Morning lads. Well the day is here. All the talk of neutral venues, Tipp in turmoil, Dublin in turmoil etc should long be over and the focus fully on what's ahead.. Looking at the 2 15s named raises some questions
. Fionn ORB had a fine game last week, surprised me to be honest as I'd always earmarked him as a forward. But has he enough about him to contain John McGrath or bubbles? Or indeed if Tipp move Callinan on to him?
. Cian OSullivan. Thought he struggled for large spells against Laois though he had a good spell when he knocked over some nice points but that was at a stage where Laois were gone. What can he bring to the table for us this evening? We need 6 forwards flying here tonight.
. Puck outs, we touched on this last night who wins them? Rushe didn't win any clean puck out v Laois so can we expect him to just now clean out the Tipp half back line? And if we're going short can we trust Dooley not to hit at least 3 straight to a Tipp man? Huge issue for me with the puck out.
. Goals will be required where will they come from? Dillon is the only name in our front 6 where I see goals. If I see it Tipp will certainly see it and target him as the one to stop. Dillon to me struggles when a man can match him for speed. Tracy is due a huge game for Dublin aside from frees he needs to lead that attack today and take it to Tipp.
I really think we need all 20 players today to have a game of your life day combined with Tipp being off form as suggested. Can't see those 2 things happening simultaneously. Therefore regretfully I think Tipp will win. Prediction Tipperary 3-18 Dublin 0-17