Donal O'Grady believes Leinster runners-up Kilkenny could struggle in their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Limerick on Sunday (Live on RTÉ One, 2pm) due to their heavy recent schedule.
Brian Cody's men were beaten by Galway in the replayed provincial decider yesterday and will be out again against the Treaty for their third game in 15 days.
By contrast, Saturday's facile victory over Joe McDonagh champions Carlow was Limerick's first competitive match since 17 June.
"I think they're at a disadvantage because of having to play two weekends in a row and go out again the third weekend," O'Grady, an All-Ireland winner as a player and manager, said on The Sunday Game.
"Limerick had three weeks off after the weekend and had a handy match, which will be a big confidence boost.
"They'll go in nice and fresh and be a big challenge to Kilkenny next week."
Former Waterford manager Derek McGrath agreed that the Cats are in a difficult position, but he highlighted that the second-half comeback that fell short against Galway showed no team under Cody's charge could ever be written off.
"You're slow to write any epitaph when Cody is involved," he said.
"I was in Nowlan Park when they were nine points down against Wexford. Ourselves, in an All-Ireland qualifier (in 2017), 10 points up with 15 minutes to go. Even today (against Galway) the way they eked back at the lead.
"It's definitely advantage to Limerick in terms of the physical nature of what Kilkenny have had to put up with over the last two weeks.
"But the spirit was very evident and when that's there it's hard to guard against it."