Hartlepool will face Torquay on Sunday in the National League Playoff Final. The teams are just one win away from reaching the Football League. Hartlepool will fancy their chances of reaching League Two following playoff wins over Bromley (3-2) and Stockport County (1-0). Pools were the underdogs versus Stockport County, who received a bye into the semifinal of the playoffs. However, manager Dave Challinor and the squad rode their luck to the victory and won the match to punch their ticket for the final.

Torquay finished second in the National League and received a bye into the semifinals of the playoffs. There, they defeated Notts County in extra-time 4-2. The game was deadlocked a 2-2 after 90 minutes as Torquay got two goals in the overtime period to win the match.

Torquay finished the National League regular season in second place on 80 points. They were good down the stretch going unbeaten in the final six games and ended the campaign four points back of first-place Sutton United. A run of four straight draws to finish the season prevented them from winning the division, however.

Hartlepool finished the regular season on 76 points and four back of second-place Torquay. It was a narrow gap and the teams put together similar campaigns in the fight for Football League promotion. Hartlepool will feel that they have momentum having had to play twice in the playoffs compared to Torquay’s one game.

Hartlepool vs Torquay Betting Odds


The away team won both matches during the National League season between Hartlepool and Torquay. The good news for both sides is that they will play the National League Final on neutral turf. The game will be played at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Torquay won the first meeting between the teams by a smashing 5-0 scoreline. Danny Wright scored a hat-trick and Ben Whitfield and Gary Warren added goals. The reverse fixture between the teams saw Hartlepool win 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Luke Molyneux. Hartlepool and Torquay have met six times since the 2017-18 National League season. Pools lead the recent head-to-head series between the two teams posting a record of 3W-2D-1L.

Leading sportsbooks have Hartlepool at odds of 8/5 to win the match against Torquay on Sunday. Pools will be the designated home team. Challinor’s team finished fourth in the regular season table with 76 points. Just eight points separated them from automatic promotion and four from second-place finishers Torquay. They also notched the league’s fourth-most goals with 66 and conceded the fifth-fewest with 43.

Torquay are at odds of 13/8 to pull off a victory and return to the Football League. The Gulls conceded the league’s second-fewest goals with 80 while scoring the third-most at 68. A full-time draw has occurred twice in the teams’ last six games. They are at odds of 11/5 to draw.

Hartlepool vs Torquay Team News

Tickets for the final are going fast – if not already gone. This is one of the hottest tickets in the histories of both clubs. Hartlepool are set to charter a flight for fans to get to the game in Bristol. Torquay manager Gary Johnson will hope his star forwards can come up with goals against Pools.

Asa Hall co-led the team in goals this season with 10 in 38 National League games. The team captain is well-travelled and has delivered veteran leadership to the side all campaign.

Meanwhile, Danny Wright will aim to get on the scoresheet once more for Torquay when playing against Hartlepool. Wright scored a hat-trick against Hartlepool when the teams played at Plainmoor. Wright also bagged 10 league goals. Wright has a brilliant 89 goals in 285 career National League matches.

Rhys Oates and Luke Armstrong were Hartlepool’s two double-digit scorers in the league. The duo combined for 28 goals. The duo got on the scoresheet in the team’s 3-2 win versus Bromley. Oates continued his brilliant form versus Stockport County claiming the game’s only goal. Challinor will hope the team can keep the solid defence it showed versus Stockport going in the final versus Torquay.

Hartlepool vs Torquay Prediction

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Hartlepool’s defence was far better in the playoff semifinal versus Stockport County than it was versus Bromely in the quarters. In the quarterfinals, up 3-0 at halftime, Hartlepool conceded two second half goals and nearly lost the game. Torquay go into the final after 2-2 draw at full-time with Notts County. They won 4-2 in extra-time.

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Oates is on fire for Hartlepool. He has scored in each of the playoff matches for the club, tallying three goals in two fixtures. He has 18 goals in 40 matches in all competitions this season for the team. Oates has tallied 26 goals in 91 matches in the National League. Oates could be the target of League Two teams in the offseason regardless of Sunday’s result.

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Yes, Hartlepool kept a clean sheet versus the favoured Hatters. It was an improvement on the 3-2 win in the quarterfinals versus Bromley. Torquay’s match against Notts County finished 2-2 at full-time with two more goals coming during the overtime period. These teams could once again see goals scored on Sunday in the final. Keep in mind, Torquay thrashed Hartlepool 5-0 away earlier this season.

Hartlepool are on a two-match winning streak in the playoffs. They have been very good and could keep that run of form going versus Torquay – who received a bye into the semifinals, thus playing one fewer game. Oates is on a tremendous run of form and could fire Pools to the win and into League Two.

Torquay have won just once in their last six matches against Hartlepool. Based on history, the Gulls could fall at the final hurdle despite being the better team during the league campaign. Hartlepool should claim a win and promotion back to the Football League.