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29/7/2018 Limericks Kyle Hayes gets away from Corks Christopher Joyce in yesterdays all ireland semi final game at Croke Park Picture Seamus Loughran
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Division 1A

Limerick v Cork

(tomorrow, Gaelic Grounds, 2.30pm)

BRIAN Cody labelled Limerick “the best team in the country” ahead of their visit to Nowlan Park last week and whether it was mind-games or not, the Treaty county did little to disprove his claim. Nine points separated the sides in the end and few could argue that Limerick didn't deserve that cushion with Shane Dowling and Cathal Boylan grabbing their goals. Aaron Gillane was their top scorer for the third game in a row but he will miss out as he will play for Mary I in the Fitzgibbon Cup final today. Teammate Paddy O'Loughlin will line out for UCC and will also be rested tomorrow. Cork got off the mark with a 1-20 to 0-20 win over Clare last weekend when Patrick Horgan grabbed an incredible 0-16. The free-taker will need watching today but it's hard to see the Rebels upsetting the odds.

Odds: H: 8/15 D: 9/1 A: 15/8

Verdict: Limerick

Tipperary v Kilkenny

(tomorrow, Semple Stadium, 2pm, live on TG4)

NEITHER of these sides have really found their stride yet and the loser will be in danger of missing out on the quarter-finals, especially as both are on the road in round five. Tipperary confirmed this week that former manager Eamon O'Shea has returned to Liam Sheedy's management team in a support role, but he will not be involved until after the League.

Odds: H: 4/9 D: 10/1 A: 9/4

Verdict: Tipperary

Clare v Wexford

(tomorrow, Cusack Park, 2pm, deferred on TG4)

WEXFORD were struggling against Tipperary last week but Noel McGrath's sending off sparked them into life and Aidan Nolan grabbed a last-gasp winner. Clare played okay against Cork last weekend, but the concession of 15 pointed frees was criminal.

Odds: H: 4/9 D: 9/1 A: 9/4

Verdict: Clare

Division 1B

Offaly v Galway

(tomorrow, Bord na Mona O'Connor Park, 1pm)

THESE are bleak times for Offaly and another defeat awaits here. That, coupled with the fact that Carlow and Laois also meet tomorrow, will confirm their spot in the relegation play-off. Galway got over their shock draw with Carlow by beating Dublin last week, and they'll add another win here.

Odds: H: 12/1 D: 33/1 A: 1/50

Verdict: Galway

Dublin v Waterford

(tomorrow, Parnell Park, 2pm)

WINNING margins of 27, 16 and 14 points have ensured that Waterford sit at the top of the Division 1B table with a healthy scoring difference. Dublin and Galway will present a step up in quality in their last two games, but they should still earn a win tomorrow even if it's only by a single-digit margin.

Odds: H: 7/4 D: 9/1 A: 4/7

Verdict: Waterford

Carlow v Laois

(tomorrow, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm)

CARLOW finish the League with home games against Laois and Offaly and even one win from those could be enough to avoid a relegation play-off. Top scorer Martin Kavanagh is a doubt though and that could open the door for Laois.

Odds: H: 11/10 D: 9/1 A: 5/6

Verdict: Laois

Division 2A

London v Kerry

(today, McGovern Park, 2pm)

KERRY will be without Shane Conway as they continue their push for a final place. Conway is on Fitzgibbon duty but they should still have too much for a London side that has lost both games so far.

Odds: H: 5/1 D: 14/1 A: 1/7

Verdict: Kerry

Westmeath v Meath

(tomorrow, TEG Cusack Park, 12.30pm)

JOE Quaid's Westmeath took a massive step towards the Division 2A final with a hard-fought win in Antrim last week. Meath can also finish in the top two but they really need to win this derby to have any chance.

Odds: H: 2/7 D: 10/1 A: 3/1

Verdict: Westmeath

Mayo V Antrim

(tomorrow, Ballina, 1pm)

ANTRIM'S promotion ambitions all but evaporated with their loss to Westmeath last week but they should earn another win here. Mayo were hammered by Kerry last weekend and shouldn't be able to stop the Saffrons.

Odds: H: 6/1 D: 14/1 A: 1/10

Verdict: Antrim

Division 2B

Warwickshire v Derry

(today, Páirc na hÉireann, 12 noon)

DERRY'S expected win today will confirm their spot in the League final given that their main rivals have to face each other. The Oakleafers produced a great performance to win away to Kildare last weekend – Cormac O'Doherty grabbing 11 points - and they should secure their fourth straight win here.

Odds: H: 9/1 D: 25/1 A: 1/33

Verdict: Derry

Down v Donegal

(tomorrow, Pairc Esler, 2pm)

DONEGAL boss Micky McCann has already said that they have theirs eyes set on their likely forthcoming relegation play-off game and a repeat of last year's heroic win over Down is very unlikely. Ronan Sheehan's side have been playing well and another two points will keep them in the promotion picture.

Odds: H 1/8: D: 14/1 A: 5/1

Verdict: Down

Wicklow v Kildare

(tomorrow, Aughrim, 2pm)

WICKLOW, Kildare and Down know that they are basically battling for one spot with Derry looking certain to reach the top two. Neither side has played well this year but Kildare have the ability to bounce back from last week's loss to Derry.

Odds: H: 2/1 D: 9/1 A: 4/9

Verdict: Kildare

Division 3A

Louth v Armagh

(tomorrow, Darver, 12.30pm)

EOIN McGuinness was sent off for Armagh last week but he will be available as it was for two yellow cards. Padraig O'Connor's side need to win both remaining games to keep alive their hopes of returning to Division 2B.

Odds: H: 13/5 D: 10/1 A: 3/10

Verdict: Armagh

Monaghan v Lancashire

(tomorrow, Inniskeen, 2pm)

MONAGHAN'S surprise win away to Tyrone has really opened up this division and Trevor Hilliard's men should follow it up with a win in Inniskeen. The visitors have lost all three games to date.

Odds: H: 1/33 D: 2-/1 A: 8/1

Verdict: Monaghan

Roscommon v Tyrone

(tomorrow, Dr Hyde Park, 2pm)

WITH Armagh losing, Tyrone would have felt that they let a golden opportunity slip at home to Monaghan last weekend. The Rossies were the side that defeated the Orchard county as they finished strongly with the wind.

Odds: H: 2/5 D: 10/1 A: 2/1

Verdict: Roscommon

Division 3B

Cavan v Longford

(tomorrow, Kingspan Breffni, 12.30pm)

CAVAN lost heavily last weekend and it could be another difficult day for the Breffni county.

Verdict: Longford

Leitrim v Fermanagh

(tomorrow, Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 2pm)

BOTH these sides are chasing their first points and home advantage should give Leitrim the edge.

Verdict: Leitrim

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