About this weekend is worth a few points before you look at the matches. There is a big crowd at Croke Park and Limerick, but I can not understand why one of those matches is not on Saturday. There are many people who would like to go both, but as things stand, they will barely see both.
Provincial councils could switch between Saturday and Sunday matches year after year to meet the demands of the world football calendar. Now this is happening with the All-Ireland semi-finals and last season's first season, the arrangement worked well.
Saturdays are common in other sports. For example, people are accustomed to rugby matches, and both sets of finalists are not far away, the journey is not such a big question.
The weight of tradition is linked to these games, which means that none of the teams will refrain, despite the fact that no one will be eliminated, and the actual job of the championship does not start for another two weeks.
I wonder how the tradition of influence is at present in actual performance. With the emergence of more major programs, the league and Fitzgibbon Cup – see Sean Finna and John McGrath, who celebrate each other each week, while at UL – these players constantly compete against each other. The old barriers are not as steep as they used to be.
Another factor in Munster is the terrible All-Ireland championship record. Since last 12, only Tipp won the MacCarthy Cup in 2016, and nine won them in the semi-finals, in other words, lost the next game.
So far, there has been a great contrast between the provinces. Munster was free and tall, while Leinster was physically and intense. Although Munster's teams have shown a higher rating, I'm not convinced that Leinster will be far behind when Ireland is increasingly involved in action.
In the final of Munster Tipperary brings a pretty impressive form of form. From the moment Séamus Callanan scored first goal and kept that performance quality in addition to two short periods, one against Waterford and others against Limerick – both right after the half-time.
Their improvement over the last year can be seen in body and touch. For example, as Bubbles O Dwyer caught that ball late in Thurles against Limerick, below the knees. They were very powerful and aggressive in defense, which had the negative side in creating problems with liberated liberties.
Injuries became a challenge for Liama Sheedy. Cathal Barrett was the best full-fledged player and brought a lot of defense, picking Aaron Gillan in Thurles. Although not long gone, it will be missed this weekend.
The big loss is Bonner Maher, Tipperary's most influential player this summer, who is absent this year. Niall O & # 39; Meara or Dan McCormack will do the job in the crowd and rush in his absence and fit the standards set by this year, but Bonner from 2019 will not emulate anybody.
All this puts pressure on the team's depth, which has not been proven yet, but these tests have always come since there will be at least seven games to win All-Ireland.
There is a key difference between this weekend and the earlier meeting in Thurles. Two weeks ago, all the pressure was on Tippo. They were the full team and they really had to beat Limerick.
Now all-Ireland champions, who must go ahead – they are home will not miss four of their best players, Declan Hannon, Cian Lynch, Gearoid Hegarty and Graeme Mulcahy, and as a team they have not yet conquered Munster. Vibe is a lot different this week.
It is easy to come to the conclusion that one who loses will not be hidden beneath the waterline, but defeat will be a draw for Tipperary's impetus and in Limerick I would be surprised if the team who lost three times to the quarterfinals still has fuel to do so.
For me, if Limerick finds their form in 2018, they are favorites, but so far there have been two serious pitfalls in their performances and since the quarterfinals have lost the top two teams they played. It is also difficult to translate a pattern like a switch.
Tipperary's shape was consistent and impressive. I think he'll win.
Croke Park should also see a really good game. When the counties played in the last lap at Leinster, Kilkenny finally came out with a naked goal and achieved that goal even more freely.
Richie Leahy and James Maher hit some horrible lands, and the team missed as much as Wexford in the final stages.
This time, perhaps, it might have moved a little in Kilkenny's direction. TJ Reid is likely to have little impact this time, though Matt O "Hanlon has such a good record in progress – holds TJ two weeks ago and in 2017 Leinster finals, he did a great job at Joe Canning.
If he re-works on Reid, Kilkenny will need Colin Fennelly and Adrian Mullen to rescue Wexford Park, especially with immediate concern about Walter Walsh injury.
It is not good to say that Richie Hogan did not appear the last day, because if Kilkenny influences the business, I think he needs to go back to the song.
It should be beneficial for Cillian Buckley to get the game and now when it's in shape, it's no surprise to see Huw Lawlor fit well. Since I trained him in UCD, I was waiting for him. He is now physically stronger and will only be better.
Wexford was significantly improved in 2019. They look complemented after a modest season last year. Diarmuid O & Keeffe returned to his 2017 form and Jack O & # 39; Connor will fully recover from injury this Sunday. They are athletically and physically stronger.
The only thing I would love to see is a little more tactical variety. He's almost certain he'll need goals to win, so they have to be a bit more fluid. Davy Fitzgerald talks about the total hurling, but they have to change it during the game, be a bit more unpredictable.
They need to bring Conor McDonalds and Lee China into a dangerous zone – it took several recent interventions by Pádraig Walsh to stop the isolated McDonald task on the last day – and to get the Wexford crowd in the past, will be in power behind them, demanding great people in the attack and objectives.
Goals would win him for Wexford, but I'm not convinced they will follow. This means opportunities for Kilkenny. Croke Park will respond to Fennelly and Mullen, who have had an excellent club finals on their last visit, and I think they can count on it.