With only 6 teams left, you'd have to make Galway strong favourites. Thoroughly dismantled everyone while looking as if they have a few more gears to hit. The performance in the League Final also in their favour. With Canning & Burke, probably their two best players, under-performing against Wexford, there is a lot of scope for improvement. The Cooneys stepping up big-time is huge, Whelan is a big threat... all 6 of their forwards can win their own ball & score; and their backs seem to at least try and feed them half-decent ball. Weaknesses... maybe their backs are vulnerable to being run at, but they are very, very big and will physically blow a lot of teams out of it. Them bottling it would be the biggest worry but Galway are rarely in a position where they are comfortable favourites for the All-Ireland.
You'd probably look at Tipp next if they have sorted themselves out. Won't learn much from the Dublin game but destroyed them anyway. On paper, they have the best forwards- Callanan, McGrath, Bubbles, Bonner... that is absolutely lethal. Work rate will have to be a lot higher than it was against Cork and the League final. I don't know if they have sorted themselves out, I suppose we'll find out the next day, but I think they're probably the team to take Galway down in a firefight.
Cork looked good today, playing smart hurling. But despite Clare being shit, missing a penalty, hitting the woodwork twice; they only won by 5 points. Look very good at times but go through phases of not scoring and I don't think Galway will fear their puckouts the way Clare clearly did. Still, a young, energetic team; won't fear anyone and can't meet that Galway team until the final.
Waterford should be at the level of contending by now but I don't know if they are. Some class hurlers for sure, and will probably take a lot of confidence from being Waterford. But they almost threw it away against Kilkenny, and not a good Kilkenny side at all. Fitness told in the end but they're going to come up against fitter teams from here on out. I just don't think McGrath is the man to lead them to an All-Ireland.
Then you have Clare & Wexford. Did well to reach provincial finals, but can't see them winning 3 matches in a row to win the All-Ireland.