Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Shrewsbury Town will be aiming to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Blackpool when they take on Crewe in the first game of the year. The Shrews have been in a fine form of late, with the team recording four wins in the previous five league fixtures, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s clash. Despite failing to convert a penalty in the 1-0 win over Blackpool, midfielder Oliver Norburn should keep his place in the starting XI.
The Railwaymen, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous six league fixtures. Crewe are brimming with confidence ahead of Matchday 22, and we believe that they are capable of holding Shrewsbury Town to a draw at Greenhous Meadow. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of Shrewsbury’s previous six games in the English third tier.
Highlighted Player (Aaron Pierre):
Born on February 17, 1993 in Southall, England Aaron Pierre is a professional footballer who plays for Shrewsbury Town in the League One as a defender. Pierre started his youth career at Fulham at the age of 15 and in 2011 he moved to Brentford youth school.
Speaking of his senior career, the 185-cm-tall defender played for the likes of Brentford, Cambridge United, Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town before signing a deal with Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2019. Aaron Pierre signed for the League One side for an undisclosed fee, penning a three-year deal. Despite being born in England, the Shrewsbury Town footballer represents Granada on the international stage.
He received his first call-up for the Grenada national team in September, 2015, but he has yet to find the net with the Spice Boys. The Grenada international’s main position is centre-back, whereas his preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Crewe):
Crewe Aleandra are a professional football club that welcome their rivals at Gresty Road. The stadium was built in 1906, and it can hold up to 10,153 spectators. Founded back in 1877, Crewe Alexandra play their home games in red shirts and white shorts, while yellow is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The Railwaymen played their first game against North Staffs in 1877, with the two teams sharing the spoils (1-1) at Alexandra Recreation Ground. Nowadays, Crewe compete in the League 2 where they take on their main rivals Port Vale. In 2014 a match between the two sides resulted in violence and arrests. The likes of Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, and Stoke City are considered the club’s rivals as well.
In 2013 Crewe Alexandra clinched the Football League Trophy as they defeated Southend United 2-0 in the title game at Wembley Stadium. Goals from Max Clayton and Luke Murphy helped the Railwaymen clinch their first and only Football League Trophy.