Wexford host Kilkenny on Saturday evening in the Leinster Hurling Championship, live on Sky Sports.
Both sides know a win would guarantee them a spot in the provincial decider, but fans will be keeping a close eye on affairs in Parnell Park as Dublin and Galway face off.
Whoever loses in Wexford Park could drop out of the championship altogether.
Hurling permutations: What’s at stake for each county this weekend?
Leinster Hurling Championship table
Do Wexford possess a killer instinct?
Last summer, Davy Fitzgerald’s side held a nine-point lead in this fixture, but succumbed to defeat. In recent weeks, they’ve drawn with Dublin and Galway in games they feel they ought to have won. Are they letting teams off the hook too easily? A ruthless streak is missing, and they need to show it at home against Kilkenny, and could end the Cats’ summer if they do so.
How will Kilkenny react to defeat?
Granted, Brian Cody will be pleased with the manner of how his side finished with a flourish against Galway. But a defeat is a defeat. Can they bounce back?
The Nore-siders need a greater contribution from all their forwards, rather than solely relying on TJ Reid.
Cody needs a response from his charges.
Lee Chin (Wexford): The Faythe Harriers hurler has been inconsistent in the Leinster Championship thus far, and will rue the missed wides in Salthill three weeks ago. However, when he’s at his best, his value to the Model County is unquestionable. He made a telling contribution two years ago when the Yellowbellies stunned their greatest rivals in Wexford Park, and he’ll be aiming to do the same on Saturday evening.
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