Lonesharkoy previews the All Ireland Senior Hurling Quarter Final between Waterford and Dublin and is quite strong on the Deise to beat the Dubs.
Waterford vs Dublin, All Ireland SHC Quarter Final
There is a temptation here to wonder if Waterford’s bubble might have burst in the Munster final, yet the bookies seem to have priced that in and plenty along with it in their lines for tomorrow’s key clash at Semple Stadium, offering handicap lines of just two points.
On form, Dublin will do well to get within two goals of the Déise men, so if Derek McGrath can get his team anywhere close to tuned in for this one, they should be good enough to pull through.
In the modern era, it’s not uncommon for excessive levels of significance to be placed on the managers, yet the sharp contrast between the two men at the helm of these counties makes it impossible not to refer to it strongly here. McGrath has put his faith in youth and they have repaid him in spades, adding a Munster championship win over Cork to their excellent run in the National League. Ger Cunningham however took over a mature group of hurlers who should have been poised to deliver a strong campaign in Leinster, and instead has lost his way. The Cork hurling legend made a few key switches in personnel and positional alignment over the course of his tenure this year but in the main his moves haven’t worked, and even in victory over Limerick, Dublin still looked dogged and determined rather than downright impressive. Liam Rushe’s return to centre back is probably a positive step, but it sends out a clear signal of time wasted, while the side’s low scoring rate still hasn’t been addressed.
Things certainly won’t get any easier in that regard against Waterford’s deep setup, which is going to ask very tough questions of Dublin, questions that they really don’t look like being able to answer.
Given how the pundits have called this one in the lead up to the contest, there was a real possibility that the bookies might have looked at it and installed Waterford at ¼ or 1/5. If they had, we might take a very different view, but off a two point mark, there is only one bet we could consider.
Editor Note: The 19/20 with Betway with a free €50 given to new accounts means that you can actually get €97.50 for a €50 bet and those odds are tasty indeed.
2 points win Waterford -2pts to beat Dublin at 19/20 with Betway (10/11 with Paddy Power and William Hill)