Bradford City: Phil Parkinson tips Clough's Blades as promotion favourites

Blades boss Nigel Clough

Blades boss Nigel Clough

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CITY boss Phil Parkinson believes Sheffield United are "overwhelming favourites" to win promotion from League One this coming season.

The Blades finished one place outside the play-off spots and also reached the FA Cup semi-finals last term.

Now Parkinson reckons City's Yorkshire rivals are ready to go all the way – and the bookies back up his theory.

Nigel Clough's men are 5-1 favourites to go up and Parkinson said: "I think Sheffield United are going to be the overwhelming favourites.

"I can't look beyond them. They finished last season well and have got bigger resources than any other team in the division.

"You would expect them to win the league this season, given the business Nigel has done and the squad he has got at his disposal.

"I think they will be very short-priced favourites."

Parkinson is also wary of the threat posed by Peterborough, who were beaten play-off semi-finalists last season, and Bristol City.

"Peterborough are always up there, knocking on the door, and I'm sure they will be up there again," said the Bantams boss.

"The expectancy will be the same because they have been in the Championship and will expect to be competing again.

"Bristol City underachieved last year but they're a big club and will be up there this season."

Parkinson is also looking forward to the trip back to his old club Colchester, who he guided to promotion from the third tier in 2006.

"I always look forward to going back to Colchester," he said.

"I was pleased to go back there and win last season because it was the first time I had been there as a manager and won.

"I'd had a couple of draws and been beaten, so it was good to go back and get the three points."

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9:14am Mon 23 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

a none news day!
a none news day! tyker7745
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10:41am Mon 23 Jun 14

nowt fresh says...

Shrewd cookie Mr Parkinson tipping Sheffield Untied as promotion favourites, who'd have thought it.
Shrewd cookie Mr Parkinson tipping Sheffield Untied as promotion favourites, who'd have thought it. nowt fresh
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10:50am Mon 23 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

It will be interesting if he has a dabble on City
It will be interesting if he has a dabble on City lawsonio123
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10:57am Mon 23 Jun 14

nowt fresh says...

Come on guys/girls lighten up "thumbs down" just a bit of fun, as tyker7745 says (a none news day!) :-)) .
Come on guys/girls lighten up "thumbs down" just a bit of fun, as tyker7745 says (a none news day!) :-)) . nowt fresh
  • Score: -6

11:40am Mon 23 Jun 14

Plastic Bantam says...

England out of the World Cup and Pre Season seems miles away!!!! Is there anything more depressing!?
England out of the World Cup and Pre Season seems miles away!!!! Is there anything more depressing!? Plastic Bantam
  • Score: -4

12:00pm Mon 23 Jun 14

gordon ramsay says...

talking of odds..... interesting to see where the bookies see us.

they dont give us a chance. much longer odds than last year

with hills they have us as bottom 6

hope they are wrong
talking of odds..... interesting to see where the bookies see us. they dont give us a chance. much longer odds than last year with hills they have us as bottom 6 hope they are wrong gordon ramsay
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12:21pm Mon 23 Jun 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
England out of the World Cup and Pre Season seems miles away!!!! Is there anything more depressing!?
The comments on these pages are usually more depressing
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: England out of the World Cup and Pre Season seems miles away!!!! Is there anything more depressing!?[/p][/quote]The comments on these pages are usually more depressing moanmoanwhingewhinge
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1:00pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Plastic Bantam says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: England out of the World Cup and Pre Season seems miles away!!!! Is there anything more depressing!?
The comments on these pages are usually more depressing
Very true!!
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: England out of the World Cup and Pre Season seems miles away!!!! Is there anything more depressing!?[/p][/quote]The comments on these pages are usually more depressing[/p][/quote]Very true!! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Mon 23 Jun 14

torreyman says...

looking at the betting odds we are 40 to 1 to win the league and 2 to 1 to go down they say bookies are not often wrong anybody worried ??
looking at the betting odds we are 40 to 1 to win the league and 2 to 1 to go down they say bookies are not often wrong anybody worried ?? torreyman
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Mon 23 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

torreyman wrote:
looking at the betting odds we are 40 to 1 to win the league and 2 to 1 to go down they say bookies are not often wrong anybody worried ??
Ha But this time they are going down NO CHANCE
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: looking at the betting odds we are 40 to 1 to win the league and 2 to 1 to go down they say bookies are not often wrong anybody worried ??[/p][/quote]Ha But this time they are going down NO CHANCE lawsonio123
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Nickloza says...

torreyman wrote:
looking at the betting odds we are 40 to 1 to win the league and 2 to 1 to go down they say bookies are not often wrong anybody worried ??
Yes but most teams haven't finished signing players yet or started for that matter, so I don't know what they are basing it on
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: looking at the betting odds we are 40 to 1 to win the league and 2 to 1 to go down they say bookies are not often wrong anybody worried ??[/p][/quote]Yes but most teams haven't finished signing players yet or started for that matter, so I don't know what they are basing it on Nickloza
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