Weekend Hurling and Football Championship Predictions

In the third installment of my weekly Senior Championship predictions, the highlights are the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals on Saturday.

Sunday is headlined by both Munster and Ulster football finals.

Last week I correctly predicted six of the nine fixtures with the Wexford hurlers and Galway and Down footballers letting me down.

This brought the overall score to 14/20.

Below I look ahead to the games this weekend with an input from Matt O’Callaghan.


Saturday

All-Ireland Hurling quarter-finals

Clare v Waterford

This is a tricky one. Clare are off the back of two wins while Waterford lost last weekend. However, Waterford will carry huge momentum after the Limerick loss while the Banner lost out by 10 to John Kiely’s side.

If Waterford can quell the influence of Tony Kelly they will have too much and I expect that to be the case.

Matt Says: Waterford

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final, Walsh Park, Waterford 16/3/2019 Waterford vs Clare Waterford’s Stephen Roche and Ryan Taylor of Clare Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Tipperary v Galway

This has been the best fixture in GAA over the past few years with some instant classics. Again Tipp come in after winning at the weekend while Galway were runners up in Leinster.

The form will point to a Galway win but they will be reeling after the manner of their loss to Kilkenny while Tipp have yet to play well but find themselves in an All-Ireland quarter-final.

I just fancy Tipp to upset the odds and give their best performance of 2020 to date.

Matt Says: Galway


Leinster Senior Football Final

Dublin v Meath

I would love to pluck for the underdog in Meath but it is still almost nigh on impossible to go against the Dubs.

I expect Meath to trouble the Capital side and get goals, but Dubin to prevail by 4/5.

Matt Says: Dublin


Sunday

Munster Senior Football Final

Cork v Tipperary

Although it was a fortnight ago, the Rebels will still be buoyed by the manner of their last gasp victory over Kerry in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Tipperary were pushed to the pin of their collar by Limerick and have won both their games thus far.

It should be a close encounter but Cork will win a first Munster title since 2012.

Matt Says: Cork

1 June 2019; Brian Hurley of Cork in action against Sean O’Dea of Limerick during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship semi-final match between Cork and Limerick at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal v Cavan

Both gave very contrasting performances in the semi-finals last weekend. Donegal were imperious against Armagh, leading from start to finish as they gave an exhibition of football.

Cavan like they did against Monaghan came back from the dead for an incredible victory over Down.

However, there is a gulf between the sides and Cavan will come unstuck in their fourth successive week with Donegal to capture a sixth title since 2011.

Matt Says: Donegal

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