Sky Live: Cork hurlers host Waterford in Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Last Updated: 08/06/19 4:38pm
Cork and Waterford face off on Saturday evening in the Munster Hurling Championship.
Can Cork take care of business?
Cork failed to make home advantage count at Pairc Ui Chaoimh four weeks ago when Tipperary came to town, and they will be eager to set the record straight on Saturday evening.
The Leesiders are hot favourites to pick up two points, but with that comes its own pressure. John Meyler's side need to stay focused on the task at hand and get the job done.
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Can Waterford finish with a flourish?
It has been a campaign to forget from a Waterford point of view. The Deise have lost to Clare, Tipperary and Limerick by a combined 39 points, and have now gone eight championship games without a win.
Their last summer victory came against Cork in the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final. Since then, the two sides have had contrasting fortunes.
For manager Paraic Fanning and this group of players, pride is on the line on Saturday night, and they are aiming to bow out on a high. A victory on Leeside would remove much of the doom and gloom over the coming months, and act as a reminder that this group, many of whom won an All-Ireland U21 title in 2016, still have a bright future ahead.
Cork and Waterford are not the only teams with a vested interest in Saturday's clash. Clare and Limerick are locked in a three-way battle with the Rebels for two qualification spots into the All-Ireland series.
Should Cork win on Saturday night, All-Ireland champions Limerick will know a home loss to the Banner on Sunday would see them eliminated with one game to go.
Munster Hurling Championship table
Patrick Horgan (Cork)
Recently crowned player of the month for May, Horgan is on top form. Rebels boss Meyler has said in recent weeks that Cork owe the Glen Rovers star an All-Ireland title, such has been his contribution over the last decade.
If Horgan plays well and finds his range with frees, Cork will be difficult to beat, particularly in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Jamie Barron (Waterford)
With so many front-line players not included in the Waterford team, two-time All-Star Jamie Barron will be one of the Déise's go-to men in the middle of the park.
When he gets the ball in hand, he can pull the strings for his side at midfield, and Cork will need to plan accordingly.
What are the experts saying?
"I see Cork going out and treating it the way Limerick did last Sunday - there's a job to be done."
Jamesie O'Connor is backing the Rebels
Where can I watch it?
The game will be live and exclusive on Sky Sports Arena, with coverage getting under way at 6pm.