Andrew Hughes thinks Shrewsbury can earn a point at Ewood Park on Saturday and help to land another weekend multiple in the process
“Is there a stronger defensive team in English football than Shrewsbury?”
Is there a stronger defensive team in English football than Shrewsbury? The Shrews have conceded just two goals in their last seven outings in all competitions, a record that has kept them in contention at the top of League One despite a budget that is a fraction of those of big name division rivals Wigan and Blackburn.
Blackburn are well positioned poised in third after a fourteen-game unbeaten run, and are odds on to win this game and close the gap on Shrewsbury, currently second.
But as Alan Dudman points out in his must-read League One Preview, Paul Hurst's side are just as hard to beat away from home as they are at New Meadow. They've conceded eleven goals in thirteen games on the road and pulled off an impressive draw at Wigan on Boxing Day. Back them to hold firm for another point.
Back to back victories over Harlequins last month kept Ulster in the European Champions Cup but they face a far stiffer task on Saturday.
La Rochelle have looked irresistible at times in this competition, scoring 127 points in four outings and playing a brand of attacking rugby that is exhilarating to watch but hard to combat. Last time these two sides met, in October at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre, the French side served up a 41-17 thrashing.
This weekend's game is likely to be closer, but Ulster don't go into this game in good form, having lost heavily to Leinster last time out and against opponents who possess dangerous runners all over the pitch, I think the home side will fall short again.
The top two sides in this year's Big Bash League go head to head on Saturday and Adelaide are the deserved favourites.
The Strikers are light on star names, but have a solid, experienced batting line-up and a well-balanced attack, including the tournament's star bowler, Afghani leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who has yet to concede six runs in an over.
Three-time winners Perth will be the toughest opponents the Strikers have faced this tournament, but the Scorchers have already lost twice so far in this year's competition, and with home advantage, Adelaide should edge this one.
Total Odds for this multiple: [10.4] Remember, multiple prices are based on our Sportsbook product, so any winnings are exempt from commission.
2018 Weekend Multiple P/L
Staked: 2 pts
Returned: 0 pts
P/L: -2 pt
2017 P/L: + 0.99 pts
2016 P/L: + 20.99 pts
2015 P/L: - 0.51 pts
2014 P/L: + 12.69 pts
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