FOOTBALL BETTING: Live on Skysports2: Sun 15.00: Kenny Jackett can guide Millwall into the Championship against Swindon in the League 1 Playoff Final at Wembley.
While Millwall’s experience in losing last year’s play-off final may prove to be helpful as they seek to go one better this time around, Lions boss Kenny Jackett rightly believes that ‘good play’ ultimately wins football matches and with his side in good shape having nullified the attacking threat of Huddersfield over two legs; it’s Millwall at 4/7 with Paddy Power that should claim promotion from League One at the expense of Swindon.
The Lions are a tasty 6/5 (Stan James) to secure a place in the Championship in normal time and although all signs point to a tight affair, in particular the resilience shown by the Robins in the second leg at Charlton, when they survived the dismissal of their skipper and grabbed a crucial goal with ten men; the stubborn Lions should be narrowly ahead as the final whistle sounds.
A triumph for Jackett’s charges by a one-goal margin after 90 minutes is 14/5 courtesy of Partybets. Ambitious punters, especially those that saw Blackpool sneak the Championship play-off final 3-2, should consider risking a quid on the Lions to follow suit at 28/1 (bet365) given that they defeated Swindon by that exact scoreline just three weeks ago and were on the wrong end of the same result in last year’s final.
Steve Morison, on target twice in the pair’s recent league contest and scorer of the opener against Huddersfield in the second leg of Millwall’s semi-final, is a player to follow in Saturday’s Wembley showdown. The in-form Lions marksman has struck a dozen times in his last 15 appearances and has to be fancied to find the net again (15/8, Coral), meanwhile, for the bold, the former Stevenage striker is 9/2 with 888Sport to break the deadlock.