Shrewsbury Town may not be hitting the heights of last season as yet but they have been enjoying some decent results recently and head into their weekend League One meeting with Fleetwood Town on the back of an excellent run during which they have lost just one of their last nine outings across all competitions, this run culminating in a hugely convincing 6-0 win over League Two side Tranmere Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this week. They Shrews will be confident of maintaining the momentum when they travel to Highbury Stadium on Saturday afternoon and we expect them to give a good account of themselves in deepest Lancashire, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town.
Fleetwood Town sit five points above the Shrews in the League One table as things stand and they will once again be hoping to challenge for a play-off place at the very least towards the end of the campaign. Just four points separate the Cod Army from the top-six in the division after the opening twelve games although their form in front of the home fans has been letting them down somewhat this season with just a single win in their eight competitive games at Highbury Stadium, this being against struggling Bradford City. This is hardly the sort of form which is rewarded with promotion and clearly Fleetwood Town need to buck up their ideas on home soil.
Indeed on their travels the Cod Army have been far more impressive with league wins over Oxford United (0-2), Scunthorpe United (0-5) and Doncaster Rovers (0-4) as well as a draw at high-flying Sunderland although given their clear issues in home soil we’ll be stopping short of backing them to win this clash. Indeed neither side have convinced this season and given that Fleetwood have drawn five of their twelve league games this season and the Shrews have shared the spoils in six of theirs, we envisage this weekend’s meeting ending in stalemate, Paddy Power Bookmakers going 11/5 on a draw.