Shrewsbury Town travel to the Abbey Stadium this Monday to take on Cambridge United in the Sky Bet League One. The Boxing Day fixture will kick off at 3pm.
Shrewsbury’s last fixture, away at Peterborough United, was called off due to a frozen pitch. This was the same outcome for Cambridge’s last fixture. They were due to play Fleetwood Town away.
Before this, Shrewsbury’s last outing in the league earlier this month ended in a 3-2 win at home against Bolton Wanderers. Rob Street scored inside the opening two minutes for Salop before Dion Charles equalised to make it 1-1. In the second half, Bolton then took the lead in the 71st minute as Charles scored from the penalty spot. Christian Saydee then scored to make it 2-2 and the comeback was complete when Chey Dunkley scored in the 92nd minute to claim all three points for Steve Cotterill’s side.
Meanwhile, Cambridge’s last league outing finished 0-0 as they drew at home to Plymouth Argyle.
There have been a total of 35 meetings between Salop and the U’s, with Shrewsbury winning 11 of those, losing 14 and drawing 10. The sides last met in the previous Sky Bet League One campaign. The fixture at Abbey Stadium in March 2022 ended in a 0-0 draw. At Montgomery Waters Meadow, Salop won 4-1 in October 2021.
Name: Cambridge United Football Club
Stadium: Abbey Stadium
Founded: 1912; 110 years ago (as Abbey United)
Chairman: Shaun Grady
Manager: Mark Bonner
Record league win: 7-0 vs Morecambe, League Two, 19th April 2016.
Record league defeat: 0-7 vs Luton Town, League Two, 18th November 2017.
Highest League finish: 5th in the Second Division, 1991/1992 season.
One to watch: Sam Smith
Top scorer for the U’s last season, Sam Smith netted 21 times in all competitions. The 24-year-old striker is currently on five goals this season, with four of those coming in the league and one in the FA Cup. Smith, who was previously with Reading, has had loan spells at EFL clubs including: Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town, Cambridge United, Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town. In July 2021, Smith joined Cambridge for a second time but this time on a permanent deal.