Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town square off against each other at Kassam Stadium in the League One round 14. The Yellows aim to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Plymouth, with the team eyeing their fifth home win of the season. Karl Robinson has no fresh injury worries, but he could opt to make changes to the team that suffered the defeat at the weekend.
The Shrews, on the other hand, did well to beat MK Dons 1-0 on Matchday 13, with Shaun Whalley scoring the only goal of the match. The 34-year-old has found his goal-scoring touch of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Shrewsbury, though, are not regarded as good travelers, and given Oxford United’s fine home record, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (James Henry):
James Henry was born in Reading on 10 June, 1989, but he grew up in Woodley. He began playing football at his home-town club Woodley Saints, but he made progress during his spell at Reading’s youth academy. Henry is a winger who is capable of playing as a centre midfielder as well, but he failed to score for Reading in 10 league appearances for the club.
After ending his loan spells with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Norwich City and Millwall, he signed a permanent deal with the Lions on 28 July, 2010. Henry signed a three-year deal with Millwall and he made his home debut in a 4-0 win over Hull City.
It has to be noted that Henry played for both Scotland and England at youth level in the past, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team. Henry was born in England, but his parents are Scottish and, as a result, he is eligible to play for both England and Scotland.
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.