Cork v Waterford All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final: Rebels' momentum to see them through

Croke Park is ready for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final
Croke Park is ready for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final
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The second semi-final of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship sees Cork take on Waterford in a bid to meet Galway in the final. Donnchadh Boyle previews the action and provides his best betting tips...


"The Deise have a better record when it comes to green flags but there was only one goal scored when the sides met in Munster and a similar result here looks tasty at 5/1."

Back exactly one goal to be scored in the game @ 5/1

All-Ireland SHC Semi-Final
Cork v Waterford
Sunday August 13, Croke Park, 15.30, J Owens (Wexford)
Live on RTE and Sky Sports Arena

Match Ddds: Cork 8/11, Waterford 6/4, Draw 9/1


A place in the All-Ireland final against high-flying Galway is up for grabs here in what has been one of the most active rivalries in hurling in recent seasons with Sunday's clash representing the 17th championship meeting between the sides since 1999.

In that period the teams have been well matched with Cork winning eight times to Waterford's six successes. There are three draws thrown into the mix too.

The Rebels have won the most recent meeting between the sides when they had five points to spare after the pair met in the Munster semi-final earlier in the summer but even that clash was tight for long periods.

The teams were level four times in the first half and went in at the break tied at 0-10 each. Maurice Shanahan's goal for the Deise brought the sides level again on 46 minutes before Cork pulled away down the home straight.

The Rebels will go into this game confident they have Waterford's number given they also won the league match between the sides back in the Spring.

Waterford's preparations won't have been helped by the Tadhg de Burca saga which has run and run this week while there is pressure on the Deise and Derek McGrath to make an All-Ireland final having fallen at the semi-final stage for both of the last two seasons.

Cork have scarcely looked back since they pulled off a surprise and toppled All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the opening round in Munster and they have followed that up with impressive wins over Waterford and Clare.

Their underage teams are also going well meaning there is a feel good factor around Cork hurling right now. However, one concern hanging over Kieran Kingston's men is that they haven't played a competitive game in five weeks, something that tripped them up when they were Munster champions back in 2014.

That year their season went up in smoke as they went down to Tipperary by 10 points in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Beating the same team twice in the same championship can be very tricky as the Down footballers found out when they went down to Monaghan having seen them off in Ulster. However, Cork's momentum is undeniable and their talented young players, along with the experienced stars like Conor Lehane and Pat Horgan who were around when they came to within a whisker of winning Liam McCarthy back in 2013, can pile on the semi-final heartbreak for the Deise.


Exactly one goal to be scored in the game 5/1

Cork are averaging a goal a game in this championship but with their well drilled sweeper system, Kieran Kingston's side have yet come up against a team as defensively shrewd as Waterford.

The Deise have a better record when it comes to green flags but there was only one goal scored when the sides met in Munster and a similar result here looks tasty at 5/1.


Jamie Barron first goalscorer 28/1

Jamie Barron was the game breaker for Waterford in their epic tussle with Kilkenny a few weeks back and his running power from midfield can cause Cork problems. With a Money back as a free bet if your losing first goalscorer scores a goal anytime, Barron is worth a shot.


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