Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town V Oxford United

Shrewsbury Town will be looking to bounce back from Good Friday’s defeat when they welcome Oxford United on Monday.

Despite slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Barnsley – Sam Ricketts will be pleased with his side’s performance at Oakwell.

And barring an unlikely turn of events, Shrewsbury will be plying their trade in League One next season; as they have a five-point cushion with three games remaining.

But Ricketts will be keen to ensure that complacency does not creep in, and will hope their season does not end with a whimper.

Ryan Sears capped a memorable weekend by penning a new deal. The youngster was handed a rare start against Barnsley.

The future is certainly bright for Town, and this was exemplified by James Rowland also signing a new deal.

Former Wales and Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards joins teammate Steve Arnold on the injury table. Otherwise, Shrewsbury are in the enviable position of having a clean bill of health.

Shrewsbury sealed a 3-2 victory in the corresponding fixture in April 2018. A Shaun Whalley brace and a strike from Jon Nolan cancelled out goals from Wes Thomas and Joe Rothwell.

The visitors will be without former Blackburn Rovers keeper Simon Eastwood. The shot-stopper saw red during Friday’s 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic. Playmaker Marcus Browne is also absent due to suspension.

Karl Robinson’s side occupies 12th place in League One.

Possible Line Ups:

Shrewsbury Town: (3-4-2-1)
1. Mitchell, 2. Williams, 22. Waterfall, 6. Beckles, 27. Sears, 29. Norburn, 42. Grant, 23. Golbourne, 7. Whalley, 8. Docherty, 11. Campbell

Subs: 5. Sadler, 12. Okenabirhie, 13. Bolton, 17. Smith, 18. Gilliead, 28. Laurent, 30. Charles-Cook

Oxford United: (4-2-3-1)
27. Stevens, 23. Long, 5. Nelson, 4. Dickie, 3. Garbutt, 8. Brannagan, 14. Ruffels, 40. Kashi, 17. Henry, 24. Sykes, 9. Sinclair

Subs: 6. Hanson, 11. Carruthers, 13. Shearer, 15. Mousinho, 18. Graham, 19. Mackie, 21. Napa

Other League One Fixtures:

Blackpool V Fleetwood
Bradford V Gillingham
Bristol Rovers V Rochdale
Charlton V Scunthorpe
Peterborough V Sunderland
Plymouth V Barnsley
Portsmouth V Coventry (12:30)
Southend V Burton (13:00)
Wycombe V Walsall

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