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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Resolute Dublin can ease drop worries with big Offaly win

Waterford should stay in touch with Tipperary

Tipperary's Ronan Maher in action against Killkenny
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Dublin v Offaly
Parnell Park, 3pm

As generally expected at the start of the Leinster Championship, Dublin meet Offaly in Parnell Park in a relegation dogfight.

Both sides are yet to get a win on the board in the competition but Dublin will have taken huge encouragement from their exploits so far.

The Dubs were within two points of Kilkenny and Wexford in the closing stages, and had they been more composed, could have won both games.

They led Kilkenny for most of the match before coughing up a Liam Blanchfield injury-time goal, and it was the same story against Wexford as they led by a point going into injury-time.

Once again, however, they failed to see it out, and will be disappointed to be sitting on zero points after two mammoth efforts.

This should be a straightforward task for Dublin, with Offaly coming off the back of a big defeat against Wexford which included three red cards for The Faithful men.

Dublin look full value for the seven-point handicap on offer and with Conal Keaney returning, they can rack up a big score against a struggling Offaly side.

Dublin -7
2pts 10-11 Betfair, Paddy Power
Dublin over 27.5 points
1pt 4-5 Betfair, Paddy Power

Tipperary v Waterford
Semple Stadium, 4pm

Tipperary have been afforded the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways as they face a depleted Waterford side who have been ravaged by injuries and suspensions.

The Deise men welcome back Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony to the starting lineup, but injuries last Sunday to Tadhg deBurca, Barry Coughlan and Darragh Fives have ruled them out for the foreseeable future, and with Kevin Moran suspended, this looks a tough task for Derek McGrath’s side.

Tipperary had their obituaries written at half-time against Cork last Sunday but their second-half performance was that of a side that still has a big part to play in this championship.

Brothers Noel and John McGrath led the charge upfront for Tipp, and the switch of Brendan Maher to half-back and Ronan Maher to midfield paid dividends. Michael Ryan will be keen to put that first-half performance quickly behind them, and while they will be expected to win, Waterford should be able to keep within eight points.

A loss could mean the end of Waterford’s season and with Gleeson and Mahony returning, they should keep in touch with Tipperary.

Waterford +8.5
1pt Evs bet365

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This should be a straightforward task for Dublin, with Offaly coming off the back of a big defeat against Wexford which included three red cards
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