Tipperar y must rebuild; TODAY'S ACTION.
Tipperary v Clare Semple Stadium, 7pm TIPPERARY and Clare open the National Hurling League at Semple Stadium in their second meeting of the year. Clare won by ten points when they met in the Munster League, but this is a different contest entirely.
These sides also met in the opening round of the 2018 league with Clare winning by five points at home and, while Thurles presents a different challenge, the Banner men will fancy their chances against a Tipperary side rebuilding after a disappointing season.
Tipperary started 2018 in top form, finishing top of the league, and all seemed rosy until a shock league final defeat to Kilkenny. They failed to get back on track and exited the championship in June.
All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy must get Tipperary back to winning ways. A surprise Under-21 All-Ireland win in 2018 sparked hope and Sheedy is set to bring several of those players into his side.
Clare narrowly missed out on an All-Ireland final in 2018, but they made huge strides and are going places.
They have some silverware already and Tony Kelly is back in form. Kelly hit 2-3 in the Munster League win over Tipperary and his importance to Clare cannot be overstated.
Colin Guilfoyle boosts their attacking threat and Peter Duggan has been in top form for LIT, scoring 1-11 against the Garda College on Thursday.
Recommendation Clare +2 2pts 5-6 Paddy Power MICHAEL MULVIHILL