Torquay finished second in National League standings, four points off of Sutton United, who achieved automatic promotion. Now, Torquay will play fifth-place finishers Notts County in the National League playoff semifinals. The Gulls’ second-place finish allowed them to miss out on playing in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They should be rested but the week off of action could result in the team struggling to get up to speed with Notts County on Saturday at Plainmoor.

Notts County came through the quarterfinals of the playoffs with flying colours. They defeated Chesterfield 3-2 coming from behind twice to equalise the score. Kyle Wootton scored twice with Mark Ellis tallying the winner in the 90th minute.

During the regular season, the two teams were separated by 10 points in the National League table. Notts County posted 70 points while scoring 62 goals. They conceded 41 times over the course of the 42-game season. Torquay recorded 80 points while tallying 68 goals and conceding 39 times. Manager Gary Johnson’s team allowed the third-fewest goals in the division. They also scored the third-most goals.

Nothing could split these teams during the regular season as both matches ended in draws. Notts County showed an ability to come from behind in the quarterfinals. Will they need to do it once more in the semifinals?

Torquay vs Notts County Betting Odds

 

Torquay are favourites to win the semifinal versus Notts County and book a place in the final versus either Stockport County or Hartlepool. The final of the playoffs will be played at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium. The Gulls are at odds of 11/8 to win the semifinal versus Notts County and progress to the trophy final. Just one team achieve an automatic promotion place from the National League to League Two. Six teams began the playoffs seeking the other promotion place to the Football League. Four teams are now left.

Notts County were relegated from the Football League in 2019 after coming rock bottom of the table. Last season, they made the playoffs and nearly returned to League Two only to just miss out. Notts County are at odds of 11/5 to win the match at full-time.

The Magpies recorded two draws against Torquay earlier this season. Their first meeting finished nil-nil with neither side able to get the upper hand. The second match, played at Plainmoor, ended 2-2. Notts County led the game 2-0 after goals from Dion Kelly-Evans and Mark Ellis. Torquay came back with goals from Connor Lemnheigh-Evans and Ben Wynter. The Gulls goals were both scored in the final 15 minutes of play and Wynter’s strike was at the death to give the team a share of the spoils.

Torquay and Notts County are at odds of 21/10 to finish in a third straight draw. Torquay are 8/11 to qualify for the final while Notts County are at odds of 11/10 to qualify.

Torquay vs Notts County Team News

Notts County go into the semifinal in great form. They suffered just one defeat in their last nine league matches. The Magpies have shown an attacking quality in recent weeks with six goals tallied in their last two games. Torquay sat out last weekend while Notts County were able to build momentum. The playoff bye Torquay received could be an issue.

Notts County manager Ian Burchnall will hope forward Kyle Wootton can have another big game for the side. He scored twice against Chesterfield with both goals cancelling out an earlier goal for the opposition. They need him provide the spark in the final third. He has found the back of the net four times in his last five matches. Overall, Wootton had a strong 2020-21 with 15 goals in 41 National League games. He could get a move to a side in League One or League Two after plundering so many goals.

Torquay have their own attacking threats in the final third. Forwards Scott Boden and Danny Wright are the players Notts County must watch out for on Saturday. Boden and Wright combined to score 15 goals for the Gulls. Neither were the team’s top scorers, however. Lemonheigh-Evans topped the Gulls in goalscoring with 11 strikes. All 11 goals came from open play.

Torquay vs Notts County Prediction

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Notts County saw a high-scoring game versus Chesterfield. The Magpies were able to come from behind twice to secure the late win. They need to play better defence versus Torquay, something they may not be able to do. Three of Torquay’s last six matches ended with both teams scoring. They limped to the finishline in the National League with four straight draws.

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Wootton is Notts County’s most in-form player in attack. He was good versus Chesterfield twice scoring and will be a threat versus Torquay on Saturday. Wootton didn’t get on the scoresheet versus Torquay during the season, but with his form being sharp, could do it this weekend. Wootton bagged 15 goals in 41 National League games. The two goals in the playoff quarterfinal pushed his total to 17. The well-travelled forward has 32 career goals for Notts County in 78 matches.

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Notts County saw over 2.5 goals in their match with Chesterfield. It is highly likely the team will once again score and concede goals. Their match at Plainmoor played during the National League season finished 2-2. After racing out to an early two-goal lead, Notts County conceded twice in the final 15 minutes to draw the match.

Three of Torquay’s last six matches ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. Notts County saw over 2.5 goals in five of their last seven games – that includes the quarterfinal win over Chesterfield.

Torquay are the favourite to win, but Notts County are in form going into the semifinal. An upset could be on the cards; however, the Magpies need to play much better defence than they did last weekend versus Chesterfield to punch their ticket to the final.