Shrewsbury vs Charlton Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

With their opponents being both a team who thrive under pressure, especially from a defensive point of view, and a team who’re extremely tough to beat on their own patch, Charlton really needed to win, or at least score, in front of their own fans on Thursday night. Lee Bowyer’s men didn’t get a pasting, but they did lose without scoring.

The away-goal conceded has handed their opponents a rather large advantage ahead of this second-leg, though all is not lost as far as the Addicks are concerned. With the aggregate score-line as it is, Charlton are still in it and they may even fancy themselves to get a result at New Meadow, especially after they won there during the regular season.

Shrewsbury did what Shrewsbury do best on Thursday night. Paul Hurst’s men dug deep, worked hard for each other, prevented their opponents from scoring and finally poached a goal at the other end. Such a style has carried the Shrews this far and they’re now just a clean sheet away from their second appearance at Wembley this season.

Charlton did look a threat at The Valley on Thursday night and they did try to force the door open, though the visitors made sure that it stayed firmly shut on every occasion. Bowyer will take positives out of the fact that his side got into good positions, though he’ll be gutted that they failed to create anything really clear-cut. Offering a similar level of threat at New Meadow will be much tougher.

The fact that Shrewsbury were indeed a threat on the break in the first-leg, so much so that they should’ve scored before they did, Charlton are now in a very tricky position. If the Addicks don’t get the first goal, and get it relatively early, they’ll become very vulnerable defensively as they push forward. The Shrews will have absolutely no problem in getting men behind the ball, being patient and waiting for opportunities on the break.

Shrewsbury did win the game courtesy of a screamer from one of their key players Jon Nolan, who is unlikely to score a better goal in his career, and they didn’t exactly create loads of opportunities, though the fact that they kept Charlton at bay relatively comfortably was eye-catching. Having done that away from home, the Shrews, who kept a clean sheet in nearly half of their regular season matches, will be ultra-confident of keeping things tight on their own patch.

As alluded to above, if Charlton don’t score first on Sunday, then they could be in big trouble. The fact that the Shrews conceded just four first-half goals at home during the normal campaign won’t sit well with the visitors. Having failed to break through on their own patch, the Addicks could be set to struggle even more. What’s more, they’ll likely come under more pressure at the back too.

All things considered, it’s fair to say that Paul Hurst’s men got exactly what they were looking for on Thursday night and now the tie is in their hands. The hosts are backed to finish the job by once again deploying their hard-to-beat tactics to devastating effect.

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