Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Fleetwood Town will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Gillingham when they host Shrewsbury Town at their Highbury Stadium. The Fishermen aim to move a little closer to the League One playoffs berth, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Shrews on Matchday 8. Patrick Madden, who impressed in the last league match, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Shrewsbury, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team heading into the match following back-to-back defeats to Bristol Rovers and Rochdale. The Shrews have been struggling at the back of late, and given Fleetwood Town’s display in the triumph over the Gills, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Experienced defender Scott Golbourne remains on the sidelines with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 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.