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Nic Ladds 14th May 2010 - 14:36

The Terriers need a dogged performance against the Lions

Millwall will be determined to finally secure their place back in The Championship after so narrowly missing out on the automatic promotion spot. Standing in their way is a Huddersfield side that not many would have expected to do so well but are fully deserving of their play-off berth.

Lee Clarke's Huddersfield (13/10) slightly edge the betting, and rightly so. They have one of the best home records in the whole league, losing just one match all season which propelled them to sixth in the league.

Their away form is not great so if they want a realistic chance of advancing to the final, they must get a good result in this match.

Millwall (7/4) finished just one point and one place off Leeds and ended up third. Their haul of 85 points was certainly impressive but they do leak a fair few goals with just one clean sheet in eight matches.

However Millwall keep on getting the results and with 10 wins, 3 draws and just 2 defeats in their last 15 matches, they will certainly fancy their chances of getting a result and putting one foot in the final against either Swindon or Charlton.

Huddersfield have really been formidable at home though and I do think they could edge this first leg match. Especially as they beat Millwall 1-0 (6/1 for a repeat) at home just last month the Terriers know they have the pedigree to beat them.

Millwall have been unlucky in the play-offs, in six attempts they have lost in the semi-final stage four times and the final once.

Huddersfield are the top scoring team out of all the others competing in the play-offs with 82 league goals this season. With Jordan Rhodes up front they possess a real threat as he has 19 goals this season and is 5/1 to score first.

Millwall's top scorer Steve Morison is struggling for fitness after suffering a dead leg against Swindon on the final day of the season which is a real boost to Huddersfield's hopes.  Without him, Millwall will be relying fully on Neil Harris for goals and he is 5/1 to score first.

Lee Clark has almost a full-strength squad to pick from after midfielders Tom Clarke and Danny Drinkwater have been declared fit for the match.

On top of Morison's fitness check, Millwall will also hand Alan Dunne and Danny Schofield late fitness tests and if all three do not make the match, the Lions will be weaker than they would hope.

As previously stated, Huddersfield really need to kill this match off in this leg as Millwall's home record is just as impressive. As they have scored 100 goals in all competitions they certainly have the potential.

I think they would need at least a two goal cushion going in to the second leg to have any chance of qualifying. Millwall therefore look decent at 4/6 to make the final, Huddersfield are 11/10.

To get that two goal cushion they desperately need, I think 3-1 looks good at 18/1. Don't forget away goals have no bearing so conceding one wouldn't be the end of the world.

Millwall on their day are undoubtedly a stronger side but without some key players and Huddersfield's impressive home record I think they could edge this match and set up a tasty second-leg at The Den.



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