Distracted by their Capital One Cup exploits, Bradford City seemed at one stage to be taking their focus off the season’s main goal of promotion from League Two.
Similarly, after they were beaten by Swansea at Wembley, the Bantams could easily have struggled to lift themselves in the league and suffered a slump in form that would have given them no chance of getting into the play-offs.
However, the defeat in the final seemed to galvanise the Valley Parade outfit and in the fifteen matches that followed they lost only twice before eventually finishing in seventh spot.
Coming into the play-offs in solid form and with a Wembley appearance already under their belts this term, Bradford are therefore Boylesports’ 5/2 favourites for promotion and they should move closer to that goal by defeating Burton in the first leg of the pair’s semi-final contest.
The Brewers finished fourth but that position was based largely on their tremendous home record while they tended to struggle on the road and that could be the key to success for Phil Parkinson’s troops, who are evens at Coral to prevail on their own patch.
Knowing how strong the Brewers are at the Pirelli Stadium, City will feel like they have to carve out a fairly emphatic triumph and it’s easy to see them going for the jugular in West Yorkshire, especially if they open the scoring.
It’s worth considering the Bantams then at 3/1 via Stan James when starting from a goal behind in the handicaps and for punters seeking hefteir odds, BetVictor post 10/1 against a 2-0 Bradford victory.
Bradford (-1) to beat Burton in the handicaps – 3/1 (Stan James)