National League drama for the Predicta comp

Goal celebrations for Connor Lemonheigh-Evans of Torquay United during the National League match bet

Goal celebrations for Connor Lemonheigh-Evans of Torquay United during the National League match between Torquay United and Notts County at Plainmoor Torquay, Devon on Saturday 24h April 2021 - PHOTO: Dave Crawford/PPAUK - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

The Torbay Weekly Predicta competition embraces another crucial weekend in the enthralling race for promotion into the Football League. 
We start, however, with two Premier League encounters, and a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City travel to Crystal Palace for the Saturday lunchtime fixture. 
It is a London derby at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea could effectively end the Premier League journey for Scott Parker’s Fulham side. 
On to the National League, and Torquay United are at home again, this time welcoming a dangerous Eastleigh outfit to Plainmoor. 
In the evening televised game, Hartlepool will know they must pick up three points at home to Chesterfield, who are scrapping hard to join the play-off party. 
Sutton United are at home to an Aldershot side stuck in mid-table but not without hope of making the play-offs, if they can put together a consistent run of form. 
Halifax at home to Stockport will be another promotion showdown and a cracking weekend of football. 
Can you beat chief sportswriter Dave Thomas? 
CRYSTAL PALACE v MANCHESTER CITY -  City win 3-0 
It needs a real off-day to lower City's colours at the moment, and it won't be here. 
CHELSEA v FULHAM - Chelsea win 2-1 
With an extra day after Real Madrid CL-tie, Chelsea should win, but maybe only just. 
TORQUAY UTD v EASTLEIGH - A draw 1-1 
Relentless schedule is taking its toll, so expect a slog against big, strong Eastleigh. 
SUTTON UTD v ALDERSHOT TOWN - Sutton win 2-1 
All getting a bit nervy at the top now, but Sutton should edge hot-and-cold Shots. 
HARTLEPOOL UTD v CHESTERFIELD -  A draw 0-0 
So much at stake for both sides, neither can afford to lose, so a draw is the best bet. 
FC HALIFAX TOWN v STOCKPORT CO - A draw 1-1 
'Ditto' above - much hangs on who scores first, but County will find Town hard to crack. 
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