the All-Ireland Hurling Quarter Finals on Saturday and Sunday. First up is an all Munster clash between Clare and Tipperary.

Tipperary will come into this game on a high having overturned Westmeath and Dublin in the qualifiers, Clare lost out to Cork in the Munster Final so they will be looking for a much improved performance to get the win here. Tipperary were back to their best against Dublin and they made a statement as they hit 6 goals in a fine performance. Seamus Callanan was at his usual best and he netted three goals for Michael Ryan’s charges, John McGrath and John O’Dwyer have also been hitting form so the Clare defence will be up against it on Saturday afternoon.

Clare would have been disappointed with their performance against Cork and some players didn’t perform on the day. However, they have the talent to make amends on Saturday with players like Tony Kelly, Podge Collins, Seadna Morey and David Fitzgerald. John Conlon will also be key as his physicality will be needed in the half forward line against Tipperary’s Padraic Maher.

The bookies have installed Tipperary as hot favourites for this game and if they win they will see a potential meeting with Galway in the semi-final yet again. The Premier men are priced at 2/7, while the Banner are 10/3 outsiders.

It is very hard not see past a Tipperary win as they are finding form at the right time and I expect them to win this with four or five points to spare at the end.

Verdict: Tipperary

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