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Saturday 21 October 2017

Kelly whistle, Cody bristles

DIVISION 1A

GALWAY v KILKENNY

(Pearse Stadium, Tomorrow 2.0)

THERE'S no escaping it. Most eyes in Salthill will be drawn towards two 'players' who aren't playing at all - Brian Cody and Barry Kelly - and the interaction, or any, between them. If you don't understand that intro, then type in "kelly cody google" or else return home to Mars.

Now, pressing on from the back story of last year's All-Ireland, here's the current one: Kilkenny are still coming out on the wrong end of contentious refereeing decisions (check out Jonjo Farrell's successful appeal against his Dublin dismissal).

Moreover, they are still seriously depleted, especially up front, and that leaves them vulnerable against most opponents.

But does that include Galway?

We've long since abandoned the experiment of trying to second-guess our mercurial Tribesmen, who have begun this league in trademark fashion - home win over Clare, away defeat to Tipp.

According to Anthony Cunningham's latest team announcement, Joe Canning is still not ready to resume after his finger injury.

With Canning on the pitch, we'd fancy Galway to sneak it. Without him? Here's a very tentative leap of faith ...

ODDS: Galway 6/5, Draw 9/1, Kilkenny 5/6 VERDICT: Galway

CLARE v TIPPERARY

(Ennis, Tom 2.0, live TG4)

THE Banner's six-match record in league and championship reads as follows: five defeats, one draw, zero victories.

The 2013 All-Ireland champions desperately need a morale-boosting kickstart, but this could go right to the wire.

ODDS: Clare 6/5, Draw 9/1, Tipp 5/6

VERDICT: Clare

DIVISION 1B

OFFALY v WATERFORD

(Tullamore, Today 3.0)

ODDS: Offaly 3/1, Draw 10/1, Waterford 3/10

VERDICT: Waterford

WEXFORD v LIMERICK

(Wexford Park, Tom 12.45)

ODDS: Wexford 6/5, Draw 17/2, Limerick 4/5

VERDICT: Limerick

ANTRIM v LAOIS

(Armoy, Tomorrow 2.0)

ODDS: Antrim 8/11, Draw 8/1, Laois 13/10

VERDICT: Antrim

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