All-Ireland SHC semi-final
Wexford v Tipperary, Croke Park, 3.30pm

Live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Also live on Sky Sports and overseas on GAAGO.
Highlights on The Sunday Game at 9.30pm, RTÉ2.

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Sunday will see sunny spells for much of the country and just isolated showers. Highest temperatures of 16 to 21 degrees. For more see

Hope meets expectation in an intriguing contest at Croke Park on Sunday. But which team is which? 

Given Wexford chairman Derek Kent's prediction of 40,000 Yellowbellies descending on Croke Park and Liam Sheedy pleading for Tipp fans to make the trip, you would be forgiven for thinking Tipperary were underdogs.

A month ago, they would have been nailed-on favourites for this match-up after strolling through the Munster round robin with a 100% record.

A 12-point humbling to Limerick in the provincial decider and less than convincing quarter-final victory over Laois has dimmed their aura however.

Wexford are still on a high from winning their first Leinster title in 15 years, over old rivals Kilkenny no less.

The Davy Fitzgerald project has delivered the silverware it needed to sustain the wave of optimism that has infused the county over the last three years, and a first All-Ireland final appearance since the glory year of 1996 is tantalisingly close.

They are the only unbeaten team left in the competition and will be confident of upsetting the odds once more.

Aidan Nolan is available for selection again after missing the Leinster final through suspension

And yet, you feel more might need to go right for Wexford. Can Lee Chin repeat his accuracy from placed balls and his forward colleagues win enough possession against probably the outstanding half-back line in the game?

At the other end it's the Championship's most potent attack against the stingiest defence, reinforced by sweeper Kevin Foley.

Limerick stifled the Tipperary forwards in the Munster final but they still managed two goals, matching their average over six games. Wexford have conceded only two goals in their five outings to date.

It is the counties' first meeting at Croke Park since the 2007 quarter-final, when a late Damien Fitzhenry free broke Tipp hearts to earn Wexford's most recent appearance in the final four.

The following year, Davy Fitz led Waterford past Tipperary in Sheedy's first semi-final in charge. He turned the tables in 2010.

One of these elite managers will be leading a team into an All-Ireland final for the third time next month. It should be fun finding out who.

Michael Duignan's verdict

"We know what Wexford are going to bring. We know what way they are going to set up.

"If you take their game against Kilkenny, they had only three wides in the whole game. Their key men - Lee Chin, Rory O'Connor, Liam Óg McGovern were all outstanding. On Sunday, they will be a hard nut to crack.

"So what Tipperary team will turn up? Earlier in the championship, they looked imperious. And then the wheels came off in a very dramatic way against Limerick in the Munster final.Their second-half performance was terrible and then they scrapped past Laois without inspiring much confidence. Is that the Tipperary team or is it the team we saw earlier in the championship?

"Tipperary will find Croke Park to their liking; Eamon O'Shea will come up with a plan to break down Davy Fitzgerald's sweeper system. It will be intriguing to watch it unfold and it will be tight. I think Tipperary can deliver a big performance, if they deliver that, they will win."

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