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Slick Tribesmen to drag Déise deeper into relegation mire

ALLIANZ HL DIV 1A

GALWAY v WATERFORD

(Pearse Stadium, Tomorrow 2.30)

Last summer, Waterford trounced a feeble Galway by 10 points in an All-Ireland quarter-final. Tomorrow, they renew their league battle, and guess who are the 5/1 underdogs?

The odds below give a pointer to the turbulent start endured by new Déise boss Michael Ryan -- even this week's 'positive' PR concerning the training return of John Mullane and Eoin Kelly was quickly offset by the resignation of selector Nicky Cashin.

Meanwhile, Galway are under new management but even his double-jobbing brief (with the Garrycastle footballers) hasn't stopped Anthony Cunningham hitting the ground running.

They'll make it three wins from four here, leaving Waterford to fret over a looming relegation play-off.

ODDS: Galway 1/6, Draw 12/1, Waterford 5/1

VERDICT: Galway

ALLIANZ HL DIV 1B

LIMERICK v OFFALY

(Gaelic Grounds, Tonight 7.0)

AFTER an opening night implosion against Clare, Limerick and their new boss John Allen have found their way with consecutive wins.

Last weekend, they had eight points to spare over a Wexford team that had previously conducted smash-and-grab larceny on Offaly.

That form guide points to a home win, even if Offaly returned to winning ways against Antrim, albeit after another worrying fade out in the second half.

ODDS: Limerick 4/9, Draw 9/1, Offaly 11/5

VERDICT: Limerick

CLARE v WEXFORD

(Ennis, Tomorrow 2.30)

JUST as well Wexford pilfered those points against Offaly, because it's hard to see them avoiding a third defeat against a buoyant Banner.

ODDS: Clare 2/7, Draw 12/1, Wexford 14/5

VERDICT: Clare

ANTRIM v LAOIS

(Casement Park, Tomorrow 2.30)

A MUST-WIN game for either side in the battle to avoid relegation, although Antrim look in relatively ruder health under Jerry Wallace.

They've already one good win in the bank (against Wexford), and while still without their All-Ireland club winners from Loughgiel, they should make home advantage count against a pointless Laois.

ODDS: Antrim 1/3, Draw 11/1, Laois 11/4

VERDICT: Antrim


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