Millwall vs Bradford by ScandinavianSR

Bradford was so close to an automatic promotion to the Championships. However, the 1:1 failure at New Meadow facing Shrewsbury and the 1-0 defeat against Coventry had its consequences, and consequently they were forced to take part in the playoff semi-finals against The Lions from Millwall, a team that has been ranked as the 39th most successful club in English football.



At May 15th The Bantams welcomed The Lions at Valley Parade for the third time in over a year. Just 13 minutes after kickoff Bradford is in the lead as it hits the hand of Martin to concede the penalty and McMahon (Bradford) scores. Just two minutes after Gregory (Millwall) scores. Both teams had many chances, but just 20 minutes after Millwall gets in the lead with Morison making an unmarked header that lets the ball fly right into the back of the net. Just ten minutes after Millwall score once again with one beauty of a free kick into the top right corner by Martin J. Even though four goals were scored in the first half none were scored in the second. The home team dominated the second half, but the guests defended brilliantly. The guests has beaten The Bantams, and definitely has something to hold onto in the second leg of the playoff semi-finals.



Let me just note that Joe Cullen and Reece Burke are both still on-loan from West Ham.



Millwall has scored an impressive amount of seventeen goals in just seven fixtures, and they've even won six out of those seven. Bradford has only scored ten goals in their last seven fixtures, and they've only won three of them. Millwall has with no doubt been one of the favourites to promoting to the Championships, but can they hold onto the lead of the first leg?



Millwall are 2.45 to win and it will be a tough challenge facing Bradford's mean defence. Neither of these two teams like conceding goals. The hosts can defend, and eleven clean sheets at home certainly backs that up. 13/23 games in the southern part of London have ended with under 2.5 goals in this season of League One. Bradford has only scored 23 goals in their 23 away fixtures while Millwall scored 34 goals at home.



At the end of the day, a draw between these two struggling teams at a 3.50 is truly pleasing and appealing to my senses, but on the other hand, the away team has to score in their second leg of the playoff semi-finals to continue having the chances of a promotion into the Championships. While I would love to go and recommend a 1-goal margin to the away team, the draw looks just as good. Still and all, I'm going to back Under 2.5
Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Under 2.5 goals Unibet 1.77 8 1-1 WON (+6.16 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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