They meet in the championship for the 87th time, with Tipperary leading 39-38 in wins. There have also been eight draws and one abandoned game.
Liam Sheedy is in his first season as Tipperary manager, having been previously there in 2008-2010. John Meyler is in his second season year with Cork.
*Tipperary beat Cork by 1-29 to 1-16 in this year’s Allianz League in Pairc Ui Rinn. Tipperary reached the quarter-final where they lost to Dublin, leaving them with an overall return of two wins and four defeats. Cork won three and lost three of their six games.
Patrick Horgan was Cork’s top scorer in the Allianz League on 1-46 (0-38 frees, 0-1 ’65’). Seamus Callanan was Tipperary’s top scorer in the Allianz League on 3-29 (0-23 frees, 1-0 pen)
Its 11/10 both teams, this looks like a game that one side could actually win by six or seven points, but your guess is as good as mine to which side wins.
The handicap is zero, but you can back the draw at 12/1 with Betfred
This was always going to be high and expectations were around 48 to 50 and Paddypower have opened it t 50.5 which does not leave much value for punters.
Perfect conditions, with a clear sky and no wind, expect a savage game of hurling.
Useful quotes from players and managers
Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy said “In fairness, we would feel that sometimes maybe our own fans would question our work ethic throughout the pitch, and that’s something we would show flashes of,”
“But look, we’ve all listened behind the old stand and on that sideline and they do reward that honest endeavour, and that’s something that…we have very, very skilful players. But it’s bringing that and complementing that with a really, really high work ethic and I think that’s where the bar is set in the Munster championship.
“They (the supporters) don’t ask for much, in my view, they just want to see a really honest performance and that anyone who puts on that jersey understands what it means and the honour that goes with it to wear that jersey. So from that point of view, I’ve no doubt that we’ll bring a big crowd to Cork.
“And at the end of the day, the support that the team gets will be based on the performances they deliver on the pitch and I’ve no doubt that if this team brings the level of performance that they’re capable of, then the Tipperary public will come in behind them.”
Former Cork hurler Diarmuid O’Sullivan said
“The Tipp one is huge. Probably, it’ll be the one that’ll make or break Cork. You’d be very naïve not to think so. Cork have to go to Limerick and they have to go to Ennis so if it doesn’t go Cork’s way, it is a precarious road you would be on,” the Leeside legend told The Irish Daily Star.
“Alright, there’s another game, but you’re home to your biggest rival. We know what the Cork-Tipp rivalry is like. It’s raw, it’s unapologetic, you can put all the words you want on it but when it comes down to it, it’s Cork and Tipp.
“Tipp are in transition with their new management. Cork, we know where they’re at in relation to championship pace from last year. They’re still licking their wounds, can they pick up and build again? Is a Munster Championship a priority? There’s a few questions to be asked but they have to beat Tipperary at home because Munster’s a minefield.”
Updates on Friday and Sundays
There has been no significant move on either team with most bookmakers edging Cork as favourites at even money, we will see more movement over the weekend when teams are annoucned.