Date: 30th July 2017 at 9:59am
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Bradford City suffered play-off heartbreak for the second consecutive season as they lost to Millwall in the final. They did however go one step further this season after falling at the semi-final stage last season. Stuart McCall managed to successfully transform the Bantams’ playing style into a more fluid passing game after the more direct approach employed under former boss, Phil Parkinson.

Saddlers fans used to dread a fixture against Parkinson’s Bradford, and in particular watching Paul Downing trying to defend James Hanson…

Anyway, Bradford could well make it third time lucky and despite the loss of James Meredith – and to a lesser extent Billy Clarke and Rory McArdle – I’m tipping the Bantams for an unlikely automatic promotion spot.

Vital Walsall prediction: 2nd

16/17 Finish: 5th (Lost play-off final)

Manager: Stuart McCall

Promotion odds: 9/2 SkyBet

Transfers in: Callum Gunne, Shay McCartan,Omari Patrick, Tyrell Robinson, Dominic Poleon, Paul Taylor, Jake Reeves, Lachlan Barr, Joel Grodowski

Transfers out: Billy Clarke, Joe Cracknell, Stephen Darby, James King, Mark Marshall, Rory McArdle, James Meredith.