AFC Wimbledon (@3.0) vs Shrewsbury (@2.4)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Shrewsbury will win

AFC Wimbledon – Shrewsbury Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 10:00

I've been looking forward to this one and not just because we haven't played in a while. Again, given the manager's comments, I wouldn't bet that all four will be starting in the same team this weekend. My heart says we will win this one but my head tells me that a draw would be a decent result against a potential banana skin. I'm looking forward to seeing Jason Cummings and Callum Lang. Result wise, I can see Wimbledon giving everything they have to get that first win on the board and with new additions, they may be a slightly unknown quantity. That's not to say they will definitely both be in the first team, Sam Ricketts has given himself plenty of options and I'm not sure that Sam Ricketts will blood both in the same team at the same time. We also have a couple of returning players in Ollie Norburn and Ro-Shaun Williams.

The Dons just cant find their form at the start of the season and it has to be noted that they are still eyeing their first win of the process. The Cherry Red Records Stadium will host Saturdays football game between AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury Town, the two teams who sit in the bottom half of the League One standings ahead of Matchday 8.

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Nonetheless, having won just 1 of their last 4 away games, The Shrews are hardly a powerhouse on their travels and that leaves their prospects of taking home all 3 points looking questionable to say the least. Coming into this game off the back of a 3-0 mauling at Ipswich in their last league outing, confidence isnt sky high in visiting ranks but they will certainly view Wimbledon as a beatable opponent.

They've also scored in every game they've played so far apart from the previously mentioned draw at Wycombe. We travel to that London to play the Dons of Wimbledon who have been having a bit of a torrid time since the season started with no wins in any competition. So although they've not started too well, it's clear that they have serious threats that could cause us problems this weekend. Having said all of that, they've yet to be hammered and they have held a clean sheet this season, and that was at home to unbeaten Wycombe. After an eleven-day enforced abstention from competitive football, Town fans should be champing at the bit at the prospect of any sort of game. Those sorts of numbers probably underline the importance of a good defence and we need only look at the 12 goals they've conceded in seven games to see why they've yet to win. It's an odd quirk of football that a team like Wimbledon can score 50% more goals than us in League One but still, find themselves a good few positions lower with six fewer points.

Moreover, barring the odd slip-up, Shrewsbury have been a tough nut to crack at home this season. Theyve also conceded an average of just 1.06 goals at home this season and have surrendered an average of 1.12 expected goals. Theyve kept four clean sheets during that time and have bettered their opponents in terms of expected goals in six of those ten. Ricketts men have lost just two of their last ten at New Meadow. Their average expected goal difference of +0.35 is also reasonably pleasing.

Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Shrewsbury Town

After defeating play-off chasers Doncaster in the week, the Shrews will come into this fixture feeling confident. At the start of the month, Shrewsbury appeared to be moving in the wrong direction; theyd lost three on the bounce and had slipped to an unflattering league position. However, Sam Ricketts men have turned things around recently, as theyve gone four games without tasting defeat and have won each of their last two.

Given their numbers at home, coupled with their recent good form, its not overly difficult to view this match against lowly AFC Wimbledon as an excellent opportunity for the Shrews to continue moving in the right direction, though when we consider the fact that Wimbledon have done relatively well on the road of late, its also relatively easy to feel that the visitors can compete on Saturday afternoon.

Both of those performances proved that Wally Downes men arent exiting this division without putting up a fight. In their last away match, Wimbledon fought hard and deservedly beat Rochdale, as their expected goal difference of +1.42 suggests, while they also delivered a pleasing performance to beat Walsall on the road prior to that, again posting an encouraging expected goal difference of +1.44.

AFC Wimbledon - Shrewsbury

Town have won 50% of those games with the Dons winning just once and the rest ending in draws. The one win for the Dons also saw them score three times, more than we've ever scored against them. We've played this particular incarnation of Wimbledon ten times since the first came into being. Our best win against them was a 2-0 win at Montgomery Waters Meadow in 2015 with goals from Scott Vernon and Liam Lawrence.

Both Guinness Walker and O'Neill have been on the score sheet with the latter scoring twice, one in League One and the other in the EFL Cup. There were also midfield additions with Callum Reilly joining 25-year-old Luke O'Neill from Gillingham being the most noticeable., having played every game so far this season. During the close season, Wally Downes added to his defensive options by bringing in Gillingham defender Luke O'Neill, Rochdale loan defender Ryan Delaney and Nesta Guinness-Walker from Metropolitan Police.

The last meeting between the two last campaign ended in a 0-0 stalemate and thats a scoreline we believe could well be repeated this Saturday, in whats unlikely to be a stunning watch for the neutral. All things considered, backing a draw looks the best way to play as far as the betting is concerned and is something were more than happy to do.

AFC Wimbledon vs Shrewsbury Odds

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 clubs fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well. The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple.