Notts Co on the hunt for playoff redemption
The ever dramatic National League playoffs get underway this week, with last season’s final losers Notts County looking to progress against Chesterfield, another club in the fifth division with bags of EFL experience. Notts County lost out to Harrogate Town last term, Town went to survive comfortably in League Two while the Magpies finished fifth, just one point and place above Chesterfield. There really is nothing between the two so expect plenty of tension and the fine margins to come into play with the nail biting prospect of a return to league football looming large for both clubs. With home advantage and their rocky ride last term, Notts County come in as favourites but still at an odds against price.
In terms of raw ability Notts County’s Enzio Boldewijn stands out between the two sides. The skilful winger has a highlight reel that would suggest he could play at the top level, but football is about more than a compilation and the 28-year-old Dutchman has been used more as an impact sub this season, such is the inconsistency in performance levels that has seen him drop out of league football. He came through the youth system at Eredivisie side Utrecht before making his way to Crawley Town and despite looking unlikely to start here, is one to look out for, possibly playing a significant role should the tie go past 90 minutes.
The visitors have a spanner to throw into the works themselves in the form of ex-County man Nathan Tyson. An early developer in reaching his footballing peak Tyson will be best known for a five year stint at Nottingham Forest before sliding town the pyramid, once blessed with blistering pace the 39-year-old will be looking to roll back the years and come back to haunt his former employers.
Given the enormity of this fixture, the goal line looked fairly generous to get on an unders play relatively close to evens.
- County have scored in eight of ten.
- County have conceded in seven of ten.
- County have seen both teams score in five of ten.
- County have seen over 2.5 goals in six of ten.
- Chesterfield have scored in seven of ten.
- Chesterfield have conceded in eight of ten.
- Chesterfield have seen both teams score in seven of ten.
- Chesterfield have seen over 2.5 goals in seven of ten.
In an evenly matched encounter, unders looks the most obvious play.