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Munster Football Preview – KERRY TEAM TO BEAT

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Posted by Darren Kelly in Match Previews / Reports | May 2017

Fixtures (Subject to Change):

Saturday 27th June – (Quarter-Final) – Waterford vs Cork (7pm Fraher Field, Dungarvan)

Sunday 28th June – (Quarter-Final) – Clare vs Limerick (3.30pm Cusack Park, Ennis)

Saturday 10th June – (Semi-Final) – Cork/Waterford vs Tipperary (7pm Pairc Ui Rinn/Semple Stadium)

Sunday 11th June – (Semi-Final) – Clare/Limerick vs Kerry (Cusack Park, Ennis/Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney – Time TBC)

Sunday 2nd July – (FINAL) – (2pm – Venue TBC)

Clare and Tipperary have proven their ability down South with big wins over Cork. Kerry remain the team to beat but will the Rebels get back to the Munster Final? Can Waterford and Limerick produce surprises? LiveGaelic.com looks at the 2017 Munster Football Championship.

1. KERRY – (CHAMPIONS!!!) – Betting 1/4

– The Kingdom are favourites to win a fifth consecutive title but have bigger plans. Before their league final win, their last two meetings with Dublin have yielded a draw and a narrow two-point defeat. Cork or Tipperary will be contenders but Kerry should prevail.
– Manager: EAMONN FITZMAURICE
– Main Man: PAUL GEANEY
– One To Watch: JACK BARRY

2. CORK – (Runners-Up) – Betting 4/1

– Despite their recent woes and two defeats to ‘lesser’ provincial opposition, Cork will target Munster to turn their fortunes around. That loss to Tipperary in 2016 still rankles with the Rebels and they’ll seek revenge after getting past Waterford.
– Manager: PEADAR HEALY
– Main Man: RYAN PRICE
– One To Watch: KEVIN CROWLEY

3. CLARE – (Semi-Finalists) – Betting 33/1

– The Banner have improved immensely but suffered two heavy defeats to Kerry in 2016. A quarter-final and Division Two consolidation should allow Clare go for broke if they beat Limerick in the quarter-final but the qualifier route looks likely. It will be a huge uphill struggle, they would need the worlds best hiking sticks to overcome Kerry in the semi-final
– Manager: COLM COLLINS
– Main Man: EOIN CLEARY
– One To Watch: CIARAN RUSSELL

4. TIPPERARY – (Semi-Finalists) – Betting 9/1

– Can they again? Tipperary displayed great character in beating Cork last year before an exceptional All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway. Cork mightn’t be firing on all cylinders but will be hungry and the Premier County have lost the surprise element.
– Manager: LIAM KEARNS
– Main Man: JIMMY FEEHAN
– One To Watch: WILLIE CONNORS

5. WATERFORD – (Quarter-Finalists) – Betting 500/1

– A positive league start faded but Waterford are showing they can compete among their division. Unfortunately, the championship draw brings Cork to Fraher Field and the Rebels haven’t fallen that far yet.
– Manager: TOM McGLINCHEY
– Main Man: PAUL WHYTE
– One To Watch: DONIE BREATHNACH

6. LIMERICK – (Quarter-Finalists) – Betting 150/1

– Following their McGrath Cup exploits, Limerick have been disappointing and stuck in Division Four. They will target the trip to Ennis to face Clare. Guaranteed to be close, the Shannonsiders will feel a Munster Final is within reach but form suggests otherwise.
– Manager: BILLY LEE
– Main Man: DARRAGH TREACY
– One To Watch: GER COLLINS

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