Newcastle boss Alan Pardew backing Bradford over Swansea City
NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew reckons old pal Phil Parkinson has a 35 per cent chance of stunning Swansea City at Wembley this weekend.
The Toon boss says he will be backing Bradford City this weekend — and he believes they can upset the odds.
Swansea are red-hot 1-6 favourites with the bookmakers to win Sunday's Capital One Cup final, with Bradford a distant 5-1.
But Pardew, who worked with Parkinson in his Reading days, is convinced the Bantams' chances are better than that.
"In a cup final you have a realistic opportunity of winning," Pardew said.
"It's not a 50 per cent chance, but I'd say around 35 per cent.
"That's still a good percentage to win a game from — I've gone into games thinking like that and won.
"I would have put Bradford's chances of beating Arsenal at home at only 25 per cent, so they've already proved that they can do it.
"I was at Aston Villa (for the semi-final second leg) and jumped up when the goal went in — that's the first time all year.
"Definitely count me in as a Bradford fan on Sunday."
Bradford are hoping defensive regular Rory McArdle will be fit to feature against Swansea.
The Northern Ireland international has not played for two-and-a-half weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage, but he has a chance of featuring at Wembley.
Like Swansea, Parkinson's team suffered defeat in their final warm-up for the big game, going down 2-1 against AFC Wimbledon, the Football League's bottom club.