Stoke City vs Shrewsbury Town betting tips, prediction and preview for tonight’s FA Cup third round replay at the bet365 Stadium. Both of these sides are on winless runs, but something has to give in this FA Cup replay.
The Potters have a new man in charge after League One manager of the month Nathan Jones left Luton Town for the vacant Stoke position and that could spark his new team into life. Shrewsbury are winless in six but do score goals, so a home win and BTTS looks the best bet for tonight’s predictions and betting tips.
It looks very unlikely that Stoke will bounce straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking so an FA Cup run would make their season more palatable for the fans. They haven’t taken to life in the Championship very well at all and are down in 15th place, despite being just eight points off the play-off places, it is hard to see all the teams above them dropping enough points. Shrewsbury aren’t fareing much better in League One, and are just three points above the relegation zone. They need to focus on the league but will give this a good go, just like they did in the home tie. The Shrews haven’t won in five away but they have scored in all of their last eight matches on the road, that’s why the first Stoke vs Shrewsbury prediction for tonight’s FA Cup clash is for Stoke to win and both teams to score, the best odds for this are 11/4 at Betfred.
It was Peter Crouch who got the Stoke goal in the first tie between these two sides when he came on as a substitute for top scorer Benik Afobe. The striker had gone a few games without a goal but he was back amongst the goals at the weekend when he got Stoke’s goal in the 3-1 defeat at Brentford. Other possible selections for this bet would be Oliver Norburn of Shrewsbury Town who has two FA Cup goals to his name already and five in the league. He’s best odds 5/1 but is a doubt for the match tonight.
Elsewhere, Tom Ince has been scoring goals for Stoke this season and has six Championship strikes to his name, the best odds for him to score tonight are 11/5 at Unibet but for our Stoke vs Shrewsbury betting tip we are going with the top scorer and favourite in the odds, Benik Afobe. The big striker will get chances tonight and his Premier League quality should show through.
What are the best odds for Afobe to score v Shrewsbury tonight? 7/5 with Betway.
Our earlier football betting tip was for Stoke to win and both teams to score, so we need to back that up with a correct score prediction on the match. The first tie between these two ended 1-1 after Shrewsbury took the lead, but we’re predicting Stoke will edge this one so the selection is for a 2-1 home victory. The odds for Stoke to beat Shrewsbury 2-1 are 15/1 at Coral.
Stoke to win – 8/15
Draw – 16/5
Shrewsbury to win – 13/2
Stoke to quality – 1/4
Shrewsbury to qualify – 11/4
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