Monday 18 December 2017

Waterford likely to go on the attack

Derek McGrath's Waterford go into this game as favourites
Derek McGrath's Waterford go into this game as favourites

I suspect Waterford will try to be a little more offensive against Dublin than they were during the National League and Munster Championship.

This is going to be a different experience for Derek McGrath's young team in that they're going into this game as favourites. That presents a challenge they won't be familiar with. Paul Ryan was the difference for Dublin against Limerick, but can he get the same room against a Waterford team that places its faith in such a well-oiled defensive system? I'm not sure he can.

In that sense, this is a day that Dublin really need the likes of Mark Schutte to come to the fore in terms of scores. I expect a tight game personally because my suspicion is that Dublin will make life difficult for Waterford.

Winning this game would be a big statement for either team and, given they've no great history of a rivalry, it's a little difficult to know what kind of contest to expect.

I've spoken before about the restrictive aspect of Waterford's system, but my hunch is that they'll get just about enough points on the board to ease them through to the semi-finals.

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