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Shrewsbury v West Ham Betting Offers and Tips
Premier League managers won’t agree but the best thing about the third round of the FA Cup is the potential for ‘cupsets’.
That’s when a team from the Football League or even lower upsets the odds to knock a top flight side out of the famous old competition.
Recent years have been full of these sort of shocks and for many people the best chance for a cupset this weekend comes with West Ham’s visit to New Meadow to play Shrewsbury Town.
Moyes to Ensure Full Commitment
The news that David Moyes was taking over from Slaven Bilic did not go down well with the West Ham fanbase. Moyes oversaw Sunderland’s shambolic relegation to the Championship last season and the fear among West Ham fans was that their team would surrender like the Black Cats.
Fortunately for West Ham, Moyes has risen to the challenge and has improved the team. They’re not out of the woods yet though and so the former Shrewsbury player has a big choice to make for Sunday’s game.
Does he make wholesale changes to his team to give the Irons the best chance of avoiding relegation? Or does he play a strong team to limit the chances of a humiliating defeat against League One opponents?
Moyes’ opposite number, Paul Hurst, has a similar dilemma but for different reasons. He has to weigh up the importance of potentially beating a Premier League side versus the potential of losing a key player through injury with Shrewsbury second in League One.
The thing that should swing the game in West Ham’s favour is the extra quality in their squad and the desire of their fringe players to prove their worth to the team.
It certainly won’t be an easy game for West Ham but they must represent good betting value at $2.00 with Sportsbet.
Expect Goals for Both Teams in an FA Cup Cracker
Premier League teams always find it difficult when visiting clubs from the lower reaches of the Football League. They struggle with the pitch, the changing room and the feel of the stadium and West Ham will be no different.
Moyes will ensure the players he chooses are well drilled but we still think Shrewsbury will be able to grab at least one goal. So, make sure to bet on both teams to score at $1.90 with Centrebet.
In the end though, the extra firepower in the West Ham ranks should make all the difference. They could well start the game with Javier Hernandez up front for example while players like Toni Martinez and Domingos Quina will relish the chance to play for the first team.
With more attacking options available on the bench just in case, West Ham should score over 1.5 goals at $2.10 with William Hill.
Bet on These Hungry Young Strikers to Score
Joe Hart knows all about the journey from lower league football to the very top of the game. The England and West Ham goalkeeper started out at Shrewsbury, his local team, before going on to win the Premier League with Man City.
The young Shrewsbury striker, Carlton Morris would do well to have a word with Hart about what it takes to reach the top of the game.
Morris, who is on loan from Norwich, has had his work rate questioned at Shrewsbury but there is no questioning his raw ability. He’ll love the chance to play in front of a big TV audience and could grab his chance by scoring at $3.75 with Sportsbet.
West Ham have their own highly promising young striker in Toni Martinez. The 20-year-old has had to remain patient since signing from Valencia but this could be the perfect time for Moyes to give him a first team outing.
Martinez has scored goals at youth team level and out on loan and should take any chances created for him at $3.15 with Crownbet.
Shrewsbury v West Ham Top Betting Tips
West Ham to win at $2.00 with Sportsbet
Both teams to score at $1.90 with Centrebet
West Ham to score over 1.5 goals at $2.10 with William Hill
Carlton Morris to score at $3.75 with Sportsbet
Toni Martinez to score at $3.15 with Crownbet