Kilkenny v Galway Prediction, Preview & Odds – Leinster Championship

We have a Kilkenny v Galway prediction plus betting odds for you ahead of their clash in the Leinster Championship this Sunday afternoon.

Kilkenny v Galway Match Info

When? 2.00 pm, Sunday, April 16th

Where?  UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

TV Channel? RTÉ 2

Kilkenny v Galway Preview

Kilkenny’s Form

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.

While not shooting the lights out in attack, defensively the Cats were very solid at the back. They had the best defence in their group conceding 102 points which was an average of only 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 returned to the Leinster Championship last-weekend where they recorded a facile victory over Westmeath on a scoreline of 0-29 to 0-7.

Galway’s Form

Galway came third in Division 1 Group A behind Cork, who surprisingly won the group, and Limerick who came second following Cork’s 0-23 to 0-22 victory in Round 1 over the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

Galway won three of their five matches losing the other two to league leaders Cork and Limerick. In the regular league phase they had the second-best attack with 139 points in their group an average of 27.8 points per match.

On the defensive end they were decent with the third best defence in their group conceding a total of 112 points which averages out to 22.4 points per match. Galway returned to action in the Leinster Championship last-weekend beating Wexford comfortably by 6 points on a scoreline of 0-24 to 2-12.

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Key Players To Watch

Billy Drennan

The Right corner-forward was only playing U20 Hurling last year and played with them only two-weeks ago scoring a staggering 2-12 v Galway U20s. Despite this being his first year on the panel he looks to be the next superstar hurler to come out of Kilkenny after hitting a  2-70 total across his 7 league matches an average of 10.85 points per match.

It’s clear that Drennan is stamping his authority on the Kilkenny forward-line already! However it is unclear whether he will be fit for this tie as fears are growing that he could face a spell on the side-line following a suspected leg-injury. If he is available though it will be a huge boost for Kilkenny.

Daithi Burke

During their league campaign the strength of the Galway team was in their defence with the third best one in their group conceding a total of 112 points, an average of only 22.4 points per match.

A large part of that success in defence is to the credit of Captain and rock-hard Galway Full-Back Daithi Burke! Traditionally you can expect Kilkenny to always be a goal-threat and if Galway are to stop them Burke’s leadership and no nonsense attitude from the back-line will be pivotal to any success.

Kilkenny v Galway Head-to-Head Results

Galway 0-17 Kilkenny 0-22 | 2022 Leinster Championship Final

Galway 1-24 Kilkenny 3-17 | 2022 Leinster Championship

Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 0-24| 2020 Leinster Championship

Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-20 | 2019 Leinster Championship

Kilkenny v Galway Betting Odds

The odds makers make Kilkenny favourites as we get closer to Saturday’s game! They can be currently gotten at 10/11.

Galway are marginal underdogs who can be gotten at 6/5 while the draw is priced up at 8/1.

The handicap for the game is Kilkenny -1 at 11/10.

Kilkenny v Galway Prediction & Best Bet

Prediction: Kilkenny 1-24 Galway 0-24

These are always very tight matches, but I expect Kilkenny to get a narrow victory with the experience gained from their two extra games this season.

Best Bet: Kilkenny Winning Margin 1-3 Points @ 7/2

For a full breakdown of the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup check out our All-Ireland Hurling Odds post.

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