Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald is predicting a Galway-Limerick All-Ireland hurling final following this weekend’s two semi-finals.

On Saturday champions Galway take on a Clare side playing at Croke Park for the first time since their 2013 All-Ireland final replay triumph over Cork. On Sunday it’s the Rebels against Limerick.

Fitzgerald has had a chance to get a close look at all four teams this season and he’s going for the Tribesmen and the Treaty.

"It’s fives year since Clare have played at Croke Park, but Croke Park will suit this Clare team," said Fitzgerald, who was in charge of the Banner on that famous day in ‘13.

"Clare can’t afford to get involved in a physical battle so they have to use the one advantage they have and that’s their legs.

"They have to move the Galway half-back line around as much as they can – the Galway half-back line will want to sit back and protect their full-back line so it’s crucial that they move them and try to get scores from out the field early to draw them out.

"If you look at Galway most of the time their centre-back will sit about on the ‘45’ waiting to go back so if you can get him out then have a go one-on-one – it’s very hard to beat a two-on-one inside.

"There are going to be massive battles around the field and Galway are favourites, but if Clare can play the way they can it will be fascinating.

"My head is saying Galway, but my heart is saying Clare."

Speaking about Sunday’s second semi-final, speaking to RTÉ Sport he said:  "They both have similar patterns; their half-forward lines go right back into their backs and Limerick have gotten particularly good at using the short ball.

"There’ll be times you’ll see them with only two forwards inside 50 yards, but they’re able to work the short ball, run it out and get the score, they’re able to use the cross-field ball and then take on for goals.

"Cork are very similar. This is going to be a very, very tight one and it’s hard to call. But it’s time for Limerick to step up and they have serious talent."

The All-Ireland final is on Sunday, 19 August.