Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

Looking at league form you'd say it'd be Clare and straight-forward enough. Clare finished high up in Division 2 and Limerick were struggling in Division 4. It's not as straight-forward as that. Colm Collins last year highlighted that Limerick would give them a fierce battle above in Ennis.

That they did - it was 1-13 to 1-12. League form would go out the window. However, I do think Clare are the most seasoned team. I think dare I say they are the more ambitious team and possess the running game and firepower to put them into a semi-final where they will meet Kerry.

Verdict: Clare

Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 7pm

I don't mean this in any patronising way but I do admire Tom McGlinchey and Waterford footballers for their attitude in the face of adversity. They had 10 newcomers again this season. They have injuries, retirements and always seem to lose these very, very tight matches by a score or two.

I have no doubt they will give a good account of themselves in Thurles but I expect Tipperary to come through. It is a pity they have to play seven days later against Cork if they win due to a hurling fixture. If every other team were asked to do it, I'd have no problem with it. But it's a bit unfair they are the only team expected of it.

Verdict: Tipperary

Armagh v Fermanagh, Brewster Park, 7pm

They've played each other twice already. They played each other in the league final which was a very, very close match. They drew in the league and Armagh came out on top in the league final. I admire Armagh's style. I think they actually try to kick the ball and play direct. Fermanagh will play a sweeper. I expect Armagh to push on here. They conceded nine scores from frees in the league final. It's too much by far. They have to really focus in on their tackling. Armagh scored four points from defence which is very good. I do expect Kieran McGeeney's men to pull through here.

Verdict: Armagh


Tyrone v Monaghan, Healy Park, 4pm

If there was pressure already on Mickey Harte and his style of play, I think Sean Kavanagh is after firing a fox into the hen house this week with the statement of a guy who was very close to the set-up last year and played up to this season believes that the forwards don't flourish or develop due to the defensive set-up they play with.

Don't get me wrong, Tyrone have an extremely effective defensive set-up and they can run a ball up the field as good as any team on the counter attack. They're going for three in-a-row but they don't kick a ball. There is normally only one man up and I think this will change. It has to. They are a very talented football team and they are after naming a full-forward line with Lee Brennan, Conor McAliskey and Mark Bradley. 

I hope we see the three of these guys inside the '65. If we do, Tyrone could win it. You look at Monaghan, Rory Beggan in goal, the Wylie, the Hughes brothers, Conor McManus. There is a lot of experience but they have newcomers as well. I think Monaghan can make the step up here. We need a good game. I hope it is. Forwards will win it. If Monaghan's forwards fire I think Monaghan are in for a fierce shout. I'll hesitantly go for Monaghan.

Verdict: Monaghan

Michael Duignan was speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland programme

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