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City of Shrewsbury host Rochdale in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening in New Meadow, both sides want to move into the third round.
Neither team started the season in good shape, so this duel is looking for a win to act as a catalyst in their league form.
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Shrewsbury couldn’t go into this duel in a much worse position at the start of their campaign.
After four defeats in a row in all four games of the first division at the beginning of the new season, Shrewsbury is bottom of the table without scoring a single league goal.
The last of those losses was a 3-0 home loss to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. That score doesn’t tell the whole story, however, when you consider that the hosts had 62% possession and had more than three times as many shots as their opponents, even though only one made it to goal.
On a positive note, however, the Shrews at least improved their performance in the EFL Cup last season, where they were eliminated after a 4-3 defeat by Middlesbrough in the first round.
To reach the second round, the home side defeated Lincoln City on penalties earlier this month after the draw ended 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Rochdale visitors travel to New Meadow on Tuesday in a slightly more positive mood than their hosts, despite being the underdog heading in that direction.
The Dale is ranked 15th in the second division.
An impressive 3-1 away win against Northampton Town thanks to goals from Max Taylor, Josh Andrews and Abraham OdohHe will provide the much-needed boost after two defeats and a draw in the last three league games.
Rochdale is fortunate to be in the second round here, however. Their first round match away at Harrogate Town was postponed and Rochdale received a bye after their opponents faced a string of positive COVID-19 cases and failed to play the game.
This is a team from Harrogate that they had also lost just three days earlier on the opening weekend of the League Two season.
It is not Rochdale’s fault, however, and they will try to cause a stir on Tuesday and silence any critics who question their right to participate in the second round.
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Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill can give a positive note to the game on Tuesday night, in the form of a full-fledged squad to choose from, it seems.
He could try to switch his team after the games with some fresh legs every three or four days since the start of the season, trying to find the formula for success that has been missing so far this season.
Rochdale is making the trip with a slew of positive COVID-19 cases that have caused problems across the roster recently.
Aidy white, Conor Grant and George Broadbent all of them missed the trip to Northampton over the weekend because of positive tests so should be back here.
Jake BeesleyAvailability remains in doubt as he also missed Saturday’s win due to an injury sustained midweek last week.
However, Jim McNultyThe period of isolation ended in time for him to take the bench against Northampton so he will be pushing for a starting spot.
Shrewsbury Town possible starting line-up:
Marosi; Pennington, Pierre, nurse; Bennett, Davis, Ogbeta, Leahy; Vela; Archer, Pyke
Rochdale possible starting line-up:
Lynch; Graham, O’Connell, Taylor; O’Keeffe, Morley, Dooley, Done; Odoh, Andrews, Cashman
Probability: Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Rochdale (Shrewsbury wins on penalties)
This is an interesting match-up in New Meadow on Tuesday. Normally Shrewsbury would be expected to win as he is a league higher than his opponents, but with his dismal start to the season coupled with Rochdale’s boost from his first win of the weekend, we say Rochdale could draw at least one draw here and win this one to punishments.
Best betting tip for this match
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