THEY may be overwhelming underdogs this afternoon, but Phil Parkinson is relishing the prospect of upsetting the Championship’s top dogs.

Hosts Wolverhampton are hot favourites at 1/3 to win at Molineux today while Parkinson’s Wanderers are a meaty 11/1 for victory.

But, while he acknowledges the size of the task in hand, and the quality bought into the leaders’ squad, he is confident the Whites can extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

“I think this is the biggest test of the season for us,” he said.

“I’ve seen them twice, and deservedly they are at the top of the league – it’ll be a good test for us but one we’re looking forward to, we want a continuation of our recent form.

“We know how they’re going to play, they’ve played the same system all season so we’ve got to be prepared to set ourselves up to be disciplined but also, we need to give them problems as well.

“We’re not just going there to sit in, they’re a team with the players to hurt teams who do that but we believe we’ve got players who can cause them problems.

“I don’t want to give too much away but they’ll be

3-4-3, we know the areas they’re strong in terms of that system and we’ve got to try to work on the areas where we know we can get the better of them, obviously that’s got to be the game plan.”

Today’s hosts spent around £20million during the summer transfer window, riches Parkinson can but dream of splashing out.

And while Parkinson tips Wolves to be eating at the top table next season he remains convinced they can be beaten by his comparatively cut-price squad.

“There’s a lot of football left and a lot of teams are going to be challenging but at the moment they’ve got to be favourites because they’re at the top of the league,” he told The Bolton News.

“We know there was a bit of a party atmosphere already at Molineux on Wednesday night, we want to go and spoil that.

“In a two-horse race 11/1 is generous odds, but we’re looking to implement what we’ve spoken to the lads about, do that as well as we possibly can and see if that’s good enough to get a result.”