Shrewsbury to swat aside Crawley in League Two glamour tie
Crawley to capitulate as the fourth tier is thrust under the spotlight
The Premier League lived up to its grandiose hype for once this weekend, however it’s still invigorating to have a break occasionally, so resist the urge to sneer at Monday’s only televised offering hailing from League Two.
If Sky Sports were as keen to promote their infrequent fourth-tier coverage as the steady stream of big league action, they could talk up its status as the most goal-heavy of the three Football League divisions this term, with lively promotion and relegation battles accompanying all that net-rippling.
And clashes between clubs at the top are cropping up as frequently as dodgy owners at Portsmouth, with tonight’s pitting fourth-placed Shrewsbury against fifth-placed Crawley, with the winners assured the third automatic promotion spot.
Shrewsbury are available to back at positively gargantuan odds of 17/10 with Boylesports and there’s quite the case for leaping aboard that bandwagon.
For starters, Graham Turner’s men are the best home side in the entire Football League, and though they can’t quite compete with the marginally better-off Manchester City in that department, 11 wins and three draws from 14 games is a record that even Manchester United would envy.
Crawley by contrast have gone five away league matches without victory, losing the last 3-0 to Paolo Di Canio’s High Flying Robins. While prodding at a few giants in the FA Cup, they’ve won just two of their last nine at this level and beaten only one other top-ten team on the road.