Over 80,000 people are expected to watch Kilkenny and Tipperary go head to head in the 2019 All-Ireland Hurling final at Croke Park this afternoon. 

Kilkenny is seeking to bring back the Liam McCarthy cup for the 37th time in their history while Tipperary is hoping to repeat its victory over the Cats in 2010.

Marty Morrisey previews the clash of the Cats and the Premier County.

Nobody said it was going to be that easy.

It really hasn't been for Tipperary or Kilkenny in this year's championship.  

They both lost their provincial finals in Leinster and Munster.

Kilkenny being in the unusual position of having lost twice this summer. But yet here they are, the Cats are still alive and will stand tall and battle courageously, as they always do to bring Liam MacCarthy home for the 37th time in their history.

Brian Cody has been Kilkenny manager since 1999 and today is seeking his 12th All-Ireland title, in his 18th final.

Liam Sheedy and Tipperary shattered Cody and Kilkenny's dream of 5 in a row 9 year ago in 2010.

And as Cody rebuilt a new team quietly, who should return as Tipperary manager, but the prodigal son from Portroe.

Seamie Callanan has scored a goal in every game - a staggering 7 goals and 16 points from play in 7 games.

T J Reid, meanwhile, has registered an amazing 5 goals and 72 points, which breaks down into 54 frees, two penalties, six 65s, and one sideline.

82,000 people will pile into Croke Park today to witness what should be an absolute humdinger of an All Ireland final.

The cats and the premier never fail to ignite.

As for predictions, this one is 50/50.

But I'm going to be really brave and call it.

The All Ireland final will end in a draw.