Lonesharkoy previews this Leinster Hurling fixtures between Dublin and Galway and believes the Dubs will get the better of their Connacht rivals.
Dublin vs Galway, Leinster SHC
From both a betting and a sporting point of view, the first part of Sunday’s double header at Croke Park is by far the more interesting of the two contests that are down for decision. We know that Dublin will beat Longford and that they are capable of winning by the spread and more, but that doesn’t mean that they will be motivated to do so, which means placing a handicap punt really is a toss of a coin effort.
However in the day’s opening clash, we can get 5/6 about a Dublin win by any margin and that looks like an excellent play this week, since the camán-wielders of the capital are just as capable of doing what they need to do - and we know that they will want to get over the line, unlike their footballing counterparts, who could easily be happy to just go through the motions and win by nine.
If we were to compare these two sides to poker hands with a river card still to come, Dublin are like top pair with an ace kicker – they are very solid and hard to beat in a head to head situation. Galway on the other hand are more like a straight flush draw – capable of turning into something special, but more likely to be nothing at all after flattering to deceive.
Judging Galway by league hurling is rarely a worthwhile exercise, since the Tribesmen invariably chop and change their team with ridiculous frequency during the Spring. However for the past two years, judging them by their championship results hasn’t made for pleasant reading either – and that’s in a rare time of steady management of the county team. Their spectacular late draw against Kilkenny in O’Connor Park proved what we already knew – that there is plenty of hurling in them, particularly when Joe Canning is on his game, but Kilkenny easily set that to rights in the reply and it’s not as if Galway went on to pull up any trees in the qualifiers either.
The loss of Anthony Daly could easily have set Dublin back two or three years but instead they’ve hurled well in the Spring, introducing younger hurlers like Cian O’Callaghan and Chris Crummy to great effect, while the move of Liam Rushe to full forward has been a reasonable success. The absence of a really top class forward will probably prevent Dublin from going too far this year but they are a well drilled group who will move the ball well and win more than their fair share of possession. Chances are that’ll be enough this week.
2 points win Dublin to beat Galway at 5/6 with Ladbrokes and Bet365