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Saturday 10 December 2016

Kerry hold too much power

TIPPERARY v KERRY

(Thurles, Tomorrow, 3.30)

IT happens every decade or so. Limerick were the last of Munster's road kill to seriously threaten the natural order and now, with a batch of U21s so big and bold and talented as Tipp's, they're seen as the next county most likely - albeit briefly - to take a place in the highest nest in the Southern province.

Which is all well and good, expect they've Kerry in the first round. And not your normal Kerry-in-June sort of Kerry either.

No, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his players have just returned from a week long camp in the Algarve and possess a bench to drool over.

Things get hot and uncomfortable in Thurles early on? Gooch failing to immediately rediscover his genius? Try James O'Donoghue or Darran O'Sullivan or Tommy Walsh or Donnchadh Walsh.

The normal turn of events for these sort of games is the down-trodden side puts an early but very real fright into the opposition, only to get caught on the home straight.

In the GAA - and particularly Munster football - traditions aren't easily broken.

ODDS: Tipperary 6/1, Draw 14/1, Kerry 1/7

VERDICT: Kerry

CORK v CLARE

(Páirc Uí Rinn, Tomorrow, 3.30)

LAST, Cork's progressive spring was destroyed by Dublin in League semi-final.

They followed it up with a near loss to Tipperary and the mother, father, sister and brother of all hidings to Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A year on, they're in precisely the same spot.

Dublin ruined an otherwise rehabilitative spring in the League final and thus, Brian Cuthbert has made six changes to the team that capitulated therein.

Jamie O'Sullivan - after all the talk - is out after all.

Eoin Cadogan and John O'Rourke are injured but of those coming on, only Seán Cronin is a newcomer.

Brian O'Driscoll, Barry O'Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O'Connor and Alan O'Connor - making his first Championship appearance in two years having reserved a decision to retire - are the other changes. In Ennis, just maybe you'd give Clare a chance. In Cork - no chance.

ODDS: Cork 1/25, Draw 25/1, Clare 11/1

VERDICT: Cork

- by conor mcKEON

BOYLESPORTS BET

THE HERALD WAGER: €10 on Kildare and Laois to draw @ 15/2. €10 on Armagh and Donegal to draw @ 15/2. €30 Treble on Meath (-10) @ 10/11, Armagh (+2) EVS, Tipperary (+5) 11/8.

CARRYOVER PROFIT: €290.09

THE BLANCHE BET: €50 Treble (5/1): Kildare EVS, Mayo 1/2, Armagh (+2) EVS.

CARRYOVER PROFIT: €355

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