FA Cup action on Saturday as Shrewsbury look to cause an upset at the Bescot
Walsall have managed two consecutive wins in recent weeks, however the Shrews can bring them back down to earth with a bump when the two sides clash in the FA Cup.
The home side put to an end Notts County’s impressive five match winning run last weekend and they have now lifted themselves up to sixteenth in the League One table, former Shrewsbury front man Tom Bradshaw hitting the back of the net no less than seven times in all competitions and considering that the West Midlands side are struggling in front of goal this term, that is a decent return.
The home side are up for grabs at 5/4 with Bet365, not a great price and one which doesn’t inspire much confidence, the Saddlers failing to reach the competition’s third round at all during the last eight seasons.
The visitors managed to get themselves a huge amount of media exposure thanks to their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, however this coverage wasn’t enough to inform Chelsea midfielder of their correct name, the player referring to them as ‘Strawberry Town’.
Talking of fruits, manager Micky Mellon has steered the side to some great results following their dismal performances last season. The Shrews sit comfortably in third position in the league and this match could potentially be a ‘banana skin’ for the hosts.
Shrewsbury have shown a huge amount of inconsistency away from home this term with two wins and four defeats, however they will be confident that they can get something from their clash with League One side Walsall on Saturday afternoon.
We shouldn’t read too much into that narrow defeat to Premier League title favourites Chelsea as sides from the fourth tier cannot be expected to maintain these sort of performances on a regular basis, however if they can manage a similar performance this weekend it should be worth backing the Shropshire side to go through to the next round with a win in this match.
Our betting tips
Shrewsbury win – Betfred 5/2
All odds were correct at time of posting.