Shrewsbury Town vs Walsall Match Analysis & Prediction
14/11/2023 10:00 pm
Shrewsbury Town and Walsall will conclude their EFL Trophy Southern section Group A campaigns with an encounter at New Meadow on Tuesday night.
Neither side are able to progress to the next stage of the competition, with Forest Green Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion U21 already booking their place in round two from Group A.
Shrewsbury opened their EFL Trophy 2023-24 campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Forest Green on September 5, but they did manage to beat Brighto U21 on penalties last time out following a goalless draw.
A total of two points has left them in third place in Group A, and they cannot progress to the next stage, as both Forest Green and Brighton U21 have six points from their three matches.
However, Matt Taylor’s side are still present in the FA Cup, beating Colchester United 3-2 in the first round of the competition at the start of the month, and Notts County will be their opponents in round two.
The Shrews will also enter this contest off the back of a 3-2 victory over Reading in League One on Saturday, with the result leaving them in 16th place in the table on 20 points.
Meanwhile, Walsall will enter this contest off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Harrogate Town in League Two on Saturday.
Mat Sadler’s side are also in the second round of the FA Cup, having beaten Sheppey United 4-1 in the first round earlier this month, but they have not won in the league for almost a month.
A total of 20 points from 17 matches has left them down in 17th place in the League Two standings, and they will not be back in league action until November 25 against Forest Green Rovers.
The Saddlers had been due to face Doncaster Rovers next weekend, but the game has been postponed, as Walsall have seen Liam Gordon, Donervon Daniels and Brandon Comley handed international call-ups.
As aforementioned, Walsall also cannot progress in the EFL Trophy, with defeats to Brighton U21 and Forest Green – on penalties following a 1-1 draw – leaving them bottom of Group A on a single point.
Shrewsbury Town vs. Walsall Head to head
In the 28 previous meetings between these two teams, Shrewsbury Town have claimed five victories while Walsall have won 15, and they have drawn in eight. Walsall have scored 40 goals and conceded 23 in the process.
10/03/2018Shrewsbury Town2Walsall0League One
02/10/2018Walsall0Shrewsbury Town0League One
05/12/2018Shrewsbury Town2Walsall1EFL Trophy
04/05/2019Shrewsbury Town0Walsall0League One
21/08/2020Shrewsbury Town0Walsall1Club Friendlies
Shrewsbury Town Team News
The Shrewsbury side that started the goalless draw with Brighton U21 in the competition last time out could again feature here, with a number of squad players set to be given opportunities to impress.
Elliot Thorpe, Malvind Benning and Nohan Kenneh were unused substitutes in the last game, but the trio are set to feature in the starting lineup here.
Shrewsbury Town's Last 5 Matches
24/10/2023Barnsley3Shrewsbury Town0League One
28/10/2023Wigan Athletic2Shrewsbury Town0League One
04/11/2023Shrewsbury Town3Colchester United2FA Cup
07/11/2023Shrewsbury Town0Bolton Wanderers2League One
11/11/2023Shrewsbury Town3Reading2League One
Walsall Team News
Walsall head coach Sadler could potentially name the side that started against Forest Green in the team’s last game in the competition.
Douglas James-Taylor is likely to be given the nod down the middle, while Isaac Hutchinson should be included in the XI on Tuesday night.
Walsall's Last 5 Matches
20/10/2023Newport County3Walsall3League Two
24/10/2023Walsall1Crawley Town1League Two
28/10/2023Mansfield Town2Walsall1League Two
03/11/2023Sheppey United1Walsall4FA Cup
11/11/2023Walsall0Harrogate Town1League Two
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