GAA betting preview – They meet in the Leinster final for the first time since 2008, with Kilkenny seeking their 72nd provincial title, while Wexford are bidding for their 21st.
Wexford last won the Leinster title in 2004 when they beat Offaly in the final. Kilkenny‘s last title was in 2016. Kilkenny and Wexford have met 14 times in the championship since Brian Cody took over as Cats’ boss in late 1998. It’s 11-2 to Kilkenny with one draw in those games. Wexford’s only successes came in the 2004 and 2017 Leinster semi-finals.
Wexford’s last win over Kilkenny in the Leinster final was in 1997 when they finished six points clear, 2-14 to 1-11. Wexford were reigning All-ireland champions at the time. Wexford won one (Carlow) and drew three games (Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny) in the Leinster ’round robin.’ Kilkenny won two (Dublin, Carlow), drew one (Wexford) and lost one (Galway ). Davy Fitzgerald is leading Wexford into the Leinster final for a second time, having lost to Galway in 2017. He previously managed Waterford in four Munster finals, winning against Cork in a replay in 2010 and losing to Tipperary in 2009-2011
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2019: Kilkenny 1-18 Wexford 0-21 (2019 Leinster ’round robin) 2018: Kilkenny 0-22 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)
LAST FIVE LEINSTER FINAL MEETINGS
2008: Kilkenny 5-21 Wexford 0-17 2007: Kilkenny 2-24 Wexford 1-12
2006: Kilkenny 1-23 Wexford 2-12
2005: Kilkenny 0-22 Wexford 1-16 2003: Kilkenny 2-23 Wexford 2-12
PATHS TO THE FINAL
Kilkenny 2-23 Dublin 1-21
Kilkenny 3-22 Carlow 1-14
Galway 3-20 Kilkenny 2-22
Kilkenny 1-18 Wexford 0-21
WEXFORD Dublin 1-22 Wexford 2-19 Galway 0-16 Wexford 0-16 Wexford 2-28 Carlow 0-19 Wexford 0-21 Kilkenny 1-18
TJ Reid… 5-42 (0-32 frees, 2-0 pens, 0-3 ‘655) , Colin Fennelly……….1-4 , Adrian Mullen………..1-3, Austin Murphy……..0-6 , Ger Aylward….……1-3
Lee Chin. ..………..0-35 (0-26 frees,0-5 655′) Conor McDonald…….1-10 (0-2 sidelines) Rory O’Connor……...2-5 Diarmuid O’Keeffe…..0-7 Cathal Dunbar……...0-5
Betway are a stand out 4/7 on Kilkenny after Paddypower moving from 4/7 to 4/9. Wexford can be backed at 5/2 with Boylesports. Betfred, as usual, are the stand out price on the draw at 10/1.
Kilkenny were 1/1 -2 at the start of the week, but now the best price is 4/5 with Ladbrokes. Wexford can be backed +4 with Betfred at 5/6.
Perfect conditions for hurling and with plenty of goals predicted in this game, backing 4 or more goals at 6/4 with Paddypower looks a good bet.
Both teams remain unchanged from their draw two weeks ago.
Wexford (Leinster SHC final v Kilkenny): Mark Fanning; Damien Reck, Liam Ryan, Simon Donohoe; Paudie Foley, Matthew O’Hanlon, Shaun Murphy; Kevin Foley, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Liam Og McGovern, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; Cathal Dunbar, Rory O’Connor, Paul Morris.
Kilkenny (Leinster SHC final v Wexford): Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Huw Lawlor, Joey Holden; Paddy Deegan, Padraig Walsh, Enda Morrissey; Cillian Buckley, Conor Fogarty; Richie Leahy, Walter Walsh, TJ Reid; Billy Ryan, Colin Fennelly, Adrian Mullen.
Subs: Darren Brennan, Tommy Walsh, Jason Cleere, Conor Browne, Alan Murphy, Richie Hogan, John Donnelly, Ger Aylward, Liam Blachfield, James Maher, Bill Sheehan.
All the money has been for Kilkenny, so either get on the -2 or the four or more goals at 6/4