Hurling and camogie

GAA Matchbox: analysis of this weekend's hurling clashes: June 7 and 8 2019

STARTING SPOT: James McNaughton has returned to the Antrim team after an impressive cameo last week against Offaly Picture: Seamus Loughran



Leinster Senior Hurling Championship round four

Wexford v Carlow

(Innovate Wexford Park, 7pm)

TWO points separate the top four teams in Leinster so Wexford’s expected win here would catapult them right back into provincial final race. Model manager Davy Fitzgerald was sent to the stands in their draw with Galway last time out, but he isn’t expected to be banished from the touchline tonight. Despite an impressive first outing against Galway, Carlow are still chasing their first points in the group. Colm Bonnar has named the same side that lost to Dublin.

Odds: H: 1/50 D: 33/1 A: 14/1

Verdict: Wexford

Munster Senior Hurling Championship round four

Cork v Waterford

(Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 7pm, live on Sky Sports Arena)

WATERFORD look like a side that just need to be put out of their misery and Cork really should be winning this match comfortably. The visitors are playing for pride alone, but sometimes that can be the fuel needed as the Rebels nearly found out in almost identical circumstances last year. Cork should win handy enough here though.

Odds: H: 1/14 D: 16/1 A: 9/1

Verdict: Cork

Joe McDonagh Cup round four

Antrim v Westmeath

(Dunloy, 2pm, live on GAA Now)

JAMES McNaughton has returned to the Antrim starting team as they aim to complete the deal after their thrilling win in Offaly last time out. A win and Neal Peden’s side are in the final, but Westmeath are no push-overs. Joe Quaid’s side can still reach the final and still be relegated, so it’s all to play for.

Odds: H: 10/11 D: 8/1 A: 11/10

Verdict: Antrim

Kerry v Laois

(Austin Stack Park, 3pm, live on GAA Now)

THIS is a massive game with Kerry on a high after their impressive win in Westmeath. Laois have impressed in their first two games and manager Eddie Brennan has drafted Aaron Dunphy into his side as they attempt to secure a spot in the final.

Odds: H: 11/4 D: 10/1 A: 1/3

Verdict: Draw

Christy Ring Cup relegation play-off

London v Donegal

(Crossmaglen, 1pm)

DECLAN Coulter is not expected to return from injury for Donegal while Danny Cullen and Ciaran Finn could also miss out after picking up knocks against Down. London operated in Division 2A this year and should condemn Mickey McCann’s side to Nicky Rackard hurling next year.

Odds: London: 2/7 D: 10/1 Donegal: 11/4

Verdict: London

Nicky Rackard Cup relegation play-off

Monaghan v Louth

(Crossmaglen, 3pm)

MONAGHAN manager Trevor Hilliard will know Louth well having played for them previously, but more importantly than that he will know that his side have been playing good hurling this year. Louth never got going under Paul McCormack this year and it’s hard to see them turning that around in Cross.

Odds: Monaghan: 1/4 D: 11/1 Louth: 3/1

Verdict: Monaghan

Lory Meagher Cup round three

Leitrim v Fermanagh

A POINT will be enough for Fermanagh to secure a Croke Park date after winning their first two games. Shea Curran returns from suspension for the Erne county while Nathan Timoney should also be available.

Verdict: Fermanagh

Cavan v Lancashire

CAVAN have been hit by a blow as Kevin Conneely’s suspension was upheld midweek. That takes away a key scoring threat in a game they must win. The Breffnimen must secure victory by a few points and hope that Fermanagh do them a favour to have any chance of reaching the final.

Verdict: Lancashire


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship round four

Kilkenny v Galway

(Nowlan Park, 2pm, live on RTE2)

THE margins are fine in Leinster and it will be a huge two points for the victors ahead of next weekend’s final round of fixtures. Galway have been on a training camp ahead of the game and they could take advantage of a Kilkenny squad riddled with injuries.

Odds: H: 4/6 D: 8/1: A: 13/8

Verdict: Galway

Munster Senior Hurling Championship round four

Limerick v Clare

(LIT Gaelic Grounds, 4pm, live on RTE2)

THE loser here is in huge bother ahead of the final round of matches. The All-Ireland holders destroyed Waterford last time out while Clare were well beaten by Tipperary. It’s a huge pressure game but Limerick showed last year than they can handle the big occasion.

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

Verdict: Limerick

Nicky Rackard Cup semi-final

Sligo v Warwickshire

(Celtic Park, 1.30pm)

SLIGO enjoyed a superb group stage as they finished top and manager Daithí Hand has had to play down suggestions that they are now favourites for the tournament outright. Warwickshire finished second behind Armagh in Group One, but they could progress here.

Odds: Sligo: 8/13 D: 9/1 Warwickshire: 6/4

Verdict: Warwickshire

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