Shrewsbury Town

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07/01/2018 | 2:00 pm

West Ham

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07/01/2018 | 2:00 pm

In a sentence: League One high-flyers Shrewsbury Town will be looking to shock Premier League side West Ham United in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Last time: West Ham recorded a 2-0 win away to Shrewsbury when the two teams met in the Second Division back in February 1981. David Cross and Alan Devonshire scored the goals for the Hammers in front of just over 9,000 spectators.

This time: Shrewsbury are 3/1 to triumph with West Ham available at 51/50 and the draw at 13/5.

You might remember: The first ever meeting between the two teams occurred back in December 1979. Shrewsbury recorded a 3-0 win over a West Ham team that included the likes of Billy Bonds, Frank Lampard Snr and Trevor Brooking.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Andre Ayew, West Ham United

Shrewsbury will look to continue their fine run of form when they welcome Premier League side West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon. Paul Hurst’s team currently sit second in League One, and have won six of their last eight matches in all competitions. West Ham, meanwhile, will enter the match having played back-to-back Premier League games on Tuesday and Thursday night.

Shrewsbury are 3/1 to triumph as they look to claim a big scalp in the competition. The Blues have overcome Aldershot Town and Morecambe to reach the third round – scoring seven times in those two matches and conceding zero. They are a team used to winning football matches this season, and have actually only conceded one goal in their last five games in all competitions.

West Ham are 51/50 to win the match as they look to make the fourth round. The Hammers recently bowed out of the EFL Cup to Arsenal, but David Moyes will be hoping for a run in the FA Cup this season. Moyes has improved the Hammers since replacing Slaven Bilic as head coach, but the London club have struggled for results on the road during the 2017-18 campaign.

The draw is 13/5, and when considering that Shrewsbury have only lost twice at home in all competitions this season, West Ham could be in for a tough afternoon. Moyes will make wholesale changes following two Premier League matches in the space of 48 hours, and Shrewsbury, as mentioned, will enter the match full of confidence as they continue to battle for promotion to the Championship.

Alex Rodman is 10/1 in the first goalscorer market for Shrewsbury, while the 30-year-old can be backed at 28/1 to find the back of the net on two or more occasions. He has already managed two goals in two FA Cup appearances this season.

Andre Ayew is 6/1 in the first goalscorer market for West Ham this weekend, while he can be backed at 14/1 to score two or more times against the League One side. The 28-year-old has three cup goals to his name during the 2017-18 campaign.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The win from behind market looks tempting. West Ham are 11/1 to win from behind, while Shrewsbury can be backed at 19/1 under the same circumstances.

2

We fancy:

Correct score of 2-1 West Ham is available at 8/1. It promises to be a tight affair between the in-form League One side and Premier League outfit. West Ham to just shade the contest is our pick for this one.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Shrewsbury to win 3-1 is available at 35/1. West Ham will enter the match having played two Premier League matches in the space of 48 hours in the lead-up. Shrewsbury, on the other hand, will be nice and fresh.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.