7th Jan 2018 | FA Cup
Taming Of The Shrews
David Moyes won't prioritise the FA Cup but he has good striker options to rotate and realises the importance of avoiding defeat to lower league opposition.
This one has been picked for the TV cameras because it’s seen as a potential upset and Shrewsbury are sure to give a good account of themselves. Sat 2nd in League One, Town boast a well-organised defence which could take them to the Championship.
However, they rank only T-12th in League One for goals scored and the firepower of their Premier League visitors should prove the difference here. Back West Ham to win and under 2.5 goals in the match at a best price of 16/5 with Ladbrokes.
David Moyes will realise the relative importance of avoiding embarrassment here after seeing what happened to Mark Hughes. He wouldn’t be sacked if the worst happened, but it would be a black mark against the Scotsman after a bright start at his new club which has seen them lose just 1 of their last 7 games; that run saw them go unbeaten against Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.
Moyes can call on quality strikers who haven’t been run into the ground. Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew both played under 30 mins in that recent game at Wembley and can feature to good effect here.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 08:44 7th Jan, 2018 but subject to change