ALL-IRELAND SHC QUARTER-FINALS

Saturday

Cork v Galway, Semple Stadium, 1.45pm

Cork and Galway are first up as part of a massive double-header in Thurles.

Cork have named an unchanged side from the one that beat Antrim by 11 points last Saturday in Belfast.

The Rebels had a number of injury concerns but all have been named in the starting 15 which means top scorer Patrick Horgan is again listed among the substitutes.

This game has the feel of a hurling equivalent of a blind date - which versions of the teams will turn up?

The early championship Cork who reappeared in Corrigan Park the last week, or the compelling version we saw against Waterford and Tipp?

Will we see the Galway side that beat Kilkenny in the round-robin stage or the insipid Galway that lost the Leinster final?

If the best of Cork turns up with the best version of their defence, they are backed to win. Anything else and all bets are off in this one.

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Wexford v Clare, Semple Stadium, 3.45pm

The main billing tomorrow has been given to Clare and Wexford. Clare have received a huge boost with both Peter Duggan and Rory Hayes being cleared to play after successfully appealing their suspensions post that unforgettable Munster final.

Undoubtedly the most improved side in hurling this year, Clare will want to keep focus against what is a dangerous proposition in Wexford.

The Yellowbellies' loss to Dublin and draw with Westmeath seems like a long time ago and the result against Kilkenny, in addition to the ruthless streak exhibited against Kerry last weekend, suggests an upward turn of their form.

Expect a fierce battle, but Clare should have enough rage in them to make it through to the semi-finals.

Dónal Óg Cusack was speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme

Follow the All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter-finals on Saturday, Galway v Cork (1.45pm) and Clare v Wexford (3.45pm), via our live blog on rte.ie/sport or on the RTÉ News app. Watch live coverage on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player commencing at 1.15pm with live radio commentary on RTÉ Radio 1

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