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Bristol City v Walsall: Johnstone's Paint Trophy final preview

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Walsall will take on Bristol City next Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, which looks to be one to watch.

The Saddlers, who are making their first appearance at Wembley in their 127-year history are hoping to mark the occasion with a win over League One leaders Bristol City and with the return of leading goalscorer Tom Bradshaw and midfielder Sam Mantom, things are only looking.

Whilst their recent form hasn't been the best, their performance in the completion isn't something that should be overlooked with victories over Sheffield United and Preston.

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They will take the positives from a draw with MK Dons on Saturday and will hope to take three points from United tomorrow after beating them earlier in the competition.

Bristol City are almost certain to be promoted to the Championship with a current gap of 11 points between them and JPT area finalists Preston in second with two games in hand but there's a feeling in the air that they're being too complacent after a stalemate with Gillingham at the weekend.

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Complacency setting in?

Are they too focused on the upcoming cup final with promotion all but sealed? Or have other teams figured out how to keep them at bay?

Walsall are well aware of the talent available to Bristol's manager Steve Cotterill and will hope to stop the two time winners of the trophy in their tracks.

It'll not be an easy game for either side as in the last meeting in the league they were held to a draw. Whilst Bristol have in form strikers in Kieran Agard (10) and Aaron Wilbraham (13), Dean Smith will be hoping that Bradshaw (13) and loanee Jordy Hiwula (4) are able to push them over the finish line.

Smith focused on winning

Smith has told BBC West Midlands that his mind set is on winning, adding: "You don't very often get a chance to win a trophy and this is our best chance of getting to Wembley and winning a competition".

With around 30,000 Walsall fans and 40,000 Bristol City fans heading to the final, will The Saddlers celebrate their first visit to Wembley with a win? Only time will tell.

Who will win this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final? Have your say in the comments below!

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