THE Cork hurlers will face Kilkenny at Nowlan Park on Saturday afternoon in their last league game of the season.
John Meyler's charges were hammered at home to Tipp last weekend which means they finished, on scoring difference, in the bottom two along with Kilkenny. As Cork had three home games in the regular league and Kilkenny just two, the Cats will host the playoff.
Cork were already on Noreside in the campaign, where they were beaten 2-18 to 0-17. While this latest clash is officially a relegation playoff, neither side will be relegated, as Division 1A and 1B are being amalgamated and split evenly into two groups in 2020.
Brian Cody's side were beaten by Wexford on Sunday and are shorn of their Ballyhale Shamrocks contingent like Colin Fennelly and TJ Reid due to the All-Ireland club final against St Thomas from Galway on St Patrick's Day.
Alan Cadogan will be missing after going off injured with a quad issue against Tipp, while Seamus Harnedy is suspended after his straight red card and Darragh Fitzgibbon is still being rested. Colm Spillane is a long-term absentee and could still be out by the time the Munster Championship commences when Cork face the Premier at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Limerick are already through to the hurling league semi-final where they'll take on Tipp or Dublin, while the other side of the draw is Galway or Wexford versus Waterford or Clare.
Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals: Galway v Wexford, Pearse Stadium, 1.30pm; Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park, 3pm Tipperary v Dublin, Semple Stadium, 4.30pm
Relegation Play-Off: Kilkenny v Cork, Nowlan Park, 2pm.
The Cork footballers are in action this Saturday when they welcome Donegal to Páirc Uí Rinn knowing a win against the Ulster side and away to Armagh will be vital to avoid the drop to Division 3. That game is the second part of a double-header after the ladies footballers take on Donegal.