Stoke City vs Shrewsbury
English FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
Stoke City have an imperative to claim the victory in the third round replay against the lower-division side Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening at Bet365 Stadium.
They are having an underwhelming campaign in Championship where they sit at a disappointing 15th place being miles away from the promotional push.
The Potters also barely kept their FA Cup run alive earlier in January when veteran striker Peter Crouch came on as a substitution to score the 78th-minute equalizer against League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
The draw ended Gary Rowett’s campaign as Stoke City’s head coach. League One manager of the month in December, Nathan Jones, left Luton Town to take the Stoke City job.
The Welsh manager will thus lead a different team in the FA Cup as he earned a goalless draw in the first leg against Sheffield Wednesday with the Hatters earlier on.
Stoke City vs Shrewsbury: Head-to-head
These two sides met each other only once prior to the aforementioned third round tie in the FA Cup.
Stoke City came on top claiming a 2-1 victory in front of the home fans back in 2010 when teams played each other in the second round of the League Cup.
Stoke City vs Shrewsbury: Prediction
Jones suffered a 3-1 defeat in his debut on Stoke’s bench on Saturday against Brentford away at Griffin Park. Since the promotional play-offs are eight points away at the moment, the Potters should find this FA Cup clash very important. It will also mark Nathan Jones’ debut in front of the local crowd in Staffordshire.
Shrewsbury Town are winless in last five matches. They sit 18th in the League One ladder and have a dreadful record of 1 win, 4 draws and 8 losses in 13 matches on the road in the third division of English football.
The visitors fell 0-3 to Charlton Athletic at the weekend at their Montgomery Waters Meadow and we can hardly see them stay competitive away at Stoke City on Tuesday.
Stoke City vs Shrewsbury: Bet Tips
Stoke City to win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Stoke City -1.5 handicap @ 2.25 (5/4).