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Rupert Wyman 22nd May 2009 - 14:54

Iron to have too much steel for Millwall

Scunthorpe make the long trip to London to face Millwall at Wembley in the League 1 play-off final on Sunday. The Iron started the play-offs as the 7/2 outsiders of the four semi-finalists but they should have enough to overcome Millwall and make an immediate return to the Championship.

Scunny scraped past MK Dons in the semi-finals by the most dramatic way possible with a 7-6 penalty shoot-out win after Tore Andre Flo missed for the Dons.

Nigel Adkins' side will be in confident mood after their shoot-out victory and they can make the 2/1 about a 90 minute victory look great value.

Scunthorpe will be further boosted by the return of star striker Gary Hooper from injury. Hooper netted 30 times for Scunthorpe this season and he is 2/1 to score within 90 minutes at Wembley. This price will be a steal if he can find his best form following his groin injury.

Success on Sunday for Scunny will likely see Hooper remain at Glanford Park. But staying in League 1 could result in last summer's bargain £175,000 purchase depart the club.

You can get 7/5 about a 90 minute win for Millwall. The Lions roared when they sneaked a draw against play-off favourites Leeds at Elland Road to seal their final place. But Millwall were very lucky to escape with a draw after their 1-0 first leg success at the New Den.

Another draw for Kenny Jackett's side can be backed at 11/5. The Lions are favourites to win the play-offs at 8/11 with their opponents at evens.

Millwall lack the firepower that Scunthorpe possess with Hooper and his strike-partner Paul Hayes. Scunny scored 82 league goals compared with Millwall's 63. This could be the crucial factor come the final.

Although if Hooper and Hayes are going to have any joy they will need get past Millwall's formidable centre-back Zak Whitbread. The big defender was down injured at Elland Road with a serious looking injury but he resumed playing and led the back-line admirably.

If Millwall's strikers are going to get on the scoresheet they will need left winger David Martin to be on the top of his game. Martin put in a terrific ball for Nadjim "Jimmy" Abdou's equaliser against Leeds and the Frenchman is priced at 7/1 to score against Scunthorpe.

However, Millwall can count themselves to be rather lucky to be in the final and their fortune could well run out at Wembley in front of tens of thousands of Lions fans. The London club will no doubt have many more fans than their northern counterparts but Scunthorpe's players should more than make up for that with their performance on the pitch.

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