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- Torquay United drew their final four games of the regular season.
- Notts County have lost only one of their last five away contests.
- Both regular season meetings between these sides in 2020-21 finished as draws.
Burchnall’s boys can keep Gulls quiet
A nerve-shredding day at Ashton Gate awaits the winner of this meeting of Torquay United and Notts County – two former Football League clubs bidding to return to the 92.
The Gulls earned home advantage and a week off to recharge their batteries by virtue of their second-place league finish, but dropping eight points in their final four games cost them automatic promotion and silverware.
Gary Johnson’s side are still favourites to progress in front of a sellout crowd with the manager hoping the Yellow Army can be his team’s 12th man.
The experienced ex-Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Latvia boss has doubts over one or two regulars such as like influential striker Danny Wright or tricky winger Ben Whitfield.
Notts County put their fans through the wringer last weekend when twice trailing to Chesterfield in the Meadow Lane eliminator, but Ian Burchnall’s men finished the stronger to move a step closer to the promised land.
And it was former Torquay defender Mark Ellis who was the Magpies’ last-gasp hero with the headed winner from a set-piece.
Burchnall’s side drew both home and away with Torquay in the regular season, but the Magpies’ points per game and average goals scored soared over the final eight games during a spell when the Gulls’ wings were clipped.
By finishing with three away wins in their last four, one of which was to end Wrexham’s seven-match unbeaten run, Notts County earn our selection to avoid defeat in the Double Chance market.
It should be fairly cagey so 0-0 in the correct score betting has a realistic chance of landing again -as it did when the sides met in January.
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