Carlow won the previous fixture with relative ease.
A different variety of plays could be crucial for Offaly against Carlow according to Shinrone manager Trevor Fletcher.
A win for either side will guarantee them a place in next years Leinster Senior Hurling Championship.
Johnny Kelly's side are just 70 minutes away from winning a first ever Joe McDonagh Championship when run out at Croke Park on Saturday.
Fletcher has been particularly impressed with Offaly's use of the ball during this years campaign:
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