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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Premier's lofty billing fully justified

MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL

LIMERICK v TIPPERARY

(Gaelic Grounds, Tomorrow, 4.0, Live RTÉ2)

EOIN Kelly let the cat out of the bag this week.

"They were in Carton House last weekend, usually they're there before an All-Ireland or a Munster final. So that's a sign," he surmised.

"I heard myself during the week that he (Eamon O'Shea) said openly in the paper that 'we're going to Limerick to win'.

"That's not usually Eamon's line, Eamon is usually saying 'we have great belief in the squad and we're looking forward to the challenge ahead.'

Two surprise defeats on the spin to the same opposition will do that to a team, especially one with long game aspirations like Tipp's.

John O'Dwyer (right), Cathal Barrett, Lar Corbett and John McGrath are all struggling for fitness but Limerick have problems of their own.

Gavin O'Mahony and Paul Browne remain unsure of their involvement and though management have sought to alleviate concerns over Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey and Graeme Mulcahy, all three have missed out on banks of training.

McCarthy struggled on Shane O'Donnell in Thurles, though 'Bonner' Maher may be more suited to his weaponry if O'Shea chooses to deploy him in the same spot as last year.

In truth, Tipp have too much going for them at the moment not to be favourites, regardless of their opposition.

ODDS: Limerick 13/8, Draw 9/1, Tipperary 4/7

VERDICT: Tipperary

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