Dublin and Clare make the quarter-final stages of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 having met in last year’s relegation play-off.
They reverse roles with Cork and Waterford, who meet in this year’s relegation play-off, with the losers dropping to Division 1B, replacing promoted Limerick who won all five of their games.
Kilkenny lost their opening two matches against Cork and Clare, but then the put a hat tricks of wins together over Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford to book a quarter-final place against Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday (1pm).
Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 quarter-final line-up - 1pm Offaly v Kilkenny, Bord na Mona, O’Connor Park; 2pm Wexford v Galway, Innovate Wexford Park; 3pm Dublin v Tipperary, Parnell Park; 4pm Limerick v Clare, Gaelic Grounds.
Kilkenny and Offaly's last clash in the League was in the 2016 Division 1 quarter-finals when Kilkenny won by 6-20 to 0-14 in Nowlan Park.
Kilkenny last won the Hurling League Division 1 title in 2014 while Offaly’s sole success came in 1991.
Both lost last year’s quarter-finals, Kilkenny going down to Wexford (2-18 to 0-19) and Offaly losing to Tipperary (4-28 to 3-13).
The path to quarter-final
Cork 1-24, Kilkenny 0-24
Clare 2-18, Kilkenny 1-18
Kilkenny 1-20, Waterford 1-12
Kilkenny 2-22, Tipperary 2-21
Kilkenny 0-22, Wexford 0-19
Played 5 - won 3, lost 2.
Offaly 2-25, Dublin 1-15
Limerick 1-24, Offaly 0-10
Galway 2-19, Offaly 0-14
Offaly 1-21, Laois 1-16
Antrim 2-21, Offaly 2-18
Played 5 - won 2, lost 3.
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