Torquay v Cheltenham latest news, odds and free bets

Torquay United came into the play-offs off the back of a five match winless run and the Gulls remained in the doldrums on Sunday after losing 2-0 to Cheltenham Town, a result that gives them a mountain to climb if they are to make the League Two play-off final

Martin Ling’s side were undone by a goal in each half at Whaddon Road and will now hope to turn the tie on its head at Plainmoor, with the bookies offering 4/1 (Stan James free bets) that they pull an iron out of the fire by qualifying for the Wembley showdown.

Torquay’s best run of the season came during January and February when they won seven matches on the spin including a 1-0 win over Cheltenham, although they could only manage a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture.

The visitors will certainly not be committing men forward for Thursday’s encounter and can be backed at 3/1 (Bet Victor bookmaker) to win the match and 5/2 (Boylesports) to keep things all square and be just one game away from League One.

Star striker Rene Howe misses the second leg after collecting an injury during Sunday’s game and that means Taiwo Atieno could be thrust into the starting XI with the Kenyan available at 13/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to score the first goal of the game.

Perhaps we should expect United to win on the evening, even if its not by the required two-goal margin and odds of 11/10 (Blue Square) are available about the Gulls.

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