Joe McDonagh Cup round 3
Offaly v Antrim, O'Connor Park, 3pm

Leinster SHC round 3
Carlow v Dublin, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm

Offaly v Antrim live stream on GAANow. Highlights of Carlow v Dublin on The Sunday Game on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player at 9.30pm.

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Can Carlow claim a scalp?

Carlow boss Colm Bonnar

The Scallion Aters have acquitted themselves reasonably well since their promotion to the Leinster Championship - they kept Galway to within six points first day and outscored Kilkenny in the second half of a 3-22 to 1-14 loss in Netwatch Cullen Park.

As their final group fixture is away to Wexford next week, this is probably the game they would have targeted as their best chance of securing a victory.

Dublin were 3-15 to 0-18 winners when the sides met in Parnell Park in Division 1B January.

The Dubs have had a rollercoaster campaign. They led by four at half-time in Nowlan Park but were reeled in by a trademark Kilkenny fightback.

Mattie Kenny's men let another lead slip against Wexford but that made the draw secured by Seán Moran's late goal feel more like a victory.

Wexford and Galway's draw last week has made things very interesting.

A win for Dublin on Sunday and defeat for the Tribesmen in Nowlan Park next weekend - a distinct possibility given Kilkenny's superior form  - would offer Dublin the carrot of a winner takes-all clash against the 2017 All-Ireland champions in Parnell Park.

Michael Duignan's verdict

"I think a lot will depend on how Dublin set-up. If they go and play defensively, and with Seán Moran dropping back, that’s going to allow Carlow to attack them.

"Carlow are physically strong in the forwards, they’re good in the air and they won’t particularly mind that system and they’ll find a way of breaking it down.

"I think Dublin would want to be very, very careful here and I won’t be surprised if the shock of the Championship happens on Saturday, I think Carlow have a really good chance." 

Faithful departing?

Joachim Kelly has taken charge of Offaly

There was much hand-wringing last summer when Offaly were relegated from the Leinster Championship but that's nothing compared to what it's store if they are beaten again on Saturday.

A third defeat on the spin would mean they could potentially be relegated to the Christy Ring Cup even before their final fixture against Kerry in Tralee.

The Faithful County reacted to the losses to Laois and Westmeath by replacing Kevin Martin with another two-time All-Ireland winner in Joachim Kelly.

Offaly's woes appear to go deeper than the sideline however. Former Limerick star Ollie Moran told RTÉ Sport this week that "a ten or 20-year plan" was needed to revive hurling in the county.

"Hurling needs the Westmeaths, the Kildares, the Carlows of this world but you can't afford to have what I would say is one of the traditional hurling counties in Offaly being demoted to that status," he said.

"It would be very unfortunate but maybe they've got to go right back to the very start. It would appear the current panel of payers they have is just not up to that level. It's a major concern."

Antrim are already off the mark after their opening-round win in Kerry but manager Neal Peaden is expecting a reaction from the hosts in Tullamore.

"We are under no illusions that Offaly are going to be all guns blazing, with them losing their two games," he told The Irish News. "We are well aware of that and we know what we have to do."

New boss Kelly has wielded the axe, bringing four new players into the squad, including Peter Geraghty, who starts at wing-forward. There are six changes in all to the team that was well beaten by Westmeath.

Offaly: Eoghan Cahill; Ben Conneely, Dermot Shortt, Pat Camon (captain); Cillian Kiely, Shane Kinsella, Mark Egan; Aidan Treacy, Paddy Murphy; Colin Egan, Joe Bergin, Peter Geraghty; Shane Dooley, Oisin Kelly, Kevin Connolly.