Davy Fitzgerald expects Wexford to "throw the kitchen sink" at Clare next weekend in a desperate bid to breathe life into their promotion hopes.
The Model County were obliterated by Limerick 2-23 to 0-15 at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night as they got their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign off to a disastrous start.
Clare hit the ground running on Sunday with a strong display against Offaly, but Fitzgerald is wary of a Wexford backlash - and says he saw enough in their loss to Limerick to suggest they will be a threat.
"I thought the 13 or 14 minutes coming into half-time, that was the Clare I know. We really played well in that patch," said Fitzgerald, speaking RTÉ Sport.
"Wexford are going to come out all guns blazing; that is a massive game for us.
"I went to see the game. Limerick looked deadly, and then for the first 20 minutes of the second half, Wexford went back 15 on 15, I thought they more than held their own and then lost it again at the end. I expect them to come out fighting like anything.
"They have to fight. If they lose next week they’re in trouble as regards trying to top the table so they have to throw the kitchen sink at Clare next week."
Reflecting further on Wexford's no-show at the weekend, Henry Shefflin, speaking on Allianz League Sunday, feels there is "massive pressure" on Wexford as the prepare to face the Banner.
"Only scoring four points in the first half and then losing by 14 is just not good enough," said the Kilkenny legend.
"Look back to two years ago and Wexford had a fabulous season. It obviously raised expectation, but last year they were poor and now Division 1B could be over for them after next weekend."