The unique nature of the National League play-offs makes them one of the most exciting set of fixtures in the English football calendar and it would be remiss of Andy’s Bet Club not to bring you guidance on how the National League play-offs work and the best betting odds too.
In this betting bible, we will bring you the key data from the last five seasons of National play-off action to save you time and provide some of our own betting odds to get you started. And if you want more information at your disposal, including betting packs just like this one, head to our home page here at Andy’s Bet Club.
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How do the National League Play-Offs work?
For the 2017-18 campaign, the National League made changes to the play-off structure to include six teams rather than four. This means that teams that finish 6th and 7th also have an opportunity to win promotion.
There are two core ideas behind the change. Firstly, one-off ties are more exciting with both sides having to play to win, rather than enduring cagey first legs to leave yourself in a good position for the second.
Secondly, it provides a bigger advantage for the sides that finish higher in the league table with 2nd and 3rd having home advantage in their semi-final while 4th and 5th having home advantage in their eliminator and play away if they make the semis. The teams that finish 6th and 7th have to win two away matches to reach the final. This year, the league has reverted to playing the eliminators in midweek, extending the advantage to the sides finishing 2nd and 3rd as the sides below them have less rest time ahead of the semi-finals – the two years this was in place saw 2nd and 3rd each win a play-off final each.
What’s the National League Play-Off schedule?
Notts County v Chesterfield
National League Play-Off Final 2023
Predicting who reaches the play-off final is difficult.
Notts County and Chesterfield are rightly favourites but with the former drawing three of five home matches against fellow play-off contenders and the latter facing a Bromley side in great form, we should expect the unexpected – it’s what makes the National League play-offs so exciting.
One thing to watch out for is that in four of the finals that have taken place since the play-off format changed, both teams have scored.
Both teams have scored in over 60% of Notts County, Chesterfield and Bromley matches this season, so it’s definitely a bet worth backing for the final.
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