Tipperary All-Ireland winner Shane McGrath believes that Galway's experience of winning the Liam MacCarthy Cup gives them the edge over Limerick in Sunday's hurling final.

Galway go into the game as defending champions, while Limerick are seeking to bring the silverware back to the Treaty County for the first time in 45 years.

McGrath, who won the All-Ireland with Tipp in 2010, feels that while Limerick go into the game with a stronger squad and more options from the bench, they could suffer from a lack of experience on this stage.

Sunday's final will be Limerick's first at Croke Park since 2007.

"In my mind they [Galway] are slight favourites," McGrath said on 2fm’s Game On.

"Limerick have a team of winners, they have a team of winners from Under-21 All-Ireland, from All-Ireland clubs, they have All Stars in their midst, they have schools winners and they have colleges winners.

"So they’ve won it all different levels on an All-Ireland stage and they have an abundance of talent as well.

"If it does come down to a panel game, Limerick could see this through because they have a serious bench in compassion to Galway.

"Galway have two, maybe three guys that Micheál Donoghue will really, really trust on All-Ireland final day.

"So this all comes down to, in my opinion, what Limerick don’t have and you can’t buy experience."

As well as winning the 2017 final Galway were involved in the 2015 and 2012 finals, with many of their first team having felt both victory and defeat at this stage.

Shane McGrath in action for Tipp

"You’ve three Galway lads that are starting that are playing in their fifth All-Ireland and another seven or eight that are playing their third All-Ireland," McGrath said. "The majority, maybe 95% of the panel are in their second All-Ireland in two years.

"I just think that is going to be worth so much to the Galway lads. They know what’s going to happen, they know the roar when they come out.

"Now granted Limerick had that in the semi-final or something very close to it. They atmosphere was unbelievable and they did meet the President so that’s another box ticked because they’re all one per cent, when you have to line up and meet the President and all these things.

"But I just think that Galway are so used to this big day. They’re so used to what’s going to come at them, the noise in Croke Park when they run out onto the pitch and all these things. I just think you can’t buy that."

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