ENGLAND: EFL Trophy

Date: 10-11-21

Time: 20:00 PM

Venue: DW Stadium (Wigan)

Shrewsbury Town head into their EFL Trophy fixture with Wigan Athletic knowing that victory would secure their place in the knockout stages. However, as a result of Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-21s losing at group winners Crewe Alexandra, Wigan will progress to the last 32 with a win on Wednesday night. At a time when they sit as leaders of League One, Wigan’s priorities lie elsewhere, but Leam Richardson has been left with mixed emotions after his team’s recent performances.

Wigan overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Fleetwood Town last week, but they were held to a goalless draw at home by National League outfit Solihull Moors in the FA Cup.

Before that double-header, Wigan had also lost twice in three league fixtures, and Richardson will demand improvements in all areas of the pitch over the coming weeks. Their efforts in this competition have not gone to plan with Wolves Under-21s prevailing on penalties in their opener before losing to struggling Crewe on October 5.

This match has been put back 24 hours as a result of Shrewsbury’s FA Cup tie at non-league Stratford Town, the Shropshire side conceding an early goal before running out 5-1 winners.

Steve Cotterill’s team have improved of late, posting four wins and a draw from their last seven fixtures in all competitions. Moving out of the League One relegation zone remains their number one focus, but Cotterill will want to keep the ball rolling when they make the trip to the North-West on Wednesday night.

Luke Leahy and Ryan Bowman have been the stars of recent games, the pair contributing eight goals between them during the last three fixtures.

Recent Stats:

  • Wigan’s form in last 5 matches: DWWLW.
  • Shrewsbury’s form in last 5 matches: WDWLW

PREDICTION: Home/Draw and Over 1.5