Managerless Shrewsbury make the short trip to Walsall on Saturday afternoon.
Walsall v Shrewsbury - Saturday 15:00
Shrewsbury insist they will take their time appointing a successor to Micky Mellon, and caretaker Danny Coyle has ruled himself out of the running by admitting he’s not really cut-out for management, so conditions are hardly favourable for the visitors here. But the pressure’s off and that can be a big help in a local derby.
Salop were given an early scare at high-flying Bradford last weekend, falling behind after 20 minutes and chasing shadows for much of the first half. But Coyle did get a response after the break, with the Shrews close to finding an equaliser on a handful of occasions prior to the stoppage-time penalty that ultimately clinched a 2-0 win for the Bantams.
So that should be the benchmark for the visitors. If Coyle can ilicit that level of intensity from his charges once again, then there should be something in this game for them. Walsall showed their potential when beating Millwall a fortnight ago, but you never know what you’re getting from one week to the next with the Saddlers and a repeat of those standards seems unlikely,
Jon Whitney appears to be embroiled in a game of emotional tennis with his players from one week to the next and such highs and lows are never conducive to consistency. This game might showcase both sides of Walsall. Take the 5/2 available on the draw and throw a speculative point on the 2-2 correct score at 16/1.