All eyes are on Moor Lane tonight, as National League big-spenders Salford City host League One Shrewsbury Town in an intriguing FA Cup second round replay.
Nothing could separate the pair at Montgomery Waters Meadow 10 days ago, as they drew 1-1. Something has to give today. So who’ll be heading to the promised land of the second round?
Salford are riding high in the National League. But they’re patchy at home. They head into this game off the back of just one victory in three at Moor Lane.
The Shrews are without a manager at present. But what they’re not lacking is form. They’ve won three of their last four games. However, they haven’t managed a clean sheet in eight matches.
In the Match Betting, Shrewsbury are narrow favourites at 6/4 in 90 minutes. It’s 7/4 for a Salford win, while 9/4 says this goes to extra-time.
It’s 8/11 for Both Teams to Score in a fifth successive game involving the Shrews. Meanwhile, a third 2-1 win of the month for the visitors is priced up at 17/2.
No prizes for guessing correctly if Salford go with 4-4-2 tonight. Graham Alexander has gone that way in virtually every game this term
Their biggest strength is up top. The pairing of Adam Rooney and Rory Gaffney would be the envy of many sides in League One, let alone the National League.
With Danny Coyne in temporary charge for the visitors, it’s hard to know how Shrewsbury will set up. However, they went 4-3-3 for the recent win at AFC Wimbledon. It may be more of the same, with Ollie Norburn at the heart of midfield.
For the hosts, their regular strike duo head the Anytime Goalscorer betting. Rooney leads the way at 6/4, with former Bristol Rovers ace Gaffney a 23/10 shot.
Shrews’ midfielder Norburn has been banging them in lately. He’s chalked up four in five, breaking the deadlock twice. He’s 7/2 Anytime, and 10/1 to be First Goalscorer.
As far as long-shots go, there could be interest in Shrewsbury defender Luke Waterfall. He’s a real set-piece threat, bagging three goals in his previous five goals. It’s 6/1 he adds to that tally here.
Where: Moor Lane, Salford
How to watch: BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD
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