February 29, 2024
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Galway tipped to declaw Cats as Kilkenny go into Leinster showdown as underdogs

Bookies have tipped Galway to slay Brian Cody’s Cats as the rivals prepare to meet in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final on Saturday for the sixth time.

The Tribesmen saw off the challenge of Wexford with a comfortable final score line of 1-27 to 0-17, prompting BoyleSports to install Shane O’Neill’s side as 8/13 favourites from 4/6 to win the Leinster decider.

Kilkenny, admittedly, were not as convincing over Dublin in their semi-final clash at Croke Park. The Cats surged into a 15 point lead at half time only to scrape through by a point at full-time following an impressive comeback effort from the Dubs.

But Cody, now in his 22nd year as Kilkenny coach, is unlikely to much attention to the ‘underdog’ tag as his side head into the Leinster decider as 7/4 outsiders.

Galway are the 7/2 second favourites to go on and win the All-Ireland SHC with Kilkenny at 11/2.

BoyleSports spokesperson Sarah Kinsella said: “The Tribesmen are the 8/13 favourites to keep the Cats from the door with their odds trimmed from 4/6 this week as confidence in them continues to grow. Kilkenny are 7/4 for the title from 6/4 and while it looked like they would breeze into the final, it appears Dublin’s second half onslaught has caused punters to hesitate when it comes to backing them this weekend.”


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