Tipperary’s Lar Corbett (left) reaches for the ball as  Lorcán McLoughlin of Cork tries to challenge. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Supremacy over an out-of-touch Cork runs throughout entire All-Ireland SHC semi-final contest

“Midfield is  another area of big improvement for Cork this year,” says Nicky English. “They were comprehensively outplayed by Clare at midfield in last year’s All-Ireland final so they went away and produced Aidan Walsh (right)”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Expect the scores to flow in an open encounter but powerful engine room can tip the balance for Rebels

Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy battles for possession with Limerick’s  Graeme Mulcahy at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Nicky English: Limerick conceded goals at the worst time and couldn’t goal themselves

The likes of Kevin Downes will have to step up and take on Kilkenny’s defence at Croke Park.  Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster finalists will have to fire on all cylinders to get the better of Brian Cody’s men who are so comfortable in Croke Park

Dublin’s John McCaffrey has nowhere to go as Pádraic Maher, Gearoid Ryan, Kieran Bergin and Brendan Maher close in during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It couldn’t be set up better for Tipperary but strictly on form they still have a lot to do

Wexford’s Keith Rossiter fends off Clare’s Darach Honan. Nicky English believes the absence of Rossiter or Liam Óg McGovern would represent a serious blow for Wexford’s ambitions against Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Liam Dunne’s side have the momentum to get past Limerick while Tipperary should prove too strong for struggling Dublin

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Tom Condon of Limerick clash in yesterday’s Munster Hurling Final at  Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

It’s starting to look like this year’s All-Ireland will be decided amongst the big three

Limerick’s Richie McCarthy battles with Cork’s Patrick Horgan during last year’s Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champions will pose a serious threat but challengers to make most of home advantage

Tipperary were slow to get balls in to  Séamus Callanan but when they did, he scored twice. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Kilkenny will face tougher battles this summer than against lacklustre Dublin

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