What The Bookies Say: Limerick the overwhelming favourites while nothing to chose between Cork and Kilkenny

It will be a repeat of last year’s final when Limerick and Waterford meet in the All-Ireland semi-final this Saturday.

Limerick will be seeking a fifth successive win over the Deise since John Kiely’s arrival in 2017. Prior to his appointment, Limerick had gone eleven years without a win over Waterford, that win coming in the 2007 All-Ireland semi-final, their last meeting at this stage.

Waterford’s previous win over Limerick came in 2011, a 3-15 to 3-14 win in the Munster semi-final in Thurles.

John Kiely’s side are the reigning All-Ireland champions and are looking for successive final berths for the first time since 1974.

23 May 2021; Tom Morrisey of Limerick in action against Calum Lyons of Waterford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A Round 3 match between Waterford and Limerick at Walsh Park in Waterford. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The Shannonsiders are heavy favourites among the bookies to advance to the final with each of Paddy Power, Boylesports, Ladbrokes, Bet 365, Betway and William Hill tipping Limerick.

Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and William Hill all have Limerick at 2/7 to advance.

Boylesports and Bet365 have Limerick priced at 3/10 with Betway having the Treaty side at 1.28 favourites.

The other semi-final between Cork and Kilkenny is priced much more closely with each of the aforementioned bookmakers having both sides at evens.

Paddy Power, Boylesports and Ladbrokes have a draw priced at 9/1 while it’s 17/2 with Bet365.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 14/7/2019 Kilkenny vs Cork Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Adrian Mullen with Mark Ellis and Stephen McDonnell of Cork Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Cork and Kilkenny throws in on Sunday at 3.30pm with the final to be played on Sunday August 22.

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