Parkinson’s Bradford City braced for bruising Bristol trip
Months on from playoff glory at Wembley, Bradford City could be brought back to earth with a bang against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Bantams fans will be delighted to have held on to manager Phil Parkinson, the man who oversaw a memorable run to the Carling Cup final, and are dark horses for promotion at 8/1.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, remain favourites for a return to the Championship at 6/5, though an opening day trip to face Preston North End, could provide an acid test of those credentials with Wolves available at 6/4 for victory.
Peterborough also face a daunting task against another of the league’s potential promotion chasers Swindon. The Posh are on at 10/11 to beat Swindon on the opening day, but with the Reds proving no pushovers, this could be too close to call.
Elsewhere, new manager David Weir will be all too aware of Sheffield United’s status as one of the front runners for a return to the Championship at 3/1, though a home start against Notts County, offers up a great chance for three points with odds of 5/6 on a Blades win.
Brentford, meanwhile, will need to improve on last season’s poor away form, with the Bees picking up two wins from their last ten on the road. An early trip to Port Vale could provide an early indication of whether they can live up to their billing as promotion contenders with a win for the visitors on at 6/4.
Away from the big hitters, League Two champions Gillingham will look to make a positive start when they meet Colchester United at the Priestfield.
The Gills are 9/1 outsiders to go up again, but if they can replicate some of last season’s early form, they could be ones to watch out for. A home win here at evens is a necessity.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.