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Dublin eyes value pick in Allianz Hurling League third round

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GAA free to throw tips, best bets and match previews for this weekend’s Allianz Hurling League fixtures.

Best bets

1pt 2-1 Ladbrokes

Dublin +3
2pts 5-6 BoyleSports

A draw or either team wins by less than four points in Galway against Wexford
1pt 10-11 Ladbrokes

Laois +13
1pt 10-11 BoyleSports

2pts 21-20 bet365

Limerick-Limerick double result
1pt Evs BoyleSports

Limerick v Cork

TG4, 3:45 p.m. Sunday

Limerick bounced back from back-to-back defeats at the start of last year’s league campaign to run out comfortable eight-point winners over Cork and reigning title-holders All Ireland enter this weekend’s contest in a similar situation.

John Kiely won’t be too freaked out by what he saw in defeats to Wexford and Galway this month given the start of the year, but a full 70-minute performance with increased intensity will surely be a high priority this time.

They will be well aware Cork could see this as a chance to get ahead of rivals Munster, especially after last year’s 16-point humiliation in the Championship decider. Limerick should improve with every game in this competition.

We won’t see the best of Treaty County until late summer, but they are still better than Cork and can cover the three point handicap.

Limerick led at half time in both of their games in this competition, even firing ten wide in the first half against Wexford. Even the money for them to be up front on the break and full time is worth a small gamble.

Galway v Wexford

TG4 (delayed coverage), 2 p.m. Sunday

Both Galway and Wexford are under new management, have both beaten Limerick recently and are both set to extend their unbeaten starts for the current league campaign to level the playing field at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Galway were bound to gain confidence with their recent win over the defending All-Ireland champions, but Gearoid Hegarty’s second-half dismissal changed the complexion of this game hugely and exaggerated the winning margin by six points.

Wexford have shown steel in each of their league successes this month, but whether they have the same quality as Galway is up for debate.

It has all the makings of a pinch and tuck battle, so a draw or either team to win by less than four points seems the stronger option at 10-11.

Kilkenny v Laois

2 p.m. Sunday

Despite beating Antrim and putting on a solid enough display against Tipperary, Kilkenny badly missed out on their Ballyhale contingent in the opening two rounds of the league.

Brian Cody can now begin planning for the return of these key people, but exactly when they will all be back in action for their counties remains to be seen.

For example, inspirational talent TJ Reid is on his honeymoon and the Cats’ offensive strength just isn’t the same without him in the roster.

After a positive start to the campaign staying within four points of Tipperary despite having a man sent off, Laois suffered a heavy 7-31 0-19 defeat at the hands of Waterford last time out and had a weekend -end extra to think about. What didn’t go well.

Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett will be looking to evoke a strong response from his side and the 13-point handicap between the sides looks too big. Kilkenny doesn’t have the same lethal attack threat as Waterford and Laois can keep things tighter than the market suggests.

Tipperary v Dublin

GAA Go, 5 p.m. Saturday

Tipperary won their first two league outings for new boss Colm Bonnar at the top of Division 1B, but they failed to impress too much.

This is clearly a somewhat transitional phase for Premier County and they failed to impress beating a side of 14 Laois by just four points in the first round before coming up against a missing Kilkenny unit some key players.

Walsh Cup winners Dublin started early in the campaign and emerged with credit for their draw with a strong Waterford side before surviving a tricky away clash with Antrim.

The Dubs appear to be at a more advanced stage than many of their rivals and they have the potential to cause an upset.

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