Yeovil may be struggling in League Two but that hasn’t stopped them from thriving in this competition. The EFL Trophy has been looked down upon by many, though it has given teams from the lower rungs of the professional game an opportunity to test themselves against the Premier League’s promising youngsters and has also provided Football League clubs with an extra avenue to Wembley, one that both Yeovil and Shrewsbury have looked to exploit. Unlike several clubs, Darren Way’s men have taken the competition seriously and are close to being rewarded handsomely.
Like the visitors, Shrewsbury have also taken the EFL Trophy seriously, though they now face something of a conundrum. Paul Hurst now needs to decide whether to field a full side or whether to rest key players for the next battle in their League One title war.
With a final at Wembley at stake, Shrewsbury are expected to take this game seriously. It’s not really in the hard-working team’s nature to not approach a game with the right mindset. Having said that, this won’t be an easy task. Yeovil have saved their best football for this competition and have already managed to get the better of not one, not two, but three League One teams on their way to the semi-finals.
At the prices, ‘Both Teams to Score’ stands out. On their own patch, the Shrews will fancy themselves to find the net against League Two opposition, though the visitors, having fared well against higher-level opposition in this competition, may also fancy their chances of scoring.
On home soil, Shrewsbury have done well in the final third this season; Paul Hurst’s men have notched in all but two of their home matches in League One, while they’ve also only failed to score once at home in this competition. Against a League Two side, one that conceded against both Plymouth and Fleetwood of League One on route to this semi, that has found clean sheets hard to come by, even in this competition, the hosts will be bitterly disappointed if they fail to notch on Tuesday night.
They’re very much outsiders for this fixture, but Yeovil, who’re likely to approach the match at New Meadow with a “nothing to lose” attitude, should fancy themselves going forward. Having scored no less than seven goals in three games against League One opposition in the competition so far, Darren Way’s men will be feeling upbeat. They profited on the break against both Fleetwood and Plymouth, and, although they could struggle defensively, it would be no surprise whatsoever if the visiting side registered on the score-sheet at least once.
In summary, even though Shrewsbury are the likely winners of this one, the visitors, who’ve saved their best for this competition, can get competitive in the final third. At a slightly generous price, backing both to thrive going forward is the way to go.
Head To Head
Yeovil have a pleasing record in this fixture, as they’ve won each of the last three renewals and have lost just one of the last five. When the teams last met, back in 2013, Yeovil came out on top by two goals to one.
Shrewsbury vs Yeovil Town Stats
- Yeovil have scored in 100% of their EFL Trophy matches this season.
- Both teams have scored in 67% of Yeovil’s EFL Trophy matches this season.
- Shrewsbury have conceded at least once in 100% of their EFL Trophy matches against League Two opposition, while Yeovil have conceded in 67% of their EFL Trophy matches against League One opposition.
- Shrewsbury have scored at least once in 100% of their EFL Trophy matches against League Two opposition, while Yeovil have scored in 100% of their EFL Trophy matches against League One opposition.