McIntyre: Whether it's Tipp or Tribe, Cats will win
Former Galway boss and ex-Tipperary player John McIntyre believes the result of Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final between the counties is academic, as Kilkenny will finish the season as champions.
McIntyre says that he left Croke Park last Sunday "a bit depressed" after watching Kilkenny book their place in the September 6 decider.
McIntyre suspects that the Cats will claim victory next month, irrespective of the opposition placed in front of them at GAA HQ.
He told Tipp FM: "I left Croke Park a bit depressed (on Sunday).
"I don't want to sound fatalistic but I'm not sure it matters who wins next Sunday because it's very difficult at the moment to see Kilkenny being dethroned in the All-Ireland final.
"They just smothered and suffocated Waterford, their intensity was as strong as ever and their hunger is still savage.
"Bearing in mind that the likes of Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin and to a lesser extent Walter Walsh didn't have good games, that they shot 13 wides and had a couple of clear-cut goal chances, there's massive scope for improvement.
"I believe that if Waterford had lined up orthodox, they'd have been beaten by a dozen points or more."
McIntyre predicts that his native Tipperary will have to "earn it big" against Galway in Sunday's clash.
He added: "I think they (Galway) have improved significantly from 12 months ago. They regrouped well after losing to Kilkenny, they have discovered a lot of news players and the two Mannion brothers have given them fresh impetus.
And McIntyre has warned Tipp that Galway have the potential to end their championship season.
He insisted: "To be honest, Galway have no excuses for not performing on Sunday. They have recovered from the Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny, they have discovered some talented young players, they have momentum and they won't be afraid of Tipperary.