Shrewsbury Town vs Oxford United
England – League One
Date: Monday, 2 April 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: Montgomery Waters Meadow (Shrewsbury).
The Blues have significantly halted their push for the top-two finish and the direct promotion into the Championship football with a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Rochdale on The Good Friday. It started very well for them at Crown Oil Arena when Nathan Thomas pushed Shrewsbury Town in charge just eight minutes into the game, but the defensive line (generally very strong) shockingly allowed the relegation strugglers to bag three later on and grab a massive three-pointer in the quest of reaching thee safe zone.
Since both Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers were successful in the previous round, Paul Hurst’s men have dropped down to third place and they just can’t afford a slip-up here against the mid-table Oxfod United. The hosts are one point behind the Riversiders who also have a game in hand on them (meaning could likely be four in theory) and anything but a victory over the U’s could get Shrewsbury Town out of the contest for the direct promotion.
Oxford United have managed to fight their way to earn a 1-1 draw against promotional contenders Scunthorpe United on the same day (1-1 at The Kassam Stadium). However, Karl Robinson’s men have been struggling badly on travels lately and they’ll come into this off the back of picking up just a single point in last four league games on the road.
Shrewsbury vs Oxford: Head-to-head
Trips to Montgomery Waters Meadow have never quite gone well for the U‘s who have lost 7, drawn 2 and won just 1 of ten games there so far.
Nonetheless, Oxford United have claimed four points from two previous encounters with the Blues.
Shrewsbury Town have won five and drawn one of last six home outings with the U’s.
Shrewsbury vs Oxford: Prediction
Since Oxford United have really been dreadful travellers for a while now, and since they have not had much luck in H2H games with Shrewsbury at Montgomery Waters Meadow either, we have to back the home win at the 1.72 odds here.
We will alternatively back the host to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 2.10 given they’ve not conceded a single goal in last three league ties in front of the home fans.
Shrewsbury vs Oxford: Bet Tips
Shrewsbury Town to win @ 1.72
Shrewsbury Town to keep a clean sheet @ 2.10