Shrewsbury v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 03, 2018
New Meadow - FA Cup
Premier League strugglers West Ham pitch up at New Meadow to take on League One high-flyers Shrewsbury in the third round of the FA Cup. If the Hammers prioritise their fight against relegation and rotate their players, then the hosts will be in with a chance of an upset.
This will be the fifth meeting between the clubs, with each side having won two apiece. With all four games coming between 1979 and 1981 in the old Division Two, the likes of Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds and Frank Lampard Sr lined up for West Ham in the last meeting, showing that plenty has changed going into this clash.
Shrews boss Paul Hurst has no new major injury worries after his side’s New Year’s Day win over Oldham. Midfielder Bryn Morris and striker Stefan Payne returned to the starting lineup for that victory, although Zak Jules and Junior Brown are still struggling with respective hamstring and knee problems.
David Moyes meanwhile could have Michail Antonio back from injury, although he may choose to give one of his team’s star performers another week off to recover. Jose Fonte, Sam Byram, Edimilson Fernandes, Diafra Sakho and James Collins are all on the West Ham treatment table, minimising the manager’s options when it comes to handing out the odd rest.
Shrewsbury v West Ham Preview and Predictions
This will be a tough ask for Shrewsbury against Premier League opposition, but the League One side must do their best to create a hostile atmosphere for West Ham. If they can get stuck into Moyes’ side and ruffle a few feathers, then there’s no reason why Town fans can’t turn up at Sunday’s game hopeful of a cup upset.
There’s certainly plenty of optimism surrounding New Meadow at the moment, with the Shrews currently just two points behind Wigan at the top of League One, and five clear of Blackburn in third. Unbeaten since November, Shrewsbury are looking for their fifth straight win at home, and they’re priced at 3/1 to get it.
A degree of optimism returned to West Ham’s supporters prior to their away day at Tottenham, following Andy Carroll’s last gasp winner against West Brom. With the tight bunching in the bottom half of the Premier League, the Hammers could easily go on a run that takes them well away from the drop zone. You’d imagine that a decent FA Cup run would be a welcome distraction, although managers don’t always think like that.
West Ham start as favourites in the betting though, priced at evens, while the draw after 90 minutes is 13/5. With no replays and the possibility of extra-time and penalties, Shrewsbury are 11/4 to qualify for the next round, with the visitors at 4/11.
West Ham to win and both teams to score at 13/4
They might not be prolific scorers, but it’s easy to see the hosts having a say in this game. The Hammers should still have enough to see them through though.
Shrewsbury to win 1-0 at 21/2
If you think they’ll have an even bigger say in things, then bearing in mind they only have the 12th best scoring record in League One, a narrow 1-0 win could be a shout.