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Kilkenny only scraped a draw against Anthony Daly's side last week and were surprisingly over-reliant on the brilliance of Walter Walsh with a number of their other forwards, namely Colin Fennelly and Eoin Larkin, falling short of their usual high standards. Fennelly has paid the price along with Lester Ryan as Brian Cody is fortunate enough to be able to call on two proven Championship performers in Aidan 'Taggy' Fogarty and TJ Reid. Jackie Tyrrell also returns as if Dublin's task wasn't already difficult enough. Expect those additions and a greater intensity to see Kilkenny through.
There's a good chance Monaghan and Cavan will prove to be a turgid, defensive struggle and Malachy O'Rourke's side are the pick to nick it with a nod to their greater experience and size around the middle of the field. Owen Lennon and Dick Clerkin give Monaghan a ball-winning edge and we'll be hoping the ever classy Paul Finlay is at his best to pick apart the Cavan blanket.
Meath weren't overly impressive in beating Wicklow in Fortress Aughrim but their fitness levels and organisation looked a level above what we saw during the 'Banty' era. Two of the keys to modern football, gang tackling and attacking in numbers after turnovers, are now very much in evidence from the Royals under Mick O'Dowd. Tigerish corner-back Donal Keoghan being able to stifle Ciarán Lyng will go along way to holding Wexford to a reasonable total and Meath's speed in attack with Eamonn Wallace and Graham Reilly may be too much for the Slaneysiders to handle.
Lastly, Dublin hammered Kildare in their league meeting earlier this year and while Sunday will definitely be closer, its hard to see any other outcome than Jim Gavin's men progressing to a Leinster final.
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