The League One game at Kassam Stadium on Tuesday sees home team Oxford United fighting it out with Shrewsbury Town.
All Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (plus the best game odds).
Oxford United will be hoping for a better result after the 1-2 League One defeat last time out to Accrington Stanley.
The only name on the scoresheet from Oxford United was Elliot Lee (25'). Paul Smyth (16') and Michael Nottingham (70') scored for Accrington Stanley.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Oxford United have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. In fact, The U's have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 9 goals in the process.
Going into this one, Oxford United haven't lost in the league to Shrewsbury Town in their last 4 games.
Shrewsbury Town will come into the match after a 3-0 League One win in the defeat of Plymouth Argyle in their previous outing.
For Shrewsbury Town, the scorers were Shaun Whalley (77') and Nathanael Ogbeta (81'). Will Aimson (52' Own goal) was the scorer for Plymouth Argyle.
The stats don’t lie, and Shrewsbury Town have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 6 goals in total. Defensively, The Shrews have clearly had some problems. Such a trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, of course.
Their prior results show that Shrewsbury Town:
- have not won against Oxford United when they've played them away from home in the last 4 matches in the league. Not the best of away records.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head clashes stretching back to 26/08/2017 tells us that Oxford United have won 3 of these games and Shrewsbury Town 1, with the number of draws standing at 2.
A combined total of 20 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 12 from The U's and 8 coming from The Shrews. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The last league contest featuring these sides was League One match day 37 on 07/03/2020 and the score finished Shrewsbury Town 2-3 Oxford United.
The referee was Seb Stockbridge.
Team News: Oxford United
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Oxford United boss Karl Robinson to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust set of players. Marcus McGuane (Thigh Problems) is out of contention.
Team News: Shrewsbury Town
With a completely healthy group available to choose from, Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill has zero fitness concerns to report coming into this clash.
When taking all factors into account, Shrewsbury Town have it within them to score against this Oxford United outfit, although it may not be enough to avoid defeat.
Our tip is for a very close game with a 2-1 win for Oxford United after 90 minutes. We’ll have to see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kassam Stadium (12,500)
Captain: John Mousinho
Chairman: Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth
Manager: Karl Robinson
Competitions: League One position 12
🔑 Key Player: Olamide Shodipo
Regularly playing in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Olamide Shodipo was born in Dublin, Rep. Ireland. Having made a first senior appearance for Queens Park Rangers in the 2016 - 2017 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has managed 9 league goals in the League One 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 33 appearances.