If it was a game of hurling it would be very interesting, but Clare will be aiming for a double-digit winning margin against Waterford. Clare are -9 in the handicap betting.
Waterford haven’t won a Munster championship game since beating Clare in the quarter-final in 2010. Clare haven’t lost their opening Munster game since Cork beat them in the 2013 semi final. Since then Clare have beaten Waterford (2014) and Limerick (2015-16-17-18) in their first outing.
Clare finished sixth in Division 2 this year, winning two, drawing one and losing four of their seven games. Waterford finished fourth in Division 4, winning three and losing four games. Colm Collins is in his sixth season as Clare manager while Benji Whelan is in his first season. The winners will play Kerry in the Munster semi-final on June 1.
This is another pointless game for outright betting, its Clare 1/14 (Boylesports, Betvictor). If you do fancy wasting a few euro Waterford can be backed at 9/1 with nearly all bookmakers.
Boylesports are -9 Kildare and Paddypower are -10, so depending on who you fancy make sure you find the best value.
As usual, there were no total points announced till Friday, we had imagined it would be about 34.5 but Paddypower opened it at 33.5. This looks like a bet to leave alone.
It’s expected to be a stunning day with temps in the high teens, so expect a big score and lots of scores.
Clare – Eamonn Tubridy, star player David Tubridy and US-bound Keelan Sexton are all missing for the banner county, this would make it impossible back them.
Waterford – There are no injury concerns with the main inclusion being goalkeeper Darren Mulhearne who will make his first senior inter-county appearance at the ripe old age of 46.
Useful quotes from players and managers
According to Waterford manager Benji Whelan.“That’s what we’re after first of all that first win, Who knows what can happen then. There’s a lot in this group. They’re a very capable bunch. I’d like to see them play with a bit more confidence.
“The confidence came as the league wore on. Now it’s about trying to recreate that level of confidence within the group. If the group can play with confidence, they can play really stylish, free flowing, speedy football and that’s what we want. Winning breeds confidence. That’s what it’s all about. It’s very hard to have one without the other. It’s about a performance in Ennis and hopefully that will give us the confidence we need.”
We will have updates on the betting on Thursday and Saturday so you can see where the money is going
No movements of any significance
With Clare missing so many players this might not be as easy as expected so it would be a very brave man to back Clare -9. There has been no movement with the bookmakers so this might be a game to watch and not have a bet.