Date: 20th May 2016 at 11:30am
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Millwall boast an advantage heading into their League One play-off semi-final second leg against Bradford City on Friday night after the Lions roared to an impressive 3-1 victory at Valley Parade on Sunday.

Neil Harris’ side are firm favourites to reach the play-off final later this month at Wembley Stadium, with the victors set to face Barnsley after the Tykes swept past Walsall 6-1 on aggregate in the other semi-final match-up.

Millwall won promotion from League One via the play-offs back in 2009-10, and are looking to secure an immediate return to the Championship following their relegation this time last year.

Whereas Bradford are seeking their third successive play-off campaign in a row having won promotion via the process back in 1995-96 and 2012-13.

Having not played in the second tier of English football since 2004, that wait looks likely to continue ticking along following Phil Parkinson’s side heavy first-leg defeat at home last weekend, despite Tony McMahon (pen) firing the hosts ahead after 13 minutes.

But just moments later; Millwall’s top goalscorer Lee Gregory equalised for the visitors, before Steve Morison and Joe Martin cemented a comfortable two-goal advantage for the away outfit at the interval.

However history bodes well for the Bantams; because before this campaign, Bradford had lost their last two play-off semi-final first legs (both at home), but won the second leg, reached the final and gained promotion on both occasions.

Then again; the Lions are unbeaten in their last five matches against Bradford at The Den, winning the last four – with Parkinson’s men failing to find the back of the net in their last four league outings there.

As well as star strikers Gregory and Morison; Millwall possess an in-form goalkeeper in Jordan Archer, with Friday’s hosts only conceding one goal in their last eight League One encounters at home.

Photo: Mark Leech

Harris’ Millwall finished just one point and place above Bradford in the 2015/16 League One standings – Photo: Mark Leech / Offside.

Team News:

Lions boss Harris will run a late fitness test on top goalscorer Gregory, who was substituted in Sunday’s first-leg.

However he is definitely without right-back Mahlon Romeo (suspended), whilst fellow defender Shaun Cummings is a long-term absentee.

Meanwhile opposing manager Parkinson faces a late worry over the availability of defender Reece Burke and forward Billy Clarke, although striker James Hanson has been ruled out with a calf injury.

League Position: Millwall – 4th (81pts); Bradford – 5th (80pts)
Previous Meeting: Bradford 1-3 Millwall – May 15, 2016
Form: Millwall – LWWWWW; Bradford – DLWWWL
Key Men: Millwall – Lee Gregory; Bradford – Jamie Proctor
Shoot Says: Millwall 2-1 Bradford

 
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