Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After holding Sunderland to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light, Bolton will be looking to return to winning ways in the League Two when they host Shrewsbury Town at their University of Bolton Stadium. The Trotters have been showing signs of improvement of late, but they are still 14 points behind the “safe zone” in the League Two standings. Since Bolton face a must-win situation in every game, we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Shrews on Matchday 24.
Sam Ricketts’ troops aim to make amends for the Boxing Day defeat to Rotherham United, but we are tempted to put our money on the hosts as they want this win more than the visitors. In their last meeting in the League One Bolton defeated Shrewsbury Town 2-0, and you should bear in mind that the Trotters are eyeing their fourth consecutive win over the Shrews in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Luke Murphy):
After spending his youth career at Crew Alexandra, Luke Murphy made his debut with the Railwaymen at senior level on December 13, 2008 in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town. Murphy scored his first goal with Crew Alexandra in a 4-1 away victory over Hartlepool United 15 days later.
After scoring 21 goals in 161 appearances for the club, the English footballer moved to Leeds United in June 2013, signing a three-year deal with the Elland Road outfit for a fee of around £1 million. Luke Murphy played for Burton Albion on loan as well before signing a two-year contract with Bolton Wanderers in August 2018.
Murphy made his debut for the Trotters on August 4, 2018 in a 2-1 win over WBA. The experienced midfielder was born in Macclesfield, England on October 21, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well.
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.