Anthony Daly doesn't see Borris-Ileigh freezing on All-Ireland final day and says they've played the better hurling while navigating the tougher route of the two finalists on Sunday. 

Five of the past six club hurling deciders have been relatively one-sided affairs - the exception being the Cuala-Na Piarsaigh showdowns of 2018 - with the underdog often failing to fire and slumping to a double-digit defeat. 

The two-time All-Ireland-winning captain doesn't foresee the same happening to Borris-Ileigh as they take on reigning champions Ballyhale Shamrocks, the most successful team in the history of the competition. 

Borris-Ileigh - who went on to win the All-Ireland title the last time they escaped Tipperary in 1986-87 - boast a number of inter-county All-Ireland medallists in their ranks in Paddy Stapleton, Dan McCormack and, the most high profile of them all, Brendan Maher. 

They've hit the crest of a wave this campaign, surprising Kiladangan in the Tipperary county final before doing likewise to the highly fancied Ballygunner in the Munster club final.

They overcame experienced Galway outfit St Thomas' in the Gaelic Grounds semi-final, the eventual seven-point margin probably not a reflection of the competitiveness of the encounter. 

Speaking to the RTÉ GAA podcast, Daly says Ballyhale Shamrocks are justified favourites but believes are tilted too far in favour in the Kilkenny champions. 

"They won a great Tipp final when they were underdogs against Kiladangan, then the following came out and beat Glen Rovers, won a great Munster final against Ballygunner, and then they came up to Limerick last week and beat the Galway champions. 

"So, they probably have a tougher route put down and have answered the questions every time.

"I think the odds on this one are slightly wrong. I think Borris-Ileigh have every chance. 

"You'd have to have Ballyhale as favourites. They've it done before and are going for their eighth All-Ireland club which is amazing stuff. 

"But I think this Borris-Ileigh team have really grown. Every time I see them, I see something new and something fresh from them. They're superbly coached from Johnny Kelly. 

"They've huge momentum. I think if you look at the two teams, they're playing the better hurling. 

"It's going to take something special. Borris-Ileigh will have to hit even higher notes than they hit against St Thomas' and Ballygunner and Glen Rovers to get over the line against unquestionably the best club team in Ireland at the moment.

"Ballyhale are rightly the favourites but I would have them much tighter favourites. I think it'll be tighter than people think."

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