Bradford ended the regular season strongly in League Two to sneak into the play-offs and showed real character to reach the final despite losing the first leg of their semi-final at home to Burton.
That could be why Boylesports have installed the Bantams as 6/4 favourites to come out on top at Wembley as they face Northampton, themselves with plenty of momentum having won their last three, for a place in League One.
The Cobblers are a 9/4 chance at BetVictor to come out on top in normal time but Phil Parkinson’s troops have been to the national stadium once already this term, to contest the Capital One Cup final and that experience can stand them in good stead in what will be another high-pressure occasion.
Less likely to freeze than their opponents, Bradford also have a psychological advantage over Aidy Boothroyd’s boys, who they have beaten three times this term – twice in the league and once on penalties in the FA Cup.
A narrow Bantams success is the call then and Ladbrokes make them 31/10 to sneak it by a one-goal margin. Alternatively, William Hill post 13/2 against the West Yorkshire outfit bagging the only goal, just as they did in both League Two meetings between the pair and in what should be a tense, tight affair Coral offer 5/1 about Parkinson’s charges nicking it despite going in on level terms at the interval.
Meanwhile, fresh from firing the double that ultimately sent City to Wembley again, Nakhi Wells stands out at 9/2 (Paddy Power) to notch first.