Betting: All-Ireland winners Limerick now third favourites to retain

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Betting: All-Ireland winners Limerick now third favourites to retain

Limerick hurling captain Declan Hannon

This week in our betting column we take a look at the All-Ireland senior hurling championship.

If you fancy a flutter before a ball is pucked in anger, then the odds make for interesting reading.

As it stands, the defending All-Ireland champions Limerick are priced up at 5/1.

The 5/1 tag is shared with beaten semi finalists from last season Cork. These means that those in the ‘know’ believe Limerick are third favourites to retain their crown.

As it stands, beaten finalists from 2018, Galway, are the favourites, while Tipperary are priced up at 9/2 in second.

The feel good factor surrounding Liam Sheedy's appointment as the man in charge of the Premier County sees them short enough on the odds market, but 9/2 is a very short price for a side who failed to get out of their province last season.

The old dog for the long road, Kilkenny, are priced at 6/1, while Clare are out at 8/1.

With top sides all under 10/1, the bookies believe that Waterford (14/1), Dublin (20/1), Wexford (22/1) and Carlow (100/1) are going to add to the colour of the summer, but nothing more.

Limerick will begin the defence of their title on May 19 against Cork.

Hurling fans will have a better picture of where teams stand after the opening round of games on May 12, which sees Cork play Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Waterford playing Clare in a venue TBC.

One thing is for sure, the Munster hurling championship round robin system is sure to spring its fair share of surprises, drama and top quality hurling. As things stand, we fancy a flutter on the third favourites, Limerick.