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With the League One season reaching it’s conclusion tomorrow, Bradford and Millwall will battle it out on Saturday for a place in the Championship. Both won their playoff semi finals against Fleetwood and Scunthorpe respectively, and both will now have their sights set on playing in a division higher next season.
With both teams having reached the play-offs last season, one of the key factors for both clubs has been the retention of key players. Steve Morison has been excellent for Millwall again this season, and his experience has shown in the playoffs this season, netting two and creating another in Millwall’s 3-2 win. Keeping hold of Byron Webster has also been vital; the towering defender has been almost ever-present for the Lions since moving from Yeovil.
For Bradford, despite the loss of talismanic forward James Hanson, they have still been successful, and the performances of Josh Cullen and Mark Marshall have certainly caught the eye this season. Marshall won Player of the Year at Bradford this season, and his pace and delivery on crosses will surely be important.
Home backing and experience
Both these teams have been better at home than away this season, with Bradford unbeaten at home since March 2016. But with the final being at Wembley, it will being interesting to see which team adapts better on the day. Yet experience of the occasion could also prove important, with both Millwall and Bradford having played at the national stadium in recent years.