Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Southampton will be looking to book their place in the FA Cup last 32 when they host Shrewsbury at St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints are eager to kick off their FA Cup campaign in style, but keep in mind that key attacker Danny Ings is rated doubtful for the game. Oriol Romeu, on the other hand, should recover in time to face the League One side. Southampton are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered.
Shrewsbury have been in a fine form in the League One of late, with the team recording three wins in the previous four league fixtures. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Southampton are eager to return to winning ways following a 2-0 loss to Leicester City at King Power Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years.
During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton.
Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Shrewsbury):
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.