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Torquay vs Shrewsbury – Defenders to star in play-off

| 14.05.2011

Shrewsbury mat be the 9/4 favourites to win the League Two play-offs but they face a difficult tie at Plainmoor on Saturday.

Torquay may have scraped their way into the play-offs but they battered Shrewsbury 5-0 at home in March and Paul Buckle’s side can upset the play-off odds with by continuing their strong home form.

Match Odds

Torquay are unbeaten in 11 home games while Shrewsbury haven’t taken three points from Plainmoor in eight outings, and the Gulls are 11/8 to win their play-off first leg on Saturday.

In six of their last seven home league games Torquay have kept a clean sheet while Shrewsbury are on a five-match clean sheet run suggesting we’re in for a stalemate and the draw is priced at 11/5.

Shrewsbury are the strongest team in the play-offs and are 2/1 to take a lead back to Greenhous Meadow, but considering Torquay’s last three home games have all finished 0-0, punters should take the 7/1 for another 0-0 stalemate.

Total Goals

Torquay will take heart from the 5-0 win in March but the way the season ended for both teams it’s difficult to see Torquay repeating that scoreline and it’s 100/1 that they do so.

The defences of both sides are so strong that the banker of the weekend has to be under 2.5 goals at 8/11.

Shrewsbury come into the game with all the momentum but Graham Turner will be happy to see his side take a clean sheet back to the Meadow for the second leg and the Shrews are 9/4 to keep a clean sheet.

Torquay are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet while a draw at half-time and a draw at full-time is priced at 7/2.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.