David Prutton’s Championship Final Day predictions are out as anticipation grows with the season coming to an end on Wednesday night.
There is still so much at stake, with teams battling for the second automatic promotion place, the playoffs participants need confirming, and the relegation battle is set to be the most tense yet.
The second automatic promotion place will be decided on the final day and it will be West Brom, Brentford and Fulham (the latter still can get it mathematically. The two that don’t make it will end up contesting the EFL playoffs.
PRUTTON’S PROMOTION RACE PREDICTIONS:
“What a let-off that was for West Brom. After slipping up at Huddersfield, they would have been fearing the worst, but then Brentford struggled under the pressure of it all the very next day at Stoke. It was an incredible weekend of drama,” he said.
“Pressure will play a big part again on Wednesday night, but West Brom could barely have handpicked a better fixture to finish their season. It really is the time where you would always rather be playing against a side with nothing to play for.
“Fulham will be hoping both slip up so they can sneak through the door, but I think West Brom and Brentford will both win – sealing promotion for the Baggies.”
Prutton predicts: West Bromwich Albion to win promotion back to the Premier League
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PRUTTON’S PLAYOFF RACE PREDICTIONS:
“Nottingham Forest seem to have gone to sleep in the last couple of weeks and, considering where they were not so long ago, should not be in this position on the final day of the season. It will be a huge relief to Sabri Lamouchi and Co that Stoke have already achieved survival, so may be a little more relaxed,” he said.
“Cardiff have put themselves in a fantastic spot with some brilliant results since the restart, and need just a draw against lowly all-but relegated Hull to guarantee their place in the play-offs.
“Swansea need one of the above to slip up and lose – and in the case of Forest for there to be a bit of a goal swing, too – so all they can do is pile the pressure on and see what happens.
“Cardiff should win, but things might be difficult for Forest. They should, however, get at least a draw, which will be enough to seal their spot.”
Prutton predicts: Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City to finish in the play-offs along with Brentford and Fulham
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PRUTTON’S RELEGATION RACE PREDICTIONS:
“It gets a little complicated down the bottom! Let’s get the easy bits out of the way first. You cannot really see Hull staying up from here, and I think Barnsley will be beaten at Brentford – despite their brilliant effort against Nottingham Forest on Sunday to keep themselves in contention,” he said.
“I happen to think Wigan will beat Fulham and that will be enough to take them up and just about clear once you have factored in the 12-point deduction.
“Luton have got decent opponents in Blackburn, but they just need the win that little bit more so I have to back them to scrape a victory at Kenilworth Road.
“That leaves Charlton. Of all the times to head to Leeds and Elland Road, this is probably the best. However, we saw on Sunday that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are pretty motivated, and they will want to end the season on a high. Even with nothing to play for, I think they will be too good for the Addicks.”
Prutton predicts: Charlton Athletic, Barnsley and Hull City are to be relegated to League One
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The Latics will be deducted 12 points (which may well send them down), but the deduction is only set to be officially applied to the table at the end of the season.
Assuming the deduction does end up being applied and there are no successful appeals against it, the three relegation places will be between Hull City (already look down and out), Barnsley, Wigan Athletic, Luton Town and Charlton Athletic.
So with that in mind, we take a look at David Prutton‘s Championship Final Day score predictions below, and it’s fair to say it’s once again proved to be a controversial set…
Birmingham City vs Derby County: 1-1
Brentford vs Barnsley (live on Sky): 3-0
Bristol City vs Preston North End: 2-1
Cardiff City vs Hull City: 2-0
Leeds United vs Charlton Athletic: 2-0
Luton Town vs Blackburn Rovers: 1-0
Millwall vs Huddersfield Town: 2-0
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City: 1-1
Reading vs Swansea City: 0-2
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough: 1-2
West Brom vs Queens Park Rangers (live on Sky): 2-0
Wigan Athletic vs Fulham: 2-1
Supporters on social media took to give their reaction on Twitter to David Prutton’s Championship Final Day predictions…
He hasn’t predicted Derby to lose?! Just when I thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder.
— Dan Green (@Daramsta17) July 21, 2020
Nice to actually see you give Birmingham a point
— Kris⚽️💙 (@KJS19955) July 21, 2020
Anyone else noticed that #nffc have struggled since prutton started to back us to win ? We should be ok tho, he’s put us down for a draw against stoke 🙄
— dan beattie (@danbeattie80) July 21, 2020
So hoping Brentford will overtake West Brom for that second automatic promotion place. Cant see Cardiff slipping up so they will get the last playoff place. Rather glad to see that he reckons Luton will survive the drop. Fingers crossed. Could Charlton survive because of Wigan/SW
— Jason Lee 🇬🇧 (@ForeverAYellow) July 21, 2020
Prutton is an absolute kunt can’t stand him pal
— Owls_WAWAW (@WawawOwls) July 21, 2020
@Got_Your_Six_74 prutton the prick
— chris chesham (@chesham_chris) July 21, 2020