Kilkenny v Dublin Prediction, Preview & Odds – Leinster Championship
We have a Kilkenny v Dublin prediction along with the betting odds for you ahead of their clash in the Leinster Championship Saturday.
When? 6.00 pm, Saturday, May 20th
Where? UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
TV Channel? GAAGO
Kilkenny v Dublin Preview
Kilkenny came second in Division 1 Group B behind Tipperary in first place “The Cats” won four matches with their only other match being a defeat in Round 2 to being beaten by 1-21 to 2-24 by Tipperary. In the regular league phase, their 128 points scored which is an average of 25.6 points per match was the third lowest total in their group. However, defensively they were very solid at the back with the best defence in their group conceding 102 points an average of 20.4 points per match. Kilkenny then played Cork in the Division 1 Semi-Final beating them in a 0-22- 2-22 score to qualify for the league final v Limerick where they were out-classed in a 2-20 to 0-15 points defeat.
Kilkenny opened their Leinster Championship run with a comfortable 0-29 to 0-7 defeat of Westmeath. This was followed by a thriller against Galway drawing at home 0-28-1-25 after a Galway comeback was enough to draw the game. In Round-3 they defeated Antrim in an extremely high-scoring match 3-20-5-31 and currently occupy second place on the Leinster Championship table.
Dublin came fourth in Division 1 Group B behind Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford following their record of 2 wins, one draw and 2 defeats in their five matches. They scored the second-highest amount of points with 129 points an average of 25.8 points per game, but had the third-highest points conceded with 130 points an average of 26 points per game.
Kilkenny opened their Leinster Championship Group Stage campaign with a 1-19-1-19 draw with Antrim in Belfast. This was followed by a 2-23-1-14 victory over Westmeath in Round-2 and most recently defeated Wexford 1-22-0-23. Dublin currently occupies third place on the Leinster Championship table and level on points with Galway and Kilkenny.
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Key Players To Watch
The main man is still one of Kilkenny’s key players at 35 years and 185 days, if starts against Dublin on Saturday he will be the oldest player to start a championship game for Kilkenny since Noel Skehan (39 years, 194 days) and Frank Cummins (36 years, 221 days) v Wexford in 1984.
But he is still absolutely flying on the field, in the Group Stages he has already hit 0-9 against Westmeath, 0-9 against Galway and a staggering 2-10 against Westmeath. Expect another large scoring tally at the weekend.
Dublin has their own free-scoring centre-forward albeit 11 years younger than T.J Reid and that is Donal Burke who plays his club hurling with Na Fianna. He has been their top-scorer throughout the Group Stages so far hitting 1-9 against Antrim, 1-9 again against Westmeath and 0-13 against Wexford.
Kilkenny v Dublin Head-to-Head Results
Kilkenny 2-25 Dublin 1-17 | 2023 National League Division 1 Group B
Dublin 0-16 Kilkenny 2-23| 2022 National League Division 1 Group B
Dublin 0-17 Kilkenny 3-25 | 2022 Leinster Championship
Kilkenny v Dublin Betting Odds
Kilkenny are massive favourites for this match and can be currently gotten at 1/7. Dublin are 5/1 despite an identical Championship record so far while the draw is priced at 14/1.
The handicap for the game is Kilkenny -8 at 10/11
Kilkenny v Dublin Prediction & Best Bet
Kilkenny to win comfortably, in this one I feel.
Kilkenny 1-20 Galway 0-15
Best Bet: Kilkenny Winning Margin 7-9 Points 4/1
For a full breakdown of the race for the Liam McCarthy Cup check out our All Ireland Hurling Post
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