Michael Laudrup has urged Swansea to embrace the tag of favourites as they look to deny Bradford a fairytale victory in the most unlikely of Capital One Cup finals.
There would have been astronomical odds on the Swans and Bantams making it to Wembley, and even at the semi-final stage a Chelsea against Aston Villa final looked a far more likely line-up for Sunday's showpiece.
Even though it will be the first major cup final in Swansea's history, the Welsh club are well aware the majority of neutrals will be firmly rooting for their League Two opponents, who are the first side from the fourth tier to reach this stage of the competition since Rochdale in 1962.
That means a change of mindset is necessary for a side who have relished the tag of underdogs since securing promotion to the top flight in 2011.
Laudrup said: "I would think if you go back, it's very rare to see a major final between a small team in the top flight and a team from the lower leagues.
"When teams from lower down get to the final it is normally against Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool - like when Birmingham played Arsenal.
"This is different because although we are one of the lower teams, we have to accept we are favourites and we must take the initiative in the game.
"We have no problem with that and we accept the majority of people will want Bradford to win as they are the underdogs.
"We have seen what they have done to Wigan, Arsenal and especially to Aston Villa over two legs.
"It is fantastic, if you say what we have done is a fairytale, then the fact Bradford are there is a huge fairytale."
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Starting XIs - Bradford vs Swansea
Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Good, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Wells, Hanson.
Subs: McLaughlan, Davies, Ravenhill, Reid, Turgott, Connell, Hines.
Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Ki, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Vorm, Monk, Tiendalli, Shechter, Agustien, Lamah, Moore.
Bradford boss Parkinson, installed as Peter Jackson's replacement in August 2011, was given the sole remit of ending the club's six-year stint in the basement division. It did not include a Capital One Cup final appearance at Wembley.
The enormity of his side's feat is not lost on Parkinson and while he expects players, fans and staff to immerse themselves in the unique Wembley atmosphere, the 45-year-old former Colchester, Hull and Charlton manager still has promotion very much on his mind.
Parkinson said: "It's going to be a great occasion and we've got to make sure we savour every moment.
"The fans must remember they could be supporting their club all their lives and never have anything like this.
"We should all be privileged to be involved.
"Everybody needs to understand the position we are in and soak up the atmosphere."
Parkinson, whose side lie seven points adrift of the play-offs with 15 games left, added: "If you go back through history the clubs from the lower divisions who have had good runs in cup competitions find it has a detrimental affect on their league form.
"That has happened to us since the Arsenal game when our form has dipped.
"But I'm convinced about the ability of these players and even after Sunday we still have 15 big games left and we intend to have a real good go."