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Cody's Cats are hungry to teach Model county

WEXFORD v KILKENNY (Wexford Park, Tomorrow, 3.30)

HAVING chopped, changed and rotated to helpful effect these past five rounds of the League, Brian Cody stated last week after hammering Waterford that he'd better start settling on a line-up.

Which could make this the most interesting game of the day, if only to see which of the most successful teams of all time are under summer pressure.

Eoin Moore, Ciarán Kenny and Ian Byrne all come into Liam Dunne's team and they have a free crack here against the sort of opposition for whom they've been pining these past years in 1B.

ODDS: Wexford 13/2, Draw 16/1, Kilkenny 1/9

VERDICT: Kilkenny

BANNER TARGET LAOIS

LAOIS v CLARE (Portlaoise, Tomorrow, 3.30)

LOTS of patronising pats on the head for Laois this week, but remember they had Limerick punch-drunk a week ago in Portlaoise and gave Cork more to think about than most in this division.

They won't beat Clare, but will put on a better show than last year's qualifier, when they went down by 20 points in Ennis.

ODDS: Laois 14/1, Draw 25/1, Clare 1/50

VERDICT: Clare

TIPP HAVE CORK EDGE

TIPPERARY v CORK (Thurles, Tomorrow, 3.45, Live TG4)

A week, Éamon O'Shea might testify, is a longer time in hurling than it is in politics or even Garda commissioning.

Safety assured and job done, he can knuckle into the real work of preparing for summer, even if the Tipp forward line still seems to lack the direction and ball-winning of recent vintage.

ODDS: Tipperary 4/6, Draw 10/1, Cork 6/4

VERDICT: Tipperary

TRIBE TO TAME TREATY

LIMERICK v GALWAY (Gaelic Grounds, Tomorrow, 3.30)

JOE Canning is rated 'doubtful' to play here due to a hamstring injury in what would otherwise be his first Galway appearance of the year.

His team should win, though, and thus grant another window before summer.

ODDS: Limerick 11/8, Draw 10/1, Galway 8/11

VERDICT: Galway

FAITHFUL FAR TOO FIERCE FOR RYAN'S ANTRIM

ANTRIM v OFFALY (Ballycastle, Tomorrow, 2.0)

LAST week's game was a phoney war made all the more bizarre by virtue of the fact that Antrim showed up to Tullamore 10 minutes before throw-in having thought the match started at 3.0.

They also had only 19 players and, by Kevin Ryan's admission, "Offaly took their foot off the pedal at 25 points up".

Different venue, different game. But Offaly should still win and consign Antrim to a further safety net of another play-off against Carlow or Kerry.

ODDS: Antrim 11/4, Draw 10/1, Offaly 1/3

VERDICT: Offaly

– COMPILED BY CONOR McKeon


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