Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town betting tips: FA Cup fourth round replay match preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Shrewsbury

After a simply extraordinary clash at the New Meadow, these two must do it all again eight days later.

A replay looked unlikely when Curtis Jones fired Liverpool 1-0 in front after a quarter of an hour.

Then, less than 30 seconds into the second half, the tie looked dead when former Manchester United man Donald Love scored an inexplicable own goal.

But, two goals in ten minutes from substitute Jason Cummings saw the Shrews come back to earn a famous 2-2 draw.

So now, they travel to Anfield for the first time in their history.

Given that Liverpool’s priorities clearly lie elsewhere, can the League One side cause a major upset?

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Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town: Who will win?

Amazingly, Liverpool are not odds on to win this one but are favourites at 23/20.

Shrewsbury meanwhile are only 2/1 to win in 90 minutes.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 13/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/15.

Both teams to score is 4/9.

The Reds are 4/6 to qualify; the Shrews are 11/10 to progress.

Liverpool’s English midfielder Curtis Jones (R) celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in a penalty shoot-out during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 30, 2019. – Liverpool won the match after winning the penalty shoot out, following a 5-5 draw in the match. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Curtis Jones has cored in both of his FA Cup appearances so far this season. He is 6/1 to open the scoring and 21/10 to make it three in three.

Harvey Elliott will also be a threat. The 16 year old is 13/2 to score first and 9/4 to get his first goal for Liverpool.

Jason Cummings was Shrewsbury’s hero in the first tie. The Scotland international is 5/1 to break the deadlock and 7/4 to score once again.

Ollie Norburn could also be a threat. He is 10/1 to score first and 10/3 to score anytime.

Both Jones and Luis Longstaff to score is 8/1.

Both Elliott and Thomas Hill to score is 10/1.

Both Cummings and Callum Lang to score is 7/1.

Both Daniel Udoh and Cummings to score is 17/2.

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town: Match preview

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on February 01, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s draw at the New Meadow was a very rare blip in what has, so far, otherwise been a perfect season.

On Saturday, goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and a late brace from Mo Salah saw them beat Southampton 4-0.

That means the Reds have won 16 Premier League games in a row, taking 73 from a possible 75 points this season.

Truly ridiculous.

They’re also still in the UEFA Champions League, as defending champions, and will face Atlético Madrid in the Spanish capital in a fortnight’s time.

Given all of this, Jürgen Klopp confirmed neither he nor the first-team squad will partake in this replay as it comes during their two-week winter beak.

So, surely that massively increases Shrewsbury’s chances.

Under Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool have exited the FA Cup in the fourth round three times and the third round once.

Will the European and World Champions, albeit a much changed version, exit the FA Cup to third-division or lower opposition for the first time since 2013?

Will it be the most famous night in Shrewsbury’s history?

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: A detailed view of the Emirates FA Cup Trophy prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As for Shrewsbury Town, they may not be meeting Liverpool’s first-team but this’ll still be a massive occasion for them.

This will be their seventh FA Cup game of the season already, having needed replays to beat both Bradford and Bristol City either side of a win over Mansfield.

However, their form in League One is really poor.

On Saturday, the Shrews were beaten 1-0 at Spotland by Rochdale.

That means Sam Rickett’s side have only won two of their 11 league matches so are 16th in League One but with a big buffer over the relegation zone.

However, for one night only, they can forget about third-tier matters and play at one of the world’s most famous footballing theatres.

Can they reach the fifth round for only the third time since 1948?

The prize? A trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

Liverpool team news vs Shrewsbury Town

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Sadio Mané celebrates during Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield November 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

As Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool’s stellar stars will not be at Anfield, Neil Critchley will take charge of a very youthful XI.

He’s already done so once this season; the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa which clashed with the Club World Cup.

So, it’s certainly more appropriate to compare this potential XI with that one rather than any of Liverpool’s subsequent 12 games.

Caoimhín Kelleher will be in goal; his third appearance of the season although he’s already let in ten goals.

In defence, Nathaniel Phillips has joined Stuttgart on loan so won’t keep up his record of having played in every FA Cup tie.

18 year old dutch duo Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg will both start as will Yasser Larouci at left-back.

