Liverpool VS Shrewsbury Town Match Prediction
The only prior meeting came on January 26th as the Shrews came from two down to get a draw and set up this replay at Anfield with the youth core of the Reds.
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Liverpool are at +105, a draw is at +300, and Shrewsbury are at +210.
Liverpool are on top of the Premier League by a huge distance as the table stands, but that will have absolutely no bearing here due to no senior players taking part in the festivities. Instead, it will be basically the academy side waging battle again. The last time they did so, they were humbled by Aston Villa 5-0 at Villa Park. Critchley’s U-23 side are in sixth in the PL2 table, 11 points off the leaders. They have only one win in their last four in that competition.
Shrewsbury Town, meanwhile, will enter this match in middle portion of the League One table currently. They are over ten points to the good over relegation candidates, so they should be safe. They also are some ways off the playoff places, so their best shot for glory is here and now- progressing from the FA Cup and taking a scalp off of Liverpool.
In the only other match that really makes sense to look at from Liverpool’s point of view, they lsot away, to Villa, by five clear goals. Meanwhile, Shrews’ away from has included four wins, seven draws, and six losses in all competitions this term. They have failed to win any of their last six away games now.
Ladbrokes have both teams scoring at ½.
They also have Shrewsbury winning either half at 21/20.
Either way you look, you’re going to get a bit of a fairy tale story here. Either the ‘kids’ will win it or the plucky underdogs from two divisions down will. In the end, the latter looks the more likely, though it’ll be tighter than the Villa catastrophe.
Neil Critchley will take charge in place of Jurgen Klopp due to the new, imposed winter break. That also means no senior Reds stars will take part, giving Shrewsbury a brilliant chance of progression.
When the young Reds last got a chance to feature, they were decimated by Villa. But before being put to the sword, Harvey Elliott did play well. He had a couple of chances that were saved and was a right old menace. Look for him to be a bright spot in their attack as they look to come forward. The same can be said of Curtis Jones. He scored the winner against Everton in the third round and had the opener in the draw in the original fixture, and he is still looking for more first team chances, giving him an opportunity to prove why here.
Liverpool four wins and a draw in their last five matches:
4-0 home win vs Southampton
0-2 win at West Ham
2-2 draw at Shrewsbury Town (FA Cup)
1-2 win at Wolves
2-0 home win vs Manchester United
Sam Ricketts will be without both Ryan Sears and Oliver Norburn for this fourth round replay at Anfield.
Jason Cummings might not be the biggest name out there, but he is a Scottish international for a reason. He underlined that in his 30-minute cameo in the last tie, scoring twice to save his side from a defeat and get them here. He’s battled fitness issues, but it’d be hard to leave him out here. David Edwards is also a man to watch. The Welsh international is a veteran and was extremely composed after coming on inside half of an hour at home and could be vital to their cause in this one.
Shrewsbury have two losses, two draws, and a win in their last five matches:
1-0 loss at Rochdale
2-0 loss at Gillingham
2-2 home draw vs Liverpool (FA Cup)
2-2 draw at Fleetwood Town
1-0 home win vs Bristol City (FA Cup)