WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and two each-way selections for the sponsored card at Fontwell Park on Wednesday 20th October
Gateshead FC overcame the odds to defeat Brackley Town on Sunday to book a place in the Vanarama National League North play-off semi-final.
Gateshead had beaten Brackley Town 2-0 earlier in the season but went into Sunday’s playoff game as underdogs with bookies pricing Mike Williamson’s side at odds of over 2/1.
After a relatively quiet first half, Gateshead’s Jake Cooper found the net with a back-post header in the 5th minute of first-half injury time. However, Gateshead’s lead lasted only the length of half time after Brackley Town’s Shane Byrne scored a spectacular goal from the half-way line straight from kick-off.
After the second half produced no goals, the match would be decided on penalties and it despite Nicky Deverdics and Jordan Preston failing to convert from the spot, it was Gateshead who emerged triumphant and booked their spot in the semi-finals.
In the next round, which is due to be played on Saturday 25th July at 17:30, Gateshead will meet Boston United who finished in 4th position in the league, collecting six points more than Gateshead, although having played an extra game before league matches were suspended back in March.
Gateshead have met Boston United three times previously over the years and have won on all occasions. The last two meetings between the two sides have resulted in 3-0 victories for Gateshead but despite this, they again go into Saturday’s match as underdogs.
At the time of writing, online bookmaker Betfred are offering the best odds on a Gateshead win at 19/10 whereas Boston United can be backed at odds of 5/4 with Betfred and several other bookies.
As well as the match winner market, bookmakers will be providing odds for several other markets such as the correct score, both teams to score, over/under goal markets, half-time/full-time, double chance and draw no bet.
If you think history will repeat itself and Gateshead will defeat Boston United 3-0 for the third time in a row, you can get tasty odds of 30/1 at Betfair for Mike Williamson’s side to do just that.
|Boston Utd 1-0||7||6||6||6|
|Boston Utd 2-0||10||17/2||17/2||9|
|Boston Utd 2-1||17/2||7||7||7|
|Boston Utd 3-0||20||18||18||18|
|Boston Utd 3-1||18||14||14||14|
|Boston Utd 3-2||28||20||20||20|
|Boston Utd 4-0||40||55||55||40|
|Boston Utd 4-1||40||40||40||33|
|Boston Utd 4-2||50||66||66||50|
|Boston Utd 4-3||100||100||100||80|
The Gateshead v Boston United semi-final playoff is available to be streamed live via online website Sportradar. Passes for the game cost £5.99 and can be purchased here.
The winner of Saturday’s match will play either York or Altrincham who also meet on Saturday at a slightly earlier kick-off time of 15:00.
Since narrowly beating Brackley Town on Sunday, Gateshead’s odds on getting promoted have dramatically shortened and they can now be backed at odds of 4/1 behind Altrincham (7/2), Saturday’s opponents Boston United (5/2) and favourites York City (6/4).