Joe Fortune's hurlers need to find a win from one of their next two games in Leinster.
Westmeath's senior hurlers are entering into a critical phase of their season according to Midlands 103 Analyst, Gerry Buckley.
The Lake County need a win against either Wexford on Sunday or Antrim in the following round to preserve their Championship status.
Joe Fortune's side managed to extract a draw from the same opposition in last year's Leinster campaign, but they head South East without their injured talisman, Killian Doyle.
Buckley says it will be difficult to replicate last year's outcome against Wexford on Sunday:
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