MUNSTER SHC ROUND 4

Saturday
Cork v Waterford, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7pm

Sunday
Limerick v Clare, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 4pm

TV
Cork v Waterford live on Sky Sports, Limerick v Clare live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Live overseas on GAAGO. Highlights of both games on The Sunday Game at 9.30pm.

ONLINE
Live blogs on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1pm on Sunday.

RADIO
Live commentary of both games on  RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport.

WEATHER
Saturday: Dry for much of day, but passing showers too especially in afternoon. Moderate west winds. Highest temperatures 14 to 16 degrees.
Sunday: Showers will be widespread during the afternoon before dying out again in the evening. Highest temperatures 13 to 16 degrees; winds light and variable. For more see met.ie

Neighbourhood watch

Limerick and Clare have always had an intense rivalry but the stakes are particularly high this weekend.

If Clare win, John Kiely's side will go no further this summer, even if they were to beat Tipperary.

It would be the earliest exit by reigning All-Ireland champions since 1992 and one that scarcely seemed possible when they cruised to the Allianz Hurling League title just over two months ago.

But such is the cut-throat nature of the round-robin Munster championship.

Limerick will be confident of avoiding that fate however, after recovering from their opening day lapse against Cork with a commanding 20-point victory in Waterford last weekend.

Clare only won in Walsh Park by a point and were thrashed by Tipperary at home last week.

They are also the away team on Sunday, but will point to their 11-point win over the Treaty men in Munster last year as grounds for optimism. The Banner haven't lost a Championship game to Limerick since 2015.

If Clare lose this one, anything other than a big win over Cork on the final day might not be enough, unless Limerick can also beat Tipperary.

Michael Duignan's verdict: "Your Tony Kellys, Colm Galvins, Peter Duggans, John Conlons, Shane O'Donnells, they don't become bad players overnight. They had an off-day and Tipp played really well. 

"Going into a local derby against Limerick, it's going to be much closer. Clare are going to come with a performance.

"But I think Limerick's need and their key players - Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Cian Lynch - stood up last week. John Kiely made key changes in the half-back line, dropping Diarmaid Byrnes, and he was backed up by the players on the field. 

"I think it's going to be the game of the championship and I'm expecting Limerick to come through a titanic battle."

Last five Championship Meetings
2018 Clare 0-26 Limerick 0-15 (Munster round-robin)
2017 Clare 3-17 Limerick 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2016 Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2015 Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15 (Munster quarter-final)
2013 Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Dark days for Déise

Despite three defeats in three games, Waterford can still technically make the All-Ireland knock-out stages. 

For that to happen, they would have to defeat Cork heavily, hope Clare beat Limerick and then the Rebels by big margins and that Tipp also thrash the Treaty.

An unlikely sequence of events, especially given that they have scored an average of 0-17 per game so far, compared to Cork's 1-25 and table-toppers Tipperary's 2-26.

A more realistic goal for Paráic Fanning and his men is to salvage some pride from what has been a second consecutive disastrous Munster campaign from a team that were All-Ireland finalists less than two years ago.

'Atrocious' was how Donal Óg Cusack and Henry Shefflin described their performance in defeat to Limerick last weekend and Cork will be hopeful of victory having had a week off after getting back on track against the All-Ireland champions in round 2.

Michael Duignan's verdict: "There's a lot of soul-searching going on in Waterford, and a lot of comment about their players during the week. 

"It's been a difficult week for them and I don't think it'll get any easier in going to Cork. 

"Cork disappointed against Tipp but blew the championship wide open against Limerick. Alan Cadogan coming off the bench really sparked them to life that day.

"They've Mark Ellis back at centre back and Eoin Cadogan at full-back and with that forward unit in top form, Cork will have too much firepower, especially given Waterford are scoring so little at the moment."

Last five Championship Meetings
2018 Cork 1-23 Waterford 0-20 (Munster round robin)
2017 Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2017 Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
2015 Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
2014 Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14 (Munster quarter-final replay)

Follow all the hurling action this weekend via our live blogs on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, listen to live national commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 and watch live and exclusive TV coverage of Kilkenny v Galway and Limerick v Clare on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player this Sunday