Shrewsbury v Oldham Betting Tips: Hosts can line punters pockets
Sports betting writer Bradley Gibbs looks ahead to Saturday’s League One fixture between Shrewsbury and Oldham.
Shrewsbury welcome Oldham to New Meadow on Saturday afternoon as two of League One’s relegation candidates go head-to-head.
For the majority of the current campaign, neither of these two teams have performed at the required level and it’s unsurprising that they both currently find themselves amidst the bottom four.
As can be expected of teams who’re struggling, these two have, more often than not, been involved in rather dull, uninspiring encounters and fans probably won’t be treated to anything much better in this one. Having said this, from a betting point of view, there’s reason to feel upbeat about the home team’s chances.
At odds of 6/4, backing Shrewsbury to come out on top is certainly a bet that catches the eye. It’s true that Paul Hurst’s team haven’t exactly hit the heights this season, but their recent form at home has been more than respectable and this match, against a team who’re really struggling to carry any sort of attacking threat, provides them with the perfect opportunity to move forward.
When a team finds themselves near the foot of the table, it’s reasonable to assume that their form will be littered with losses; however, this really isn’t the case for The Shrews at home. They’ve lost just once (by a single goal) in their last seven at New Meadow and have kept a remarkable six clean sheets during that time. In addition, recent home home wins against Bradford and Bristol Rovers, both of which saw the hosts keep a clean sheet, bode really well ahead of this one.
Oldham have been in trouble for some time and have shown little in the way of improvement recently. The season started badly for The Latics and, unless something drastic happens, it looks as though it’ll end badly too. Quite simply, they just do not score enough goals. While John Sheridan’s men have put in a few decent defensive performances, if they’re not scoring goals then keeping clean sheets here and there isn’t much help. Having played 25 times this season, the visitors have failed to score on 16 occasions, including in seven of their 13 away matches.
The recipe for beating Oldham is generally quite straightforward, score first and your likely to be collecting three points. Given their defensive solidity at home of late, Shrewsbury will confident of keeping a very lacklustre front-line quiet, while it shouldn’t take too much for them to profit at the other end considering Oldham have conceded in each of their last nine league matches on the road.
Backing a team in the bottom four probably won’t be on every punters agenda this Saturday, but those who’re brave enough to do so can be nicely rewarded as Shrewsbury look set to continue their decent home form.
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