Waterford hold the advantage over Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final opponents Clare as both sides prepare for the clash in Thurles Park this Sunday.
Reigning champions, Waterford, bagged their spot in the finals with relative ease following a 3-23 to 1-18 win over Limerick and are 5/6 to retain the Dr Croke Cup.
Clare, like Waterford, secured a big win in their semi-final clash with Kilkenny, which they won 4-22 to 2-19. There have been many near wins in the Division 1 final for Davy Fitzgerald’s side, who last featured in a final in 2001 and at present, they are the 6/5 slight outsiders.
The Dèise are priced at 8/11 to lift the cup whilst The Rebels are Even money shots. In the handicap betting, Waterford -1 is available at 11/10 with Clare +1 priced at 5/6. Waterford +1 is priced at the shorter odds of 4/6 whilst Clare -1 is on offer at 7/5.
Aoife Heffron, PR Executive for BoyleSports commented “It is the first time Clare and Waterford will meet in a Division 1 final and tensions will no doubt be running high as the winner will secure bragging rights ahead of their Munster Championship semi-final clash.”
She added “The betting may be on Derek McGrath’s side to win on Sunday, but punters have been rallying behind Clare at 6/5 making them the liability for the firm.”
To Lift Trophy
Handicap Betting -1
Waterford (-1) 11/10
Draw (-1) 10/1
Clare (+1) 5/6
Handicap Betting +1
Waterford (+1) 4/6
Draw (-1) 10/1
Clare (-1) 7/5