The Shrews have endured a dismal start to the campaign, having picked up a paltry 10 points from their opening 11 League One matches this term and have won just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
Nevertheless, the home side are rated as 6/5 (2.20) favourites with Paddy Power to kick start their League One campaign by picking up a vital victory this weekend.
The Saddlers have lost their last two league matches and were defeated on penalties in the Football League trophy in midweek but Smith’s men are available at 21/10 (3.10) with Paddy Power to get back to winning ways while the same firm offer 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in deadlock.
Walsall have conceded two goals in each of their last three matches but will be be hopeful of keeping a clean sheet here as they face a shot-shy Shrews side that has managed just one goal in their last four matches.
This match has all the makings of a tense local derby and, subsequently, the 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power for fewer than three goals looks to offer considerable appeal here.
The Saddlers have lost just one of their five League One matches on the road so far this term, picking up an impressive 10 points and, therefore, they represent outstanding value at 5/4 (2.25) in Paddy Power’s draw no bet market.
Walsall’s 20-year-old striker George Bowerman has scored an impressive six goals for the Saddlers so far this term.
He looks worthy of support at a chunky 15/2 (8.50) price with Paddy Power to bag the opening goal of the game while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that he hits the net at any time.
The visitors are value and should be backed at Paddy Power’s 5/4 (2.25) in the draw no bet market here.
|Walsall (Draw no Bet) at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power
||George Bowerman to score first at 15/2 (8.50) with Paddy Power|
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