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National League play-offs preview: Quartet facing make-or-break week

The National League play-offs begin this midweek with two quarter-final ties taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday.

Barnet, Boreham Wood, Woking and Bromley all have the same goal to reach the Football League, but that dream will come to an end for two of those teams following the midweek action.

Tuesday sees Barnet, who finished the regular season in fifth, entertain the side that came in a place and two points below them, Boreham Wood, at The Hive Stadium.

Wednesday signals the turn of this season's surprise packages, Woking, when they play host to Bromley.

The winner of the Barnet v Boreham Wood tie will face the daunting prospect of taking on Notts County in the semi-finals this Sunday, while Chesterfield await either Woking or Bromley on the same day.

Barnet to edge past The Wood

WhatBarnet v Boreham Wood
WhereThe Hive Stadium, Canons Park
When19:45, Tuesday 2nd May
How to watchBT Sport 1 and Ultimate
OddsBarnet 6/4, Draw 23/10, Boreham Wood 8/5

Barnet's place in the play-offs has been secure for some time, but their form heading into the season finale has been patchy to say the least.

They won just one of their final eight matches of the regular season.

In contrast, Boreham Wood had to wait until the final day of the season to secure their play-off berth, as they edged past already-relegated Yeovil Town 1-0 on home turf.

That is one of just three wins The Wood have claimed across their last 10 matches, meaning both teams will head into Tuesday's pivotal contest at The Hive with questions over their form.

Home advantage means Barnet should start the match as favourites, as they are 6/4 in the Full Time Result market, especially as they have only lost one of their last six on home soil.

The Bees also have a striker in form in Nicke Kabamba, who has struck 19 times in the National League this season and he was wrapped up in cotton wool for this game after being an unused substitute for Saturday's defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Barnet are also unbeaten in their last four meetings with Boreham Wood, triumphing in the previous two at The Hive by a one-goal margin and they are 10/3 to win Tuesday's contest by a solitary goal.

The winner of the tie will head to Meadow Lane to take on Notts County in the semi-finals, a daunting prospect for both given the Magpies collected an unprecedented 107 points during the regular season - a tally that still wasn't enough to see them secure automatic promotion.

That is perhaps why Barnet (20/1) and Boreham Wood (25/1) are seen as outsiders to go on and claim promotion to the Football League.

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Bromley could shock Woking

WhatWoking v Bromley 
WhereLaithwaite Community Stadium, Woking
When19:45, Wednesday 3rd May
How to watchBT Sport 1 and Ultimate
OddsWoking 19/20, Draw 9/4, Bromley 14/5

Wednesday's play-off quarter-final involves two teams that have never made it to the EFL before, with Woking, who ended the season in fourth place, set to entertain a Bromley side who finished the regular campaign in red-hot form.

Woking have been the surprise package in the National League during 2022/2023, claiming their highest finish in the division for a quarter of a century, with players such as Rhys Browne and the evergreen Padraig Amond catching the eye.

That has left the Cards 9/1 To be Promoted and 19/20 to beat Bromley at the Laithwaite Community Stadium this midweek, an outcome they will be hopeful of achieving given they did the double over the Ravens during the regular season.

However, Bromley are a team in form, as they are unbeaten in their last nine matches, winning five of those games.

That run that includes a victory over Chesterfield - the team they could potentially face in the play-off semi-finals.

Bromley are 14/5 to beat Woking in the Full Time Result market and they are 25/1 To Be Promoted come the end of the play-offs.

Andy Woodman's side are certainly seen as outsiders, but they cannot be completely written off as the National League season looks set to reach a thrilling conclusion.

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