Bradford v Fleetwood - Thursday 19:45, Sky Sports 1
Stuart McCall made nine changes for the trip to Rochdale last weekend, so his team should have plenty of legs, but they’ve been slow out of the blocks in each of their last two play-off campaigns - trailing 3-1 at the break to Burton (2013) and Millwall (2016) respectively - so take the 4/1 available on Fleetwood to be ahead at half time.
Whether those poor starts had anything to do with Phil Parkinson’s managerial style or were simply the product of crippling expectation in front of a big Valley Parade crowd, it’s hard to say for sure. But we should expect Fleetwood to revel in the freedom of being underdogs at the outset and Uwe Rosler to have devised a cunning game plan.
The German is arguably the shrewdest pre-game tactician in the division, a claim supported by Fleetwood’s chart-topping first-half record during the regular season. They were ahead after 45 minutes in 21 of their 46 matches, including 10 out of 23 on the road. And they broke the deadlock in their away games against Bolton, Sheffield United, Scunthorpe and Bradford.
However, the fact that Bradford went the entire season unbeaten on home soil should also be respected and the Fleetwood/Draw half time/full time bet also looks a decent play at 18/1. The away team scored first only to lose 2-1 when these two sides met in September and February. This time the turnaround might not be complete, simply because there’s another 90 minutes play.Bet £10 get £20!