SHREWSBURY TOWN - MORECAMBE
Town should really have been competing for an automatic promotion place, they were big spenders pre season and have a better overall quality of player, than most other clubs at this level. They started the season on fire, but something just went wrong, especially on the road, where far too often, they have "thrown in the towel". However, there have been clear signs recently that they have regrouped and there was much to take from their point earned at in form Gillingham last week, when they fought back from two down to snatch an unlikely draw. That has really boosted their confidence and I understand that morale in training has been sky high this week. Results elsewhere, meant that point took them back into the playoff places, but only on goal difference, so a win today is absolutely vital.
Having discussed their problems on the road, let's be clear that they are a very different animal at the New Meadow, where they have the best record in the division 14-2-3, scoring the most goals (39) and conceding the fewest apart from Wycombe and Brentford (hooray). They create a massive amount of chances here and it takes a strong rearguard action to keep them at bay for 90 minutes, or even 45 !
We discussed Morecambe last week, they are now unbeaten in eleven starts, but were again lucky to see off Barnet, who dominated possession for long periods(57%) and created the greater number of goal attempts (12-6). This cannot go on indefinitely and given their league position, they have an outside chance of making the post season but a draw will be of little use, therefore, they will be forced forward to chase three points and here, that could and should be their undoing. Hosts are a better team and I expect them to prove it, last three h2h meetings have ended 2-0 and that will do nicely.
7 points Shrewsbury -1/2 ball 1.83 general quote.