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Play-Off preview | Bradford City v Millwall

13 May 2016

All you need to know about Sunday's game

Millwall will be looking to kick off the first leg of the League One Play-Off semi-finals with a solid and organised display at Bradford City on Sunday (12.15pm).

The Lions, who finished fourth in the League One table, have rediscovered that winning feeling on the road and are targeting a third straight away victory against a Bantams team that finished the domestic campaign one place below in fifth spot.

Neil Harris' charges have won their last four League games, including consecutive away wins over Bury (3-1) and Gillingham (2-1) - although Bradford have hit a rich vein of form on home soil and are aiming for an eighth successive win at the Coral Windows Stadium. The last time The Bantams enjoyed a run of seven victories on the spin was back in 1968.

The two teams will meet in the second leg at The Den on Friday 20th May (7.45pm).

What the managers say

Phil Parkinson: ""Millwall are a good side because they have been up there all season – but so are we.

"We had some targets, to get 80 points for the first time since 1999 and to win seven home league games on the trot.

"That’s the first time the club have done that in nearly 50 years and that’s a fantastic achievement from the lads.

"We have worked really hard this season to get to this 80-point mark. Look at when Gillingham beat us. The turnaround of points from us to where Gillingham are now – it’s been one almighty effort.

"All that work has gone in – now the real business starts. We really can't wait for it."

Neil Harris: "Our fans will make a lot of noise up there and my players are really looking forward to it.

"The rapport between the players and fans is massively important.

"Our supporters will make a lot of noise up there and the players are all really looking forward to it.

"All the teams involved are in good form and have proved they are worthy contenders. We are all extremely evenly matched.

"We have come a long way this year and now we have the chance to do something special.

"However we have not achieved anything yet. We have three games to prove we are worthy of promotion."

Team news

Bradford City striker Billy Clarke is a doubt after sustaining a fractured cheekbone during Sunday's 2-0 home win over Chesterfield.

Despite having surgery on Tuesday the Bantams frontman could still possibly feature, but wearing a protective mask.

Bantams manager Phil Parkinson will be boosted by the return of fellow forward Steven Davies for the Play-Offs after the 28-year-old completed a three-match ban at the weekend.

Millwall, meanwhile, will be without defender Mahlon Romeo, who starts a three-game suspension following his sending off against Gillingham last weekend. That could mean Carlos Edwards, Sid Nelson, Tony Craig or Jimmy Abdou slotting in to fill the vacant right-back berth.

Top scorer Lee Gregory, who grabbed a 98th-minute winner from the penalty spot after coming on as a sub at Gillingham last Sunday, will be assessed prior to kick-off.

Shaun Cummings (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Head-to-head

Sunday's game will be the 42nd encounter between The Lions and Bantams. Millwall edge the stats with 16 wins in the previous 41 outings, with 15 games drawn and Bradford victorious on the other 10 occasions.

However, in recent meetings, especially away from The Den, it has proved slim pickings for The Lions who have lost three and drawn two of their five previous trips to West Yorkshire.

Millwall's last success at Valley Parade came back in April 2003 when Neil Harris grabbed a last-minute winner to secure a second 1-0 success against The Bantams during the 2002/3 campaign. Chopper had also scored the only goal of the game when the teams locked horns at The Den the previous November.

Information for Lions fans travelling to Bradford

We have received a comprehensive info pack from Bradford City for all supporters visiting the Coral Windows Stadium on Sunday which can be read in full here.

Betting

Sky Bet have Lee Gregory, who scored that dramatic 98th-minute winner at Gillingham on Sunday, at 5/1 to score first or last against Bradford, with skipper Steve Morison 11/2 first or last and 2/1 to score any time.

Former Lion Filipe Morais is 8/1 to score first or last against his old team with James Hanson and Jamie Proctor both priced at 11/2 or 2/1 to score any time.

Sky Bet are offering all sorts of specials such as Gregory and Proctor to both score (17/2), time of first goal, both teams to score in the first half (9/2) and last team to score (Bradford 1/1 and Millwall 11/10).

For a wide range of betting odds look no further than Sky Bet by clicking on the link here

Coverage

For those not able to make the trip to the Coral Windows Stadium on Sunday there will, as always, be full match commentary available to Lions PlayerHD subscribers.

On this occasion, however, it will be brought to you by our friends at BBC London where Phil Parry and Steve Brown will ensure you won't miss a kick.

Normal service will resume for the second leg at The Den next Friday when Deano Standing, Terry Smedley and Sam Brown will be back on the mic as Millwall look to secure a passage through to the Play-Off Final.

Regular updates will also be available via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.




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