Predictions

Championship abound

 

Bradford and Millwall will go head to head for a place in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

 

Both teams have been in the second tier before: Bradford in 2004 and Millwall in 2014-15

 

Recent meetings between these sides have often been tight yet thrilling, making this probably one of the strongest play off finals in years.

 

By full time, who will in the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship?

 

Team News

 

Bantams boss, Stuart McCall has no new injury worries so expects to start the same squad that beat Fleetwood to get to Wembley.

 

Millwall themselves are also without any squad concerns making the match look evenly matched, before a ball has even been kicked.

 

Attack attack attack!!!!

 

The attacking options possessed by these finalists is so immense, hopefully we will see a proper final with lot of goals.

 

Bradford’s strike force trio (Jordy Hiwula, Charlie Wyke and Billy Clarke) have amassed 23 goals between them this season. That is excellent considering that Wyke only arrived at Valley Parade at end of January.

 

Millwall’s Lions have however been roaring like a fully boiled cauldron all season long.

 

Between Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien, they have netted nearly half a century of goals in just nine months excluding their midfield and defence. They also have 17 assists, which is seven more than what Bradford’s frontline have managed (10).

 

Down to final moment 

 

This play off final isn’t the final that I wanted.

 

Bradford have been a slight favourite of mine since their exploits in the 2012-13 League Cup. Millwall got Lee Gregory, who is a huge favourite of my mum’s purely because he tend to score every other week or so when she’s watching Soccer Saturday.

 

Six of their last nine meetings in all competitions have finished in draws so expect a proper battle till the end. Hopefully the ending will be just as dramatic as that of the League Two play off semi finals recently.

 

Ominous omens

 

History however is against both sides.

 

Should Bradford win, they will become the first side to convert a fifth place League One finish into promotion since 2006. Last season’s play offs winner, Barnsley were the last side to do that 11 years ago.

 

Millwall will be confident after Barnsley finished sixth last season  before winning at Wembley. The bad news is that the sixth placed side haven’t won promotion via play offs in consecutive season since 1997.

 

Looking at play off records alone, the Bantams have been promoted in each of their play off campaigns. The Lions however have reached the final in their last four play off appearances with just one victory.

 

Prediction

 

I really cannot split these sides and won’t be surprised if extra time is required here.

 

Given how evenly matched these sides are, I am going to stick my neck out and predict this going all the way to sudden death penalties.

 

Bradford have been strong in penalty shootouts this decade at the expense of Millwall, who haven’t been involved in a shootout for nearly five years.

 

The Lions lost that shootout to Crawley Town in the 2012-13 League Cup first round. They have however been involved in a few periods of extra time since but lost on each occasion.

 

If we do go beyond the ninety, Millwall need to avoid those stats eating away at their confidence, if want a return to the second tier of English Football.

 

Prediction: Bradford 1-1 Millwall (Bradford win on sudden death penalties)

Result: Bradford 0-1 Millwall

 

Millwall are PROMOTED!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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