Larouci though is an injury doubt, as confirmed by Neil Critchley on Monday. If Larouci is unavailable we can expect Adam Lewis to play at left back.

Morgan Boyes, who scored an unfortunate own goal at Villa Park, will make his first appearance since then.

In midfield, Curtis Jones is the only Liverpool player to score in this competition so far and will be looking to maintain that record.

Pedro Chirivella will also keep his place with Leighton Clarkson making up the midfield trio.

Herbie Kane would start but he joined Hull City on loan early last month.

Isaac Christie-Davies is also on loan; he’s with Belgian First Division A side Cercle Brugge.

In attack, Harvey Elliott is the senior man at 16 as this’ll be his seventh appearance for Liverpool’s first-team.

Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi made up the front three in the first tie but neither are likely to play in this one.

So, Thomas Hill and Luis Longstaff are both likely to start, just like at Villa.

Rhian Brewster is another who could have played but he’s out on loan at Swansea City.

Reports on Monday also suggested that young striker Joe Hardy is likely to make his Liverpool debut in this match. Perhaps off the bench.

Just to emphasis how inexperienced this side is, the combined squad numbers of this XI is 773.

Will this side, with an average age of 18, still beat Shrewsbury?

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NEWPORT, WALES – SEPTEMBER 30: General view as heavy rain falls during the Guinness PRO14 match between Dragons and Southern Kings at Rodney Parade on September 30, 2017 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

As for Shrewsbury, no such drastic rotation from them.

Sam Ricketts will name his strongest available XI.

Max O’Leary will continue in goal; this’ll be his 29th appearance of the season.

As always, ahead of him will be a back three.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell is their key man in defence and he’ll be joined by Aaron Pierre and Ro-Shaun Williams.

Omar Beckles will be the unfortunate man to miss out.

Despite his comical own goal nine days ago, Donald Love will keep his place at right wing-back.

On the other side, Scott Golbourne will get the nod over Sam Hart.

In the centre, Dave Edwards will be the experienced head.

He made 61 Premier League appearance at Wolves and has won 43 caps for Wales, one of which was a start in a European Championships semi-final in 2016.

Sean Goss and Oliver Norburn will also start; Josh Laurent, Josh Vela and Brad Walker are the other options.

In attack, Jason Cummings’ brace will surely see him start this time.

He won the Scottish Cup during his time with Hibernian, scoring in the semi-final shootout against Dundee United.

His partner up top will be Shaun Whalley; Callum Lang, who started the first time, and Daniel Udoh are the other choices.

Can this XI make Shrewsbury history?

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Shrewsbury Town

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Shrewsbury Town

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Shrewsbury Town.

Predicted Shrewsbury Town line-up vs Liverpool

Predicted Shrewsbury Town line-up vs Liverpool

Predicted Shrewsbury Town line-up vs Liverpool.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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1Liverpool FC26251061154676
2Manchester City26173667293854
3Leicester City26155654262850
4Chelsea FC2713594537844
5Tottenham Hotspur2711794436840
6Sheffield United2610972824439
7Manchester United2610883829938
8Wolverhampton Wanderers2681263532336
9Everton FC26106103438-436
10Arsenal FC2671363634234
11Burnley FC26104123039-934
12Southampton FC2694133248-1631
13Newcastle United2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove Albion2669113138-727
16AFC Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham United2666143045-1524
19Watford FC2659122440-1624
20Norwich City2646162448-2418
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League One table:

1Rotherham United31176856322457
2Coventry City301512343281557
3Wycombe Wanderers3216884136556
4Peterborough United331671065392655
5Sunderland AFC31159742261654
6Portsmouth FC30158745301553
7Ipswich Town321410845311452
8Fleetwood Town30149746351151
9Gillingham FC32121373930949
10Oxford United31139952341848
11Doncaster Rovers31139947311648
12Burton Albion311110104242043
13Bristol Rovers31119113542-742
14Accrington Stanley31109124546-139
15Lincoln City33115174144-338
17Shrewsbury Town30811112536-1135
18Milton Keynes Dons3196163342-933
19Rochdale AFC3196163551-1633
20AFC Wimbledon3279163751-1430
21Tranmere Rovers3058172853-2523
22Southend United3237223379-4616
23Bolton Wanderers2958162461-3711
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