West Ham v Shrewsbury Town Betting Preview | 16th January
In our West Ham vs Shrewsbury Town betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Tuesday evening’s FA Cup replay.
West Ham v Shrewsbury Betting Preview
It was a forgettable encounter for those who tuned in to this first leg, a drab 0-0 was played out between the two but Shrewsbury showed strong organisation, spirit and belief. It’s a good money spinner for the Shrews but it’s another game in a long season for Paul Hurst’s side and it is a squad lacking real depth.
Shrewsbury have built their successful season on discipline, structure and superb teamwork. Hurst has tended to operate with a 4-1-4-1 formation with the impressive Ben Godfrey shielding the back four and one of Stephan Payne and Carlton Morris up top. Ex York City midfielder Godfrey is on loan at the Shropshire club from Norwich and he constantly shows great maturity and composure, he also reads the game excellently. He is certainly a player to watch and I wouldn’t be surprised if he managed to threaten the England set-up in years to come.
West Ham were poor in that first leg however they were excellent on the break against Huddersfield at the weekend with Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini impressing. I wouldn’t expected either to start here as assistant manager Alan Irvine has said how important it is for the Hammers to retain their premier league status. Youth products Reece Burke and Josh Cullen started at Greenhous Meadow last week and it wouldn’t be a shock to see them get another crack in this one.
West Ham are likely to be without strikers Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez who are suffering from lack of fitness and illness respectively. Diafra Sakho is unlikely to play amid transfer speculation around the player, this leaves the hammers threadbare in attacking areas.
Shrewsbury have no new injury concerns.
Potential West Ham Starting XI: Hart, Rice, Burke, Ogbonna, Reid, Cullen, Obiang, Kouyate, Masuaku, Ayew, Martinez.
Potential Shrewsbury Starting XI: Henderson, Bolton, N’siala, Sadler, Beckles, Godfrey, Whalley, O’gogo, Nolan, Rodman, Payne.
Stats & Facts
- West Ham have won 7 out of their last 7 FA Cup encounters at home to teams in lower divisions.
- Shrewsbury have never beaten a top flight side away from home in this competition.
West Ham are once again depleted with injuries for this tie and I can see Shrewsbury making it difficult for the hosts but on a big pitch it might just prove a bit too much for the Shrews in the end. I was initially drawn to under 2.5 goals, hoping for a price around even money given the two teams respective standings in the football pyramid, the best price available is 37/50 which is just about backable.
In addition, a bigger price alternative that I favour in games featuring an underdog is the Half Time/Full Time market. Shrews will try keep this tight especially in the first half, but if needed the Hammers could bring on some quality from the bench.
- Under 2.5 goals – 37/50 (MarathonBet)
- Draw HT/West Ham FT – 18/5 (Bet Victor)