Derek McGrath, Colm O'Rourke and Colm Keys of the Irish Independent join Mikey Stafford and Rory O’Neill to look ahead to the weekend action.

We start by looking at the battle of Master and Apprentice in Salthill as Brian Cody’s Kilkenny travel to take on Henry Shefflin’s Galway. Derek believes the focus on the sidelines will suit both sets of players, but Galway’s injuries and Kilkenny’s in-form forwards could be telling.

It’s a do-or-die affair in Semple Stadium as Cork 'host’ Clare. The Rebels have had two weeks to tweak things after Limerick horror show and while Clare were mighty impressive in beating Tipperary, there is a sense that Cork will have a response. They need one to stay in the Championship.


There is a buzz about the Leinster SFC this weekend (no really) but the lads are not leaving much room for romance as they mostly back Dublin, Meath and Kildare to see off Wexford, Wicklow and Louth respectively.

Colm regales us with memories of ‘warm weather’ training camps in his day, while also railing against the Twitterati, while Darragh Ó Sé’s blistering column on the Cork footballers is also mentioned.

Early season promise for Derry has dissipated slightly and as their fixture with Tyrone looms, few hold out hope for Rory Gallagher’s men.

Monaghan will beat Down but the lads are slightly perplexed and depressed at the plight of the Mournemen.

Munster holds some intrigue this week as neighbours Clare and Limerick clash, with the Treatymen getting the nod from a majority of the panel.

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