Bradford v Millwall: Expect Wembley clash to go down to the wire

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The past three meetings between Bradford City and Millwall have ended in 1-1 draws. Something has to give as the pair meet in the League One play-off Final, but will it be Bantams fans or the Lions faithful celebrating Wembley glory?

With the sides so well-matched in recent encounters, we certainly think it’ll be a close-run thing.

That means the 11/5 for a draw after 90 minutes looks the best option in the match betting, with our traders unable to split the sides, each of whom are 17/10 shots to secure promotion in normal time.

But with so little separating the sides, the best value could lie elsewhere.

With all of the pair’s recent draws ending 1-1, the 5/1 for a repeat of that result looks like good value. However, with each of the last four League One Finals producing exactly four goals in normal time, the 7/2 on offer for Over 3.5 goals could prove tempting.

There are some tempting options in the goalscorer markets, as well.

Millwall’s Steve Morison netted twice in their 3-2 away win at Scunthorpe United, which secured a Wembley berth. He’s 21/10 to score anytime, while 11/2 says he’s the Last Goalscorer for the 10th time this season.

Meanwhile, for Bradford, Alex Jones has found the net in five of his last 12 outings, and there’s 13/5 about him adding to his tally on the big stage.

Finally, if you’re looking for a plausible long shot, we like the 16/1 for Stuart McCall’s men to come from behind and win.

Of the Bantams’ 46 league games, they came from behind to draw or win in 15 of them (a whopping 32% of matches). So at double-figure odds, a comeback triumph looks well worth a flutter.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.