Shrewsbury Town host Wrexham this weekend, with both sides dreaming of an FA Cup run. Despite being a league above, the hosts are the underdogs going into the tie.
Shrewsbury have had a relatively average season so far, and after 26 games, they sit 13th in League One with 14 defeats. This is the joint highest number of losses for any team in the division. They’re the joint second-lowest scorers in the league with 17 goals, and they also have one of the highest goals conceded records, 36.
After four consecutive games that they lost without scoring, the Shrews beat Fleetwood 3-1 at home. Despite the scoreline looking quite comfortable, they still conceded 17 shots and looked vulnerable.
On the other hand, the Red Dragons have been on fire this season, with back-to-back promotions looking likely. Wrexham are third in League Two, with 14 wins and four defeats in 25 matches. They boast the second-best goal per game average in the league, 2.08, but they have also been conceding, suffering 1.44 per match.
Last time out, Wrexham swept aside in-form Barrow. The score ended 4-1 for the Red Dragons, with Steven Fletcher scoring a hat-trick, although they did go behind within a minute of play.
That result last week for Shrewsbury could just kickstart their season and provide the squad with some confidence. Wrexham are a tough side to face, however, and the visitors will be looking to progress.
Either side could pull this off, but the League Two side should just have the edge based on their goal-scoring prowess.
The final prediction is Shrewsbury 1-2 Wrexham.