It’s going to be a very tight match in Wexford park this evening, and we think the draw at 10/1 looks a very good bet.
Both are on four points, a point behind Galway and a point ahead of Dublin. The Wexford- Kilkenny winners will be guaranteed a place in the Leinster final. If it’s a draw, much will depend on the result in the Galway-Dublin game.
Kilkenny and Wexford have met 13 times in the championship since Brian Cody took over as Cats’ boss in late 1998. It’s 11-2 to Kilkenny in those games, with Wexford’s only successes coming in the 2004 and 2017 Leinster semi-finals. Wexford beat Kilkenny by 1-19 to 1-12 in this year’s Allianz League. Wexford have scored only five goals against Kilkenny in their last seven championships meetings. Kilkenny scored 16 goals in those games.
Top scorers for both teams after three rounds are as follows:
Wexford: Lee Chin 0-29 (0-21 frees, 0-4 ’65s’); Conor McDonald 1-8 (0-2 sidelines); Rory O’Connor 2-3. Kilkenny: TJ Reid 5-35 (0-25 frees, 2-0 pens, 0-3 ’65s’); Ger Aylward 1-3; Austin Murphy 0-6.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2018: Kilkenny O-22 Wexford 1-18 (Leinster ’round robin’) 2017: Wexford 1-20 Kilkenny 3-11 (Leinster semi-final)
2015: Kilkenny 5-25 Wexford 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
2011: Kilkenny 1-26 Wexford 1-15 (Leinster semi-final)
2008: Kilkenny 5-21 Wexford 0-17 (Leinster final)
Betfred are the stand-out price at 4/6 on Kilkenny, while Skybet are a big 15/8 on Wexford, the draw can be backed at 10/1 with Betfred.
You can get Wexford +3 at 5/6 with Betfred and Kilkenny can be backed at -2 at 1/1 with Paddypower.
There might be a few showers in the first half but it should be a lovely evening in Wexford Park, this game is under/over 47.5 which looks just a few points on the high side, expect about 42 or 43 points.
There are no changes on the Wexford team
Kilkenny welcome back All-Star goalkeeper Eoin Murphy to their starting 15, and Walter Walsh is back in the 26-man match-day squad
Wexford (Leinster SHC v Kilkenny): Mark Fanning; Damien Reck, Liam Ryan, Simon Donohue; Paudie Foley, Matthew O’Hanlon, Shaun Murphy; Kevin Foley, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Rory O’Connor, Liam Óg McGovern, Paul Morris; Cathal Dunbar, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald
Kilkenny (Leinster SHC v Wexford): Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Huw Lawlor, Tommy Walsh; Conor Fogarty, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Alan Murphy, Richie Leahy; Adrian Mullen, Billy Ryan, TJ Reid; Bill Sheehan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward.
Subs: Darren Brennan, Joey Holden, Enda Morrissey, Jason Cleere, Conor Browne, Cillian Buckley, Richie Hogan, John Donnelly, Liam Blanchfield, James Maher, Walter Walsh.
“Davy doesn’t mind fellas knocking him, he’s probably used to it after coming from Clare and Waterford,We have him here in the county as our manager and we want him to do the best he can for us. But after three years if he does go away and if we haven’t won any silverware, he has still risen the county in terms of greater attendance at matches and more kids interested in the game. The likes of Ned Wheeler and the great men of the old (teams), they died with their shirts on their backs and Davy has instilled that into our players of today. It’s up to them now to go out and in terms of Kilkenny, or wherever we go after that, self-belief is key to you being better than the opposition.” ” Former Wexford hurler Larry O’Gorman told the Irish Examiner.
Lee Chin has described the match as a “do or die” encounter. “Any team that has goals or has set their ambitions to win something,” he remarked. “I think Kilkenny has been a monkey on every team’s back for years and if you’re competing with and beating the likes of Kilkenny on the odd occasion, you’re not too far away. The last couple of years we’ve had serious battles with them. We’ve played them nine times in the time Davy has been down so far, we’re fairly even and this game is do or die. It’s going to take a complete performance to get over the line. We’re going to have to stay in the game so it’s a huge challenge ahead of us.”
Thoughts on the betting
There has been no moves in the market which indicates it’s going to be very tight, so the 10/1 on a draw with Betfred should give punters some enjoyment.