Rochdale vs Shrewsbury Town: Preview and Predictions

Rochdale vs Shrewsbury Town
England – League One
Date: Friday, 30 March 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: Crown Oil Arena (Rochdale).

A real buzz is expected on Friday afternoon when Rochdale host Shrewsbury in a super important affair for both sides. The hoists don’t have the luxury of dropping points anymore since they are five points shy of the safe zone with only ten games left to play. Nonetheless, grabbing the spoils against the table toppers is definitely anything but an easy task. In all, we should be really in for a thrilling afternoon of football at Crown Oil Arena in Greater Manchester.

The Blues are still enjoying their fairytale in this term of League One. Paul Hurst’s side has dropped the ball last Tuesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by the relegation strugglers Northampton Town to end the four-win streak. However, the team has shown the character by returning on the winning ways promptly, as they saw off AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at the weekend thanks to a goal from Stefan Payne. The English forward has been one of the main catalysts for team’s successes to which he contributed with ten goals so far in the campaign. He is our top suggestion for the anytime goalscorer picks here.

Other than Payne, what has truly brought Shrewsbury Town the promotional contest in this term is Hurst’s super stern defensive line which owns league’s second best record with only 28 goals conceded in 38 games. The Blues have only shipped two goals in last six league matches and Rochdale will definitely have huge troubles finding the back of the net here.

Rochdale vs Shrewsbury Town: Head-to-head

The Dale have been more successful over the history and they lead the head to head tie by five wins.

Rochdale have been particularly dominant in matches at Crown Oil Arena where they have won 9 and lost only 2 of 15 clashes with the Blues.

Each of last four H2H games has seen home sides coming on top (Shrewsbury three times and Rochdale once).

Rochdale vs Shrewsbury Town: Prediction

The hosts have only managed to find the net twice in last four league matches. Since they are now up against one of the toughest defensive lines in the competition, it’s really hard to expect a goal fest.

To sum it all up, we expect a very close game with very few goal-scoring chances at both ends. Under 2.5 goals FT is a banker at 1.53, while tipsters who fancy correct score punts can try with the goalless draw at 7.50.

Rochdale vs Shrewsbury Town: Bet Tips

Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53

Correct Score 0-0 @ 7.50.

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