Northampton vs Shrewsbury Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

As things stands, with three games left to go, Northampton, who’re currently six points clear of the drop-zone are probably just about safe but, having lost last time out, will be hoping for a result here just to be absolutely sure. Given Shrewsbury’s vulnerability of late, this might just be the perfect opportunity for the hosts to seal their place in League One next season once and for all.

Shrewsbury are very much fighting for their lives and are just about keeping their head above water; however, having looked as though they’d toughened not that long ago, Paul Hurst’s men are looking very vulnerable indeed. At the prices, backing the home win seems the best bet.

They might have received a drubbing on the road at the hands of Millwall last time out, but Northampton have been far better at home than they have away and have actually acquitted themselves reasonably well in some tough fixture of late. There’s no shame in a narrow defeat against champions Sheffield United, while points against both Rochdale and Oxford are very respectable. Things are expected to get a bit easier here and the hosts can put their decent home form to good use.

In front of a home crowd, Northampton have only lost twice in their last eight and have often got the better of the divisions lesser teams. Having scored 34, they’re more than useful going forward, while Shrewsbury’s impotence on the road should certainly aid them at the back.

The visitors’ away record paints a sorry picture in all honesty. Paul Hurst’s men have actually performed with credit on their own patch, but they’ve struggled massively on the road, so much so that it might just cost them their place in the division. No win in their last five away from home is a problem, while they’ve only managed three away wins all season. The Shrews have conceded far too many goals and haven’t scored enough, it’s as simple as that really.

A 1-0 win against Rochdale was a massive result a few match-days ago, but taking just a point against a Walsall side who’ve got nothing to play for really was poor last time out and the pressure might just be starting to tell for Monday’s visitors.

It’s fancied that Northampton can use Shrewsbury’s tentative position against them and thus the visitors are expected to buckle somewhat under the pressure. Backing the hosts to secure their safety is the bet to go for here.

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