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Tribe seek to exploit Tipp leaks

GALWAY v TIPPERARY

(Pearse Stadium, Tomorrow 2.0)

THE most generous society in Ireland? On recent evidence, a Tipperary defence that has coughed up 9-35 in their last two outings, against Kilkenny and Clare.

The most infuriating enigmas in Ireland? On perennial – not to mention recent – evidence, the Galway hurlers.

How could a team that ran amok against Dublin on day one proceed to lose their next two games, not very impressively either, against Waterford and Kilkenny? Quite easily, in fact, when you're wearing that maroon jersey. Tomorrow in Salthill, something has to give: either Tipp stop leaking or Galway stop flattering to deceive. Or maybe neither will happen, in which case this is anyone's guess.

ODDS: Galway 7/5, Draw 10/1, Tipperary 4/6

VERDICT: Galway

LAOIS' MODEL FORM TO END

WEXFORD v LAOIS

(Wexford Park, Tomorrow 2.30)

By dint of their opening day ambush of Offaly and last Sunday's two-goal win over Antrim, Laois are effectively guaranteed a quarter-final berth. Wexford were left to rue 10 first half wides as their unbeaten run ended in Limerick, but their form looks more impressive and they'll make that count here.

ODDS: Wexford 1/8, Draw 14/1, Laois 11/2

VERDICT: Wexford

OFFALY v LIMERICK

(Tullamore, Tomorrow 2.0)

Offaly were never going to challenge for promotion, but they would have hoped for more than this: pointless after three games, their eyes already half-turned towards a looming relegation play-off with Antrim.

That said, their six-point defeat on Leeside constituted a big improvement in performance, a point acknowledged by their greatest player-turned-manager Brian Whelahan. The next step would be a tangible result against Limerick – but the latter are hell-bent on promotion and we can't see it happening.

ODDS: Offaly 3/1, Draw 10/1, Limerick 3/10

VERDICT: Limerick

ANTRIM v CORK

(Ballycastle, Tomorrow 2.0)

The Saffrons may be game, but they're simply not good enough against the upper echelons of 1B. The venue should tighten the margin, but not sufficiently to create any headlines against a Cork side showing six changes (several enforced) from the team that overcame Offaly despite a faltering second half.

ODDS: Antrim 9/1, Draw 25/1, Cork 1/25

VERDICT: Cork


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