Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
Not even the most ardent Shrewsbury fan predicted that the Shrews could make light work of keeping Blackburn, Scunthorpe and co out of second place, but they’re doing it. West Ham will face a stern test.
Game: Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham
Venue: Montgomery Waters Meadow
Kick-off: 2.00PM, Sunday 7th January
The Shrews have toppled Championship opposition six times in their last four seasons in cup competition, whilst it took an 81st-minute own goal to give Chelsea a 2-1 win. Manchester United found it easier going as they ran out 3-0 winners, but a strong United team didn’t put the game to bed until the hour mark.
West Ham are looking a team revived under David Moyes but have less time to prepare than their League One hosts. The rotation will be inevitable given the way Moyes is looking after key players at the moment, and this game may not be number one priority.
The hosts are underdogs at best odds of 3/1 with Betfred, although that is perhaps smaller than you’d expect. The draw is available at 27/10 through Unibet whilst Bet365 are best odds of 1/1 on a West Ham win.
You can never expect a League One or League Two team to beat a Premier League side, but you do get a feel for when these things may happen. Conditions may be wet and windy as West Ham travels to the tight and awkward confines of the New Meadow as the country watches.
The Hammers have been pushed by Accrington, Cheltenham, Wolves and Bristol City in recent times and their lack of depth hasn’t allowed them to sweep away lower league opposition. The Shrews are full of confidence right now and may fancy their chances of an upset.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Shrewsbury Town 0AH at 2.85 with Bet365
Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll may be too important to risk in these conditions, and so may Lanzini. Sakho is the most likely starter but has struggled in front of goal this season, and the Shrews boast a truly mean defensive record at home, allowing just five goals in 15 games.
Back our Score Prediction: Shrewsbury to win 1-0 at 11/1 with Betfair
Shrewsbury are fresh having not played since New Years Day due and will field their strongest side, which means Whalley and Morris featuring in the attack. Goals have really been shared around with the Shrews top scorer, Whalley, having five. Whalley has previous with cup goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.Back our Scorer Prediction: Shaun Whalley at 4/1 with Bet365