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Both ties are still all to play for in the Sky bet League One play-offs as four sides bid to make it into the final at Wembley Stadium later in the month. It will be tense, players will be celebrating and players will be heartbroken later on Sunday, but who? Read on to work it out for yourself!

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Fleetwood have work to do if they are to head to the capital later on. The Cod Army are 1-0 down from the first leg at Bradford thanks to Rory McArdle’s second half header giving the Bantams the narrow advantage heading into this one.

At home, however, the hosts are pretty decent – losing just three games domestically all campaign. They will need to earn a win inside the 90 minutes to stand any chance, and an early Bradford goal could really put the tie out of reach – after all, Stuart McCall’s side have only conceded almost one goal per away game on average this season.

Uwe Rosler does have experience of the play-offs, though, and back in 2013 took Brentford to the Final (where they lost to Yeovil Town). He knows what it takes to get there and will hope to pass that knowledge onto his players, with a number of his squad having never been in this situation before. Cian Bolger, however, won promotion via the League Two play-offs with Southend a couple of seasons back, whilst fellow defenders Conor McLaughlin and Nathan Pond have done similar to Bolger in their time at Fleetwood. This could well be Rosler’s final game in charge, with reports linking the German with the vacant managerial position at Championship side Norwich City.

What We Sayin’?

We fancy Bradford to score. They’ve scored in 24 of their last 25 games, but did lost 2-1 at Fleetwood earlier in the campaign. We’ll edge with a closely fought 1-1 draw at 19/4, which will ultimately send McCall’s men to Wembley.




Millwall reached the Final last season and will be hoping to go one step further this time around, however, before they look that far ahead, they’ll have to find a way past Scunthorpe in this second leg, with no team holding the advantage following a 0-0 result at the Den last week.

Millwall supporters are always expectant of their team, but take on an Iron side who are so strong at home. They’ve the second best record in the league at Glanford Park, losing only three times all campaign and scoring the second-highest amount of goals in the whole of League One – even scoring more than ex-Iron man Billy Sharp’s Sheffield United have on their own patch.

One of these teams will have to grab the bull by the horns at some point in the match and we’re certain this will be a tight, tactical affair. This is so difficult to call, but we’re perhaps edging with Graham Alexander’s hosts due to their impressive form at home.

What We Sayin’?

Crikey – this is the problem with writing a play-off blog; it can really go either way. One moment, a piece of magic could get the job done for either side in this one. We’re perhaps just about siding with Scunthorpe but we fancy goals in this one, so BTTS and a Scunthorpe win at 19/4 would be our tip. 

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