Cats no longer cream of hurling crop, according to bookies
The Kilkenny senior hurling team are just fourth favourite to claim back the Liam McCarthy cup in 2021, with newly-crowned All-Ireland champions Limerick unsurprisingly emerging as the bookies’ favourite.
The Treaty men put Waterford to the sword on Sunday with an awesome display of total hurling to win their second title in three years.
In the first released odds for the 2021 championship, which will be completed in a little over six months time – Limerick are the red hot 13/8 favourites to retain Liam, according to Boylesports.
A spokesperson for the bookmaker said: “Limerick are already seeing support from punters to retain the Liam McCarthy Cup next year following their impressive All-Ireland final victory over Waterford at Croke Park.
“The early betting makes Tipperary the main danger at 7/2 while Kilkenny are 7/1 shots to dethrone Limerick having ended their bid at the semi-final stage last year.
“Waterford’s run to the final has seen them clipped in to 10/1 from 12/1 to go one better next year,” the spokesperson concluded.
Galway can be got at 9/2, Cork joins the Deise at 10/1, and they are followed by Clare (14/1), Wexford (20/1), and Dublin (50/1).
Laois, who recently lost Kilkenny legend Eddie Brennan as manager, are available at 1,000/1. Joe McDonagh cup winners Antrim are 5,000/1 outsiders.