Wexford to make light work of Laois as the Davy Show roles into town


Laois v Wexford, 2pm, Sunday, Portlaoise

Davy’s Fitzgerald’s first taste of championship with Wexford will mean the Clare man will have to sit in the stand due to his touchline ban, if as expected by many that Wexford win this game he will also be in the stands for the Kilkenny game, that’s only an if though, as this Laois game is no way a gimme and a potential upset could be on the cards if the league game between the sides is anything to go by.

Laois had a good round robin, winning all three of their games to Meath, Westmeath and Kerry so they will be coming into the game on a high. In them games Paddy Purcell, Ross King and Stephen Maher all came to the fore and these three players will be key if Eamonn Kelly’s charges are to get anything from this game. Laois had a good campaign in Division 1b as well, with Wexford only narrowing defeating them so the alarm bells will be going for Wexford supporters coming into this. Wexford had an excellent Division 1b and were promoted to the top flight for 2018 with good wins over league champions Galway and Limerick.

Wexford have the hurlers to be fair to them to push on to an All-Ireland semi-final at least and I am sure they will be aiming for this. All the pressure is on Wexford coming into this and nothing but a win will suffice. Wexford will look to Conor McDonald and Lee Chin once again, but they will also have Liam Ryan, James Breen and Eoin Moore in defence. Shaun Murphy who plays the sweeper is unlikely to start.

Wexford will want to lay down a marker here and it will either be a tight game or a procession. I think it will be tight and nervy, Wexford are 1/10 favourites to win with Laois 7/1, way too big of odds in my opinion. Still though Wexford will have too much in the tank and I can see them winning by 7 or 8 points.

Verdict: Wexford by 8


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