Another mouthwatering Sunday of provincial hurling championship round-robin action lies before us as things begin to heat up in Leinster and Munster.

RTÉ GAA analyst Michael Duignan casts his eye over the big games. 

Carlow v Kilkenny, Dr Cullen Park, 3pm

I was really impressed with Carlow last weekend. Where they've come from in the last couple of years, to win a Christy Ring and a Joe McDonagh, to go to Galway - the All-Ireland champions in 2017 - and put up such a display... Galway had to score the last three points of the game to pull away and win by six. That is a fantastic performance form Carlow.

I think the big difference this weekend is Kilkenny will bring a bigger goal-scoring threat than Galway.

Galway are happy sometimes to put up a big tally of points. Kilkenny were very impressive in the second half against Dublin last week. They'll probably score a few goals and win this one.

Dublin v Wexford, Parnell Park, 3pm

Dublin have to win. They'll have been very happy with their first half against Kilkenny. They went in four up; they probably should have been seven or eight points up at half-time. It was a game of two halves for them.

We don't know what to expect from Wexford except that they will be ready for this Leinster Championship. There's very little between these two teams but home advantage and the pure necessity for Dublin to win this game to keep their Leinster ambitions alive mean Dublin will just about win this one.

Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 2pm (The Sunday Game Live, RTÉ2)

Tipperary were obviously very good last Sunday. I think they would have targeted these two games as a block - the Cork game and this one - with a view to winning these two and then blooding some of the younger players in a couple of the other games in Munster. I think that would have been Liam Sheedy's plan.

Waterford would have been disappointed last week. They were only beaten by a point in the end by Clare but at home that was game they should have been winning. They're under pressure now going to Thurles. They will play better, there will be a backlash, but I just think Tipperary look rally good and I expect them to twin.

Limerick v Cork, Gaelic Grounds, 4pm (The Sunday Game Live, RTÉ2)

Cork played some great hurling last Sunday. Patrick Horgan was on fire, Shane Kingston really came of age - as a leader, I thought in the second half when they needed somebody he stood up. Seamus Harnedy and Conor Lehane had their moments. But that's all up front.

They conceded 2-24 from play at the other end of the field. They lacked aggression and physicality. Their puck-out strategy went astray, so they have a lot to work on.

Limerick, since the All-Ireland last year, they've just looked so good. They have a huge strength in depth, they've cover in every line if any of their players have an off day. If they maintain the hunger and desire we saw in the league it will be very hard to beat Limerick, especially at home.

I wouldn't fully write off Cork, they have a lot of good players and they are going to be hurting. I have to call it, I am going to go for Limerick, but I think there will be a big display from Cork.

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

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