Mike Holden has two bets for Saturday's League One play-off final at Wembley.
Bradford v Millwall - Saturday 15:00, Sky Sports 1
There’s been a stark contrast in the local media coverage ahead of this clash, setting a difference in tone that might only be further evident in their respective performances. For Bradford, every headline contains the word Wembley, the sense of occasion is palpable. With Millwall, though, you get the impression this is just another game - albeit one with promotion at stake.
The Lions, of course, were losing finalists last season. And with Neil Harris able to call upon eight survivors from the team that were mauled 3-1 by a rampant Barnsley side 12 months ago, he surely has a slight but nonetheless distinct advantage. For the supporters, this will be their fifth trip across the capital to national stadium inside nine years.
Several Millwall players went on a tour round Wembley earlier this week, taking advantage of favourable geography to get any lingering concern about the surroundings out of their system. It was a casual gathering that didn’t include Steve Morison, Tony Craig or Jimmy Abdou, all of whom were play-off winners in 2010 and two of whom were part of the 2009 final defeat to Scunthorpe.
In short, these two teams are very evenly matched but the circumstantial factors in Millwall’s favour might just be enough for them to stay utterly focused and eke out the one moment of inspiration in an otherwise tight encounter. Back the Draw/Millwall half time/full time bet at 11/2 and stick a point on the Millwall 1-0 correct score at 13/2.