Michael Duignan believes Wexford have a good chance of upsetting All-Ireland runners up Galway when they face off in the Leinster SHC on Sunday.
Davy Fitzgerald's side were forced to settle for a point after conceding a late goal against Dublin in their provincial opener last weekend but two-time Liam MacCarthy medallist and Sunday Game analyst Duignan was more impressed with their efforts than those of Galway in their six-point victory over Carlow.
The Model County have not beaten Galway since the Connacht side joined Leinster in 2009 - their last Championship victory over the Tribesmen came in the 1996 All-Ireland semi-final.
"Wexford were five down after 55 minutes (against Dublin) and looked in trouble but they rallied really well," Duignan told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.
"They led by three in injury-time and Sean Moran scored a late goal to earn Dublin a draw but it was a very good game to get under their belt.
"Galway were not impressive against Carlow. They were All-Ireland champions in 2017 and were beaten by a point last year but they look to be in a bit of a slump. I think they need a big display to remind the public that they are All-Ireland contenders.
"Davy's hair will be standing on the back of his neck; it always is but he'll be really riled up.
"While Galway are hot favourites, I think Wexford have a real chance here. I expect a big performance from them and I wouldn't be surprised to see them causing a surprise."
Galway were 10-point winners when the sides met in an Allianz Hurling League quarter-final but they will be without talismanic forward Joe Canning, who scored 0-15 in the March meeting.
Canning is not expected to have fully recovered from groin surgery until July, which would mean an All-Ireland quarter-final or semi-final.
"Galway have to show that they can manage without Joe Canning and they didn't do it very well against Carlow," noted Duignan.
"When you have a marquee player like that in your team, whether it be Patrick Horgan for Cork, Tony Kelly for Clare or TJ Reid for Kilkenny, if you have somebody like that that carries the team, if you're missing them it's a massive loss.
"They still have a lot of good forwards but he is the man who has led them for well over a decade, and particularly the last couple of years he has been outstanding."
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