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Nic Ladds 16th May 2010 - 15:11

The Lions set to roar their way to Wembley

After failing to see off the tie off at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield now have a mountain to climb to maintain their dreams of a place in The Championship as they now have to enter the Lions' Den to take on Millwall.

The first leg of this play-off semi-final ended in a disappointing 0-0 (17/2) stalemate after so much potential pre-match. With Huddersfield's home form so strong they really needed to see off the tie on Saturday and now Millwall sit firmly in the driving seat on the way to the final.

In the end, Huddersfield were actually lucky to come away with a draw after Millwall had two big penalty appeals turned down.

The free-scoring Terriers will always create chances though but they will certainly need to take their shooting boots to London as Millwall conceded just 15 goals in 23 matches at home all season - a joint league low.

At 5/6, Millwall do look a good price. They lost just one match at home all season, scoring the joint most and conceding the joint least, it really is a fortress. The Lions also beat Huddersfield at home when these sides met in the league, 3-1 the final score (14/1).

Huddersfield (10/3) should never be written off though; Lee Clark has really instilled a sense of belief in the troops. Their away form was not exactly amazing in the league but as has been proven in play-off matches so far, form and history does seem to go out of the window, making my job a lot harder!

After four seasons of obscurity in League One, I just feel the time is right for Millwall to finally make it back to England's second-tier.

As away goals do not count, all Millwall need is a 90 minute, home win over a Huddersfield side that aren't that good away from home and they set up a Wembley appearance against either Charlton or Swindon.

Millwall should have top-scorer Stephen Morison (7/2 first) back to full fitness, although he managed to play in the first-leg he was coming back from injury and looked a bit lacking. With 22 goals this season, he will be vital if they are to get a huge goal.

Although they fired a blank in the first leg, there is still a lot of firepower in Huddersfield's side. Rhodes (13/2 first) has 23 goals this season plus Novak and Robinson (both 8/1 first) are well in to double figures for the campaign.

After seeing the battling performance of Kenny Jackett's men on Saturday I feel they have the squad with experience, quality and desire to advance to the final.

With both sides possessing players with a scoring threat, there could be goals here. Over three match goals looks a tasty price at 11/4 but I would also bet on Millwall 2-1 at 7/1 to cover myself.

 

 
 
 

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