Shrewsbury v West Ham
Sunday, Jan 07 – 14:00pm
Shrewsbury are enjoying a fantastic campaign in League One this season, and are currently 2nd in the league table, two points adrift of leaders Wigan. The Shrews are undefeated in eight matches in all competitions – their last win coming in a league game against Oldham Athletic on Monday (1-0). Paul Hurst will be without his first-choice goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who was denied permission to feature in the cup by parent club Man United. Craig MacGillivary is likely to start between the sticks.
West Ham drew 1-1 with Tottenham on Thursday, with Pedro Obiang scoring one of the goals of the season for the away side. The Hammers enjoyed a fantastic run of results in December, and seem to have found a new identity under David Moyes over the last few weeks. Joe Hart is likely to feature against his former club today. The Shrewsbury local has been out of favour recently, with Adrian being given a regular spot in the starting XI by Moyes. Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic, and Aaron Cresswell and unlikely to appear for the Hammers.
What the stats tell us:
- The last time these two sides met was back in February 1981 – with the Hammers claiming a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from David Cross and Alan Devonshire.
- Shrewsbury’s last victory over West Ham was back in April 1980 – two weeks before the Hammers won the FA Cup final.
- The Shrews have not faced a Premier League side in the third round of the FA Cup since January 2003 – beating David Moyes’ Everton.
- West Ham have won each of their last five FA Cup matches against third tier sides – last losing to Swansea in 1998/99.
Having just played two matches in as many days in the Premier League, West Ham will be low on energy at the moment, and have a few notable injuries. It’s obvious that David Moyes’ major focus is the Premier League, so fans won’t be expecting anything too exciting from the Hammers today. Shrewsbury have been fantastic this season, and have great momentum heading into today’s clash. Paul Hurst’s side will definitely be up for a battle, and we could see another major FA Cup upset.