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Cian Lynch played a vital role in Limerick’s dominating All-Ireland success in 2021

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GAA free to throw tips, best bets and predictions for this year’s All Ireland Hurling Championship.

Best bets

Limerick and Waterford will meet in the final
2pts 5-1 Betfair, Boyle Sports, Paddy Power

Limerick and Cork will meet in the final
2 points 15-2 Betfair, Boyle Sports, Paddy Power

Cork reach All-Ireland semi-finals
2 points 10-11 Betfair, Boyle Sports, Paddy Power

Waterford reach All-Ireland final
1pt 7-4 Betfair, Boyle Sports, Paddy Power

All Ireland Championship preview

Class is permanent, form is temporary.

Limerick have won just one of their five Allianz League games. They scored just 11 points in a first-round loss to Wexford, their lowest tally in a league game since March 2010.

They suffered a six-point loss to Galway, lost nine points to Cork and could only manage a draw against Clare.

Any other side would have been major market drifters after a campaign in which their only win came against Offaly.

However, it says a lot about the reigning champions’ dominance in last year’s All-Ireland Championship that they were only held back 10-11 from 8-13 to lift Liam MacCarthy this summer.

Munster appear to hold the key to this year’s Championship, with Limerick, Waterford and Cork appealing the most to the main contenders.

Galway, who deserve favorites from Leinster, probably have a better quality panel than Kilkenny, but Brian Cody’s side are impossible to count in provincial action. Still, the Cats probably don’t have the X factor that Limerick and Waterford boast.

On top of that, it’s still early days for Henry Shefflin as Galway boss.

Wexford’s League form has been encouraging, but questions can be asked as to whether their opposition lived up to the group stage, and they were easily outclassed against Waterford. Dublin is too inconsistent to be considered a legitimate competitor.

Clare and Tipperary failed to ignite in the League. The banner showed plenty of potential in last year’s Championship, but look a cut below the top teams, while Tipperary are in transition under new manager Colm Bonnar.

Premier County are also set to be without sharpshooter Seamus Callanan for a significant part of Munster’s action.

Ultimately, Limerick are still the benchmark as they chase a fourth title in five years.

Waterford and Cork are progressing all the time and have well-trained teams with top-notch talent, but Treaty County have been known to time their run to peak at the commercial end of this competition.

Their league form isn’t entirely relevant given they won just two of their five games before making the Munster and All-Ireland double last year.

However, with Waterford, Cork and Galway on the rise, it’s hard to see the value of betting Limerick at odds shadow to go the distance, having to navigate choppy waters along the way.

Instead, with Munster appearing to be the strongest division, the best way to access markets across Ireland might be to back Limerick to qualify for the final with either Waterford or Cork. A matchup with the Deise is 5-1, while a repeat pairing from last year’s decider is 15-2.

Seems fair, as does 7-4 for Waterford to advance to the decider and 10-11 for Cork to advance to the semi-finals.

All three teams have shown enough in recent seasons to make an extended run in this year’s championship.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:05 PM, APRIL 15, 2022

Ruth J. Leeds