Lonesharkoy looks ahead to the Munster Championship Hurling and he likes Limerick to spring a surprise against Tipperary.
Johnny Heaney’s late goal for Galway denied us a second profitable week last weekend, but sometimes there’s nothing for it in this game but to ride out the late heartbreak and power on through! There’s certainly no shortage of options this week, starting with the pick of the bunch on a very exciting weekend for the hurling championship.
Limerick vs Tipperary
For a team that is so well exposed, never out of the limelight and consistently competing at the business end of the championship, it’s hard to know where Tipperary are right now. Their league performances were steady, but if we strip away the scintillating form of Jason Forde, they didn’t stand out from the pack and their progression through to a league final was somewhat fortunate. Their clash with Limerick in the knockout stages of the league was a slow burning tie that took off in the latter stages and if they took that team and gradually reintroduced a few of their key players that missed time during that campaign, we’d suggest they were well on course for another lengthy campaign.
Instead we see wholesale changes including a radical revamp of a hugely unsettled backline, and a bench containing Brendan Maher, Patrick “Bonner” Maher and Seamus Callanan.
Limerick, for their part, have also raised a few eyebrows by selecting a team without any representatives from Na Piarsaigh. Admittedly, the depth in this Limerick panel is superb and they have four members of their All-Ireland club finalists on the bench, but one or two forwards have to consider themselves more than a little unlucky to have held their places.
Even so, there’s a lot to like about Limerick here. Home advantage, they’re clearly very far forward in their training, and they have plenty of artillery to draft in over the course of the 70 minutes, as do Tipperary. This will be a high scoring encounter, and 21/10 in one firm (2/1 generally) is a quite attractive price. Attractive enough for us to get on board anyway.
Limerick to win, 21/10, 888Sport