Kildare had lots of highs and lows last season, but they should have way too much for Wicklow who are languishing in Division Four. The handicap starts with Kildare -9 at 10/11.
Kildare finished fourth in Division 2 this year (three wins, three defeats, one draw); Wicklow were fifth in Division 4 (three wins, four defeats.) Kildare manager, Cian O’Neill is in his fourth season as Lilywhites’ boss while John Evans is in his second season with Wicklow. The winners will play Longford in the Leinster quarter-final on May 26.
This is another pointless game for outright betting, its 1/16 (Boylesports, Betvictor). If you do fancy wasting a few euro Wicklow can be backed at 9/1 with nearly all bookmakers.
Boylesports are -10 Kildare and Paddypower are -9, so depending on who you fancy make sure you find the best value.
As usual, there are no total points announced till Friday, we would imagine it will be about 32.5
Very little wind and no rain expected so it should be a good game for overs
Kildare have named a full-strength team to play Wicklow
Wicklow – Paul McLoughlin (shoulder), Gearoid Murphy (shoulder), Mark Fitzsimons (broken hand) and Fintan O’Shea (shoulder) are all missing.
Useful quotes from players and managers
“The biggest disappointment so far is that we haven’t be able to generate momentum with the consistency of selection with two All-Star nominees Daniel Flynn and Paul Cribbin not available for the most part,” said O’Neill the Kildare manager
“Add in Niall Flynn travelling and key injuries to Ben McCormack, Kevin Flynn and David Slattery and it has been tough. He always gets the best out of his players from a working point of view so we need to be ready for that and its our job as a management team to make sure the players are in a position to do that.
“Losing doesn’t even come into our mindset, all we can focus on is what we can bring to Cullen Park on Saturday and it’s not about any ifs, buts or maybes as we focus on ourselves.”
Thursday update 11:30pm
There is still no movement in the markets but with team news due Friday, we should see some changes.
Saturday morning 8:26am
After the team news was announced and Kildare have a full team and Wicklow are missing four, some bookmakers went -10 and other were 8/11 -9. But surprisingly Kildare are still -9 10/11 with Paddypower. We may check again before the start of the match.