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West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

15th January 2018 / lee
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West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup, 16th January 7.45pm

The Hammers were always going to get a really tough game out at the New Meadow in this FA Cup third round tie. But they survived the ordeal against the League One high-flyers and will expect to be far more comfortable back on home soil. The Shrews are defensive powerhouses though and have every chance of putting in another decent shift against their Premier League opponents. West Ham are 1/2 at Coral for the win, with the draw at 16/5 and Shrewsbury at 6/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 0:57 a.m.)

West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup Betting Tips

The Hammers seem to be moving clear of Premier League relegation issues after pounding Huddersfield on the weekend. They do have to go again though against the Shrews in the FA Cup after surviving their first trial against them. West Ham have not been in any sparkling form really, but their levels of resilience have been upped since David Moyes arrived. West Ham are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions but have just the two victories in their last seven games. So this could be another tight duel between the two sides, but over 2.5 goals at Coral does have some appeal because there should have been goals in the first meeting and West Ham will probably be a little bit stronger here to ensure progress. West Ham have only won two for their last seven home games though in all competitions, and both wins in that sequence were by a one-goal margin. West Ham have just two clean sheets at home in their last seven. It could really end up being a pretty exciting replay as Shrewsbury turn up with nothing to lose.

This will be just the sixth meeting between the two clubs. The previous ones prior to them getting drawn in this season’s FA Cup were all in Division two from 1979 to 1981. The two of them landed two wins each from those four meetings so everything is even in the head to head between them.

The Shrews are going well near the top of League One but they did lose on the weekend but perhaps had their eye on this replay? Overall they have been on cracking form and their defence is rock solid as well. Their 3-1 away loss at Blackburn snapped a ten-match unbeaten streak of form that they were on, during which they collected seven clean sheets. Blackburn are just a place beneath them in the league standings so that was a tough game. Away from home, they have not been prolific as they have been at home and the League One side have gone W3 D4 L3 in their last ten road games, winning just one of their last four. Out at a Premier League side, they may come up short, but they have in them to battle and scrap because they do look a confident side at the moment. In the Coral correct score market a West Ham 2-1 scoreline returns a price of 7/1 which backs the Shrews making them sweat, but ultimately just coming up short* (Betting Odds taken from January 15th, 2018 at 00.33 a.m.). The winner of the tie moves on to play either Bournemouth or Wigan.

Who will win – West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup Predictions

Back the Hammers to squeeze their way through this one as that is what generally happens in situations like this. The higher-ranked side usually comes good back on home soil. However, the Shrews are a decent form and may only slip by the one goal margin.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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