League One Play-Off Final Preview
Tuesday 16 May 10:26 Tweet
Millwall make their second trip to Wembley in the space of a year as they contest yet another League One Play-Off final. Millwall were swept aside by Barnsley in the Play-Off final last season losing 3-1, with the tie essentially over within the first 20 minutes as Barnsley took a 2-0 lead.
Neil Harris hopes the pain of losing to Barnsley 12 months ago will stand them in good stead to go one better against Bradford on Saturday afternoon.
It will be a tough game - Bradford are a good footballing side and they will rise to the occasion as well. It will be a great advert for this level. We've had two closely-fought games against them and i'm sure this will be another close encounter and we'll lean on our experience of last year to help get us through.
Both league meetings between the two sides have ended 1-1 this season, while the Play-Off 2nd leg tie last year ended in a draw but Millwall progressed to the Play-Off Final after winning the first leg at Bradford 3-1.
Millwall needed to win at Bristol Rovers on the last day of the season to guarantee a Play-Off place. The Memorial Ground is an incredibly tough place to go and secure a Play-Off spot, Bristol Rovers won 13 of their 22 home games, losing just three before their last day defeat against Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson's goal with five minutes to go secured a superb 4-3 win as they progressed to a Play-Off semi-final tie against Scunthorpe United.
The Lions drew the first leg 0-0 against Scunthorpe United but two goals in six minutes in the second leg at Glandford Park from Lee Gregory and Steve Morison guaranteed route to the Play-Off final against the team they conquered in last year's Play-Off semi-final ties.
Bradford City finished six points above Millwall this season, boasting a superior goal difference compared to the Lions. While the Bantams have made the Play-Offs for the second consecutive season, they are a side who struggle to see out games, drawing 19 of their 46 league games - the most amount of games drawn in the top four divisions of English football.
The Bantams went unbeaten in the league at Valley Parade but drew 12 games and won 11, they could have contested for automatic promotion had they turned some of those draws into wins. Bradford City went unbeaten at the start of the season, but drew six of their opening nine league games, including five draws in a row. While Bradford can show they are a tough side to beat, their draws stopped momentum and that was shown again in November and December, going five without a win, drawing four in a row.
We can see this being another tightly-contested game between two sides who have played out three draws in their last three meetings. All three head-to-head games finished 1-1 (11/2 at betway), we fancy this to be the scoreline with it going all the way to penalties at Wembley. Who will be the penalty shootout hero? We're backing big Steve Morison to be the man (Millwall 10/1 to win via penalty shootout at bet365).