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

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.

I've been looking forward to this one and not just because we haven't played in a while. Again, given the manager's comments, I wouldn't bet that all four will be starting in the same team this weekend. My heart says we will win this one but my head tells me that a draw would be a decent result against a potential banana skin. I'm looking forward to seeing Jason Cummings and Callum Lang. Result wise, I can see Wimbledon giving everything they have to get that first win on the board and with new additions, they may be a slightly unknown quantity. That's not to say they will definitely both be in the first team, Sam Ricketts has given himself plenty of options and I'm not sure that Sam Ricketts will blood both in the same team at the same time. We also have a couple of returning players in Ollie Norburn and Ro-Shaun Williams.

Both of those performances proved that Wally Downes men arent exiting this division without putting up a fight. In their last away match, Wimbledon fought hard and deservedly beat Rochdale, as their expected goal difference of +1.42 suggests, while they also delivered a pleasing performance to beat Walsall on the road prior to that, again posting an encouraging expected goal difference of +1.44.

Goal Margins

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.

Both Guinness Walker and O'Neill have been on the score sheet with the latter scoring twice, one in League One and the other in the EFL Cup. There were also midfield additions with Callum Reilly joining 25-year-old Luke O'Neill from Gillingham being the most noticeable., having played every game so far this season. During the close season, Wally Downes added to his defensive options by bringing in Gillingham defender Luke O'Neill, Rochdale loan defender Ryan Delaney and Nesta Guinness-Walker from Metropolitan Police.

The last meeting between the two last campaign ended in a 0-0 stalemate and thats a scoreline we believe could well be repeated this Saturday, in whats unlikely to be a stunning watch for the neutral. All things considered, backing a draw looks the best way to play as far as the betting is concerned and is something were more than happy to do.

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.

AFC Wimbledon vs Shrewsbury: tips and recommended bet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.