This will be the first Munster hurling championship game played in Walsh Park since 1996 when Tipperary beat Waterford (1-14 to 1-11) in front of a crowd of 15,565. The game marked the senior championship debut of Ken McGrath, who went on to become one of Waterford’s all-time greats.
This will be the 32nd championship meeting between the counties, with Clare leading 16-11 while there have been four draws from the previous 31. Clare and Waterford met in the quarter-final of this year’s Allianz League, with the Deise winning easily (0-31 to 1-14) in Walsh Park. Waterford trailed by two points at half-time after playing against the wind but outscored the visitors by 0-20 to 0-4 in the second half.
Waterford, who reached this year’s Allianz League final where they lost to Limerick, won six and lost two of their eight games. Clare won two, drew one and lost three of their six games
Paraic Fanning is his first season as Waterford manager while the Gerry O’Connor/ Donal Moloney partnership is in its third term at the Banner helm. Stephen Bennett was Waterford’s top scorer in the Allianz League on 4-85 (2-68 frees, 0-1 ’65).
Peter Duggan was Clare’s top scorer in the League on 3-33 (0-28 frees, 2-0 pens, 0-3 ’65’s, 0-1 sideline).
It’s not often you have both teams over even money, but this game is just impossible call and the draw at 12/1 looks big value with Betfred.
With the outright market so close the handicap is zero.
We thought this game would be around 45pts and Paddypower makes it under and over 46.5, this looks about right so no real value.
No wind with some sun and a few clouds, so expect a really entertaining game of hurling.
No major team news from either team, once we get the starting teams they will appear here
Useful quotes from players and managers
“We’d a brief taste of Walsh Park towards the end of the national hurling league, the home games against Galway and Clare, and that will help, being familiar with the surroundings, lads playing club games there of course. That all helps, as opposed to going away where you’re trying to time everything. We can do it pretty spot on at home, If you don’t win it, there will always be more pressure. If you do win it does lesson it a little bit. That’s the reality for everyone. But if you don’t win the first one it’s far from game over either. You could win the next three. But getting off to a good start certainly helps.” Stated Waterford hurling manager Paraic Fanning.
“From my own point of view I was just trying to shake off niggles and injuries and just get a clear run at it, thankfully, I just got a good run early on with the Munster league and then the league came along and I had a few good games so, thankfully it has taken off now. It is really about getting the confidence back and going out to play games continuously and that was what I was striving to get for the last few years. Now I am just delighted to be able to go out training, so it is a real added bonus to be able to get game time and play well. I’m thrilled to do that. said Clare’s Shane Golden
Updates Friday and Sunday
There has been a moved with Betfred from 11/10 to 10/11, Betfred were the stand out 11/10 so the best price on the Deise is now 1/1. If more companies follow suit and Waterford go odds on by Sunday it might be worth following the money.