Cork head to Killarney to take on Kerry in the Munster final on Sunday afternoon. With so few giving the Rebels a chance following some poor form in 2017 to date, we take a look at the main talking points ahead of the clash.
Will the real Cork please stand up?
The first major takeaway from the Munster Championship up to now is that Cork are not very good. However, despite poor performances in their narrow wins over Waterford and Tipperary, they found a way to win.
Peadar Healy’s side snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on both occasions, and nobody is giving them a chance ahead of the decider.
Do they have a big performance in them? Or is what we’re seeing what we’re going to get?
Location, location, location
This is a major talking point, no matter what way you look at this game. This is objectively the smaller of two provincial finals taking place on Sunday, and location has everything to do with it.
It’s a real pity that Páirc Uí Chaoimh would not be open for the clash, as it would add a real edge to proceedings, and make it a more even contest.
Cork haven’t won in Fitzgerald Stadium since 1995, and the Kingdom won’t be too eager to give up their reign anytime soon. It’s a daunting place to go for the Rebels.
Having said that, it’s only two years since a late late show from Fionn Fitzgerald rescued a draw for the home side.
With much of that Cork side involved once again, they shouldn’t be lacking in confidence.
Are Kerry easing into their groove?
The League final victory over Dublin was hugely impressive, and somewhat unexpected. This has installed the Kingdom as favourites in many people’s eyes to lift Sam Maguire in September.
However, their semi-final victory over Clare was much more low-key. The Kingdom huffed and puffed before eventually trumping a brave Banner outfit, despite playing with 14 men.
Was the nine-week gap between league and championship too much? Will they be a different animal with a summer game under their belt?
It’s an old rivalry. It may be the most worthless cliché out there, but Cork and Kerry games sometimes DO take on a life of their own.
Form dictates only one winner here, and Kerry’s odds of 1/7 are certainly merited.
However, the Rebels have a swagger that will mean they won’t fear the daunting trip to Killarney.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we look ahead to all the weekend’s action.