Following last weekend’s thriller, much will be expected of this Sunday’s clash between Cork and Waterford.
The renaissance continues for the Rebels, having claimed a first Munster title since 2014, their focus now turns on regaining the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
After encountering a road block in Munster, Waterford have got back behind the wheel and now find themselves just 70-odd minutes away from an All-Ireland final appearance.
The Build Up
Of course this is not the first meeting between the sides in this year’s championship. Back in June, Cork defeated Waterford on a score line of 0-23 to 1-15.
Looking back on this game, Conor Lehane was excellent for Cork, scoring 0-04 while still not fully recovered from an ankle injury.
Mark Coleman dominated on the Cork puck-outs, and it will be very interesting to see how Derek McGrath sets his side up to face Anthony Nash’s restarts.
McGrath will also need to get more out of star player Austin Gleeson. Finding his best position can be sometimes difficult.
Waterford need to see more of Aussie on the ball, impacting on the game. We expect to see a big game from the 2016 Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year.
Last weekend’s match produced only one goal and we are expecting something similar this weekend.
No game involving Waterford or Cork has produced more than three goals in the championship.
In fact, during the league, only one game involving either side finished with more than three goals.
Even with Tadgh de Búrca ruled out, we don’t see Derek McGrath moving away from the sweeper system.
Daragh Fives is more than capable of filling in for the suspended sweeper and providing that security in front of the Déise goal.
We like Under 2.5 goals here at 11/8 with Paddy Power and suggest a two-point stake.
Something else which also caught our eye was the 11/10 available on a sideline cut to be scored.
Last week we witnessed Joe Canning work his magic in the first half, cutting over a beauty after missing an earlier attempt.
In Mark Coleman, Cork have someone just as capable as Canning.
In championship 2017 he has scored 0-02 from sideline cuts and no doubt he will get a further chance on Sunday to increase this tally.
Also, Austin Gleeson is well accomplished in this area and with this match-up offering a duel threat, we like the price on offer. We will have a small 1.5 point bet here.
The Club Football & Hurling Acca
With only one inter-county game this weekend, we turn our attentions to the club championship fixtures.
In the Wexford hurling championship, we feel that St Martins (3/10) and Buffers Alley (8/11) will win.
Palatine (4/11) in the Carlow football championship can also continue their winning ways. Tubbercurry (4/7) in Sligo and Gabriel Rangers(1/4) in Cork Intermediate football complete our accumulator.
With the odds working out at around 5/1 it represents solid value and an interest over the weekend. We suggest a one-point stake.
Check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we previewed the big clash of Cork and Waterford in Croke Park.
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