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Preview: Shrewsbury Town (H)

28 December 2019

The Whites play host to Sam Ricketts’ Shrewsbury Town tomorrow afternoon in a Sky Bet League One encounter at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Shrewsbury are currently 11th in the table on 31 points.

The Shrews come into the game following a 2-1 defeat at home to Rotherham United on Thursday but have won two games out of the last three.

Team News

In his pre-match press conference with bwfc.co.uk, Wanderers manager Keith Hill did not allude to any potential knocks picked up from the Sunderland away draw.

Head to Head

Wanderers and Shrewsbury have met 23 times in their history, with the first game coming in November 1971, with the Shrews taking that one 1-0.

The Whites have edged this fixture so far, winning 13 of those games, drawing three and losing seven.

Keith Hill’s men have won the last seven outings against Shrewsbury.

Match Coverage

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Wanderers come into the game as betting underdogs at the time of writing, according to Sky Bet, being priced to win at 23/10.

Shrewsbury are favourites at 5/1, with a draw priced at 2/1.

Man in the Middle

Saturday’s game will be officiated by Michael Salisbury, with Helen Edwards and Geoffrey Liddle and Fourth Official Matthew Perry completing the referee line-up.

Salisbury has officiated 19 matches so far this season, with his latest being in a 1-0 away victory for Accrington Stanley against Blackpool.

So far this season he has handed out 58 yellow cards and eight red cards.

Currently in his fifth season as a referee, Salisbury has never refereed The Whites.

Key Man for The Shrews – Fejiri Okenabirhie

The main man leading the line for Sam Ricketts’ side on Saturday will be 23-year-old forward Fejiri Okenabirhie

Okenabirhie joined The Shrews from Dagenham and Redbridge back in June 2018, after starting his career at Stevenage.

The former England ‘C’ international spent a long time in non-league football whilst on loan from Stevenage, before signing permanently for the Shrews in 2018.


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