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

Shrewsbury Town, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town at Portman Road, but you should bear in mind that attacker Shaun Whalley was sent off in the first half of the match. The Shrews have been struggling in front of goal of late, failing to find the net in four of their last five league games and seeing that Whalley is out of contention through suspension, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who are desperate to get back on course.

The Dons currently have a positive expected goal difference away from home and have only created marginally less than Shrewsbury have at home, while theyve only lost by more than a single goal in 4/17 on the road during the current campaign. In fact, despite their poor league position, Wimbledon have never really been easy to beat on their travels this season.

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.

Going against the hosts wont be easy for lots of people, but all things considered, backing the visitors to gain a positive result is not hard to do, especially at the prices. For all theyre in a poor position, Wimbledon are no easy side to get the better of, while for all Shrewsbury are a good side, theyre not the most menacing going forward, so the visitors will fancy themselves to stay in the game.

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Its fair to say expectations werent massively high at AFC Wimbledon coming into the new campaign but few could have predicted them struggling to quite the extent they have so far. Indeed, the side were booed off the pitch by travelling supporters in a 2-1 defeat to arch rivals Milton Keynes last weekend and said result leaves them down in 21st place, with a shocking 2 points to their name after 7 matches.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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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.

Last seasons top Scorer Joe Piggot got himself off the mark against Rotherham on the opening Saturday of the season but has yet to add to it in the seven games since then. Kwasi Appiah has chipped in a couple of goals, making him Wimbledon's current top scorer, he also received a yellow card during both the games he's scored in but not in any of his other appearances so far this season. One of the Dons most recent transfers seemed to pay off immediately when Marcus Forss joined on loan from Brentford and scored in his first game against Milton Keynes.

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.

Wimbledons two points have at least came in their last 2 home games, showing they can be competitive at Kingsmeadow but its a win they require and are long overdue. Pressure is beginning to mount on home boss Wally Downes and supporters are becoming restless with his perceived defensive style of play, leaving him needing a result this weekend.