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Shrewsbury v West Ham FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 7th January 2018

6th January 2018 / lee
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Shrewsbury v West Ham FA Cup, 7th January 2.00pm

This could be a tricky way tie for the Hammers who have not been carrying great form. They head off to face League One side Shrewsbury who are flying along so well in their division and they are carrying some fantastic home form as well. They will fancy their chances in causing an upset in this one. West Ham are even money to get the win, with the draw at 13/5 and Shrewsbury are at 3/1.

Shrewsbury v West Ham FA Cup Betting Tips

The Shrews should be up for this challenge. They are currently standing in second place in League One and look a solid shot for automatic promotion. They have remained undefeated in their last six games in the league and so are carrying some good form. They have only lost three league matches all season. Their stand out form has been at home. They have gone W10 D1 L1 at home in League One with clean sheets in 75% of those fixtures. It has been highly impressive stuff from them and under 2.5 goals at William Hill is worth considering in this one. Their form at the New Meadow reads W13 D1 L2 for the season and they are on a four-match winning streak. They have taken a couple of home wins to nil to get to this point in the competition. They have conceded in just two of their last nine home (two goals in total) which is a staggering amount of clean sheets and it makes this FA Cup tie really interesting. The Shrews incidentally are a quote of 11/2 to win to nil.

The Shrews have to play their second choice keeper Craig MacGillivray though because first choice, Dean Henderson wasn’t allowed to play by his parent club Manchester United. Remarkably the Shrews were tipped for relegation this season. This will be the first cup meeting between the two clubs. They have played four times in league contests, back in the old Division 2 and from that the record is even with two wins each. Just once in the last fourteen years have Shrewsbury managed to get past the third round of the tournament and this will be the first time that they have faced Premier League opposition in the third round since facing Everton in 2003. They beat the Toffees on that occasion, who were managed by who? Yes, David Moyes, the current West Ham boss.

West Ham have been having their struggles this season and they have gone out in the third round of the FA Cup in five of the last eight seasons. This is no easy game for them. They have only lost two of their last eight games in all competitions but two of the three wins that they collected in that stretch of games were at home. They have had a busy week too with a game on Tuesday and then on Thursday and it is likely that Moyes is not going to send out the strongest side. Interestingly, both Moyes and West Ham keeper Joe Hart both played for Shrewsbury. The Hammers have gone W1 D3 L4 in their last eight away fixture and they have only one clean sheet in their last nine. This could be a tough game for them and both teams not to score with William Hill is a 10/11 price. In the correct score market, 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 11/2.

Who will win – Shrewsbury v West Ham FA Cup Predictions

The draw could have some appeal here because the shrews are playing some good stuff at the moment and will be confident. West Ham have to be a little nervy about this tricky away game and they may have to get this back to a replay to get through.

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