Saturday 14 November

Clare v Wexford, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 2pm

The Davy Derby, two Clare heroes of yesteryear on the line. Once blood brothers, now enemies. A Clare version of a superhero movie, you could say.

Clare were further ahead of Laois last week than the final score suggested, but an over-reliance on Tony Kelly is bound to catch up with them.

He's scored 30 of their 51 scores in their last two outings.

Clare received a significant blow very late last night when their appeal to have David McInerney's red card rescinded failed.

Wexford have been under the Clare hero's management for longer, and are coming off a poor showing. There's too much on the line for Davy Fitzgerald (below) and Wexford to lose this one.

Verdict: Wexford

Tipperary v Cork, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 4pm

The strangeness of our times. This fixture makes you think of summer and happy crowds.

Cork responded well last weekend and must bring that attacking spirit again.

The need for Tipperary to score goals rang true against Limerick. The same is true for Cork, but with less needed to tip the balance.

I hope I'm wrong, but I'm going with Tipperary.

Verdict: Tipperary

Galway v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 6.15pm

Kilkenny had a good first half versus Dublin. Or did the the Dubs have a dire half an hour versus the Cats? We will know more tomorrow night.

Galway, with a new management, look to have recharged their batteries yet again. This will only be Shane O'Neill's second championship game in charge of Galway, and he will be the eighth manager of the Tribesmen that Brian Cody has faced during his tenure.

Galway showed enough the last day to get the nod. They're less reliant on Joe Canning, and Brian Concannon and Conor Whelan were red-hot against Wexford. They appear strong all over the field.

Kilkenny will test that theory but the game is there for Galway. 

Verdict: Galway

Sunday 15 November

Waterford v Limerick, Thurles, 4pm

Liam Cahill has good times ahead in Waterford, but this weekend isn't going to be one of them.

Limerick are three years further down the road, and in Gearóid Hegarty and Aaron Gillane they have two players that have been, at times, unplayable.

I expect manic resistance for long periods from Waterford, but in the end it will most likely prove futile.

Verdict: Limerick

Donál Óg Cusack was speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland

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