Kilkenny v Dublin, Croke Park, Sunday 3.45pm
Dublin put in a good performance last week, racking up an impressive 2-31 in the process, albeit against what must be said, an unimpressive Laois.
Kilkenny are like all teams at the moment that haven't their first day out, we have no form really to go by, but they have been operating at a higher level than Dublin for the last few years and I expect this to continue in Croke Park.
Galway v Wexford, Croke Park, Saturday 6.15pm (live on RTÉ2)
Galway were All-Ireland champions three seasons ago and finalists in 2018. Wexford could have been champions last season. This could come down to who has managed the pandemic the best and I know Davy Fitzgerald doesn't do not being prepared.
Given the fact that Wexford are further down the road than Shane O’Neill is with Galway in his first year in charge, I’d fancy the Yellowbellies.
Cork v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Saturday 3.30pm
Cork have injuries to Darragh Fitzgibbon and Eoin Cadogan, while Robbie O’Flynn is suspended. Waterford’s team shows their marquee player Austin Gleeson named at wing-back, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him deployed much further up the field.
The Déise have a new manager in Liam Cahill, who has a good record against Cork at underage level. This Cork team, while unfair to generalise, isn’t noted for high workrate, and the numbers over the past few years support that statement. Liam Cahill’s teams generally are known for their work ethic.
If the Rebels aren’t ready for that, they will be in trouble. The game, however, is on in Thurles which Cork would nearly consider a home venue and maybe my heart is ruling my head when I give them a tentative vote.
Limerick v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Sunday 4pm (live on RTÉ2)
The champions of the last two years and what a prospect in store on Leeside. I’m covering this game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and really looking forward to it. We are looking at two serious title contenders.
How have Tipp managed during the shutdown? Who knows? We know how Limerick have fared out after their win over Clare, getting rid of any cobwebs during the first half against the Banner men.
Limerick don’t do goals like Tipp do and Liam Sheedy’s men will need goals from their attack to win this. The Treaty men appear most vulnerable in their full-back line, so that aspect of the game makes for intriguing viewing.
Having said all that, I’m going for Limerick to march into a Munster based on their overall game.
Donal Óg Cusack was speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland