The ex-Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Leeds, Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday, and England U21 footballer who currently works as a presenter, pundit, and commentator, has given his verdict.
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West Brom vs Southampton
It has been a decent week for West Brom so far, even if they’d have been disappointed not to have held on for the win at Ipswich on Saturday. They are still well-placed in the race for the play-offs as well.
Southampton’s response to that defeat in midweek will be fascinating. They threatened it at the weekend, but bounced back to beat Huddersfield in remarkable fashion. Now they need to rally or Leeds could race away with second. I have a feeling they could slip again.
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Plymouth vs Leeds
Plymouth will feel so unfortunate in how they conceded that late equaliser against Coventry on Wednesday night. But they will have to put that to the backs of their minds because they are facing arguably the best team in the Championship at the minute.
Leeds are in remarkable form. They absolutely destroyed Swansea in midweek and look unstoppable at the minute. There will be recent memories there of being pushed all the way at Home Park in the FA Cup, but I just can’t back against them right now. Away win!
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Bristol City vs QPR
It has been two fantastic wins for Bristol City this week. To go to Middlesbrough and then end that run of Southampton has really set the Liam Manning era alight. They now need to continue that momentum.
QPR were so disappointing at Stoke, against a side that were there for the taking. They were rather flat and now find themselves four points adrift of safety. They can’t be that bad again, and I have a feeling they could cause a bit of a stir at Ashton Gate.
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Huddersfield vs Hull
Huddersfield are looking far more resilient and solid under their interim boss, and a massive win over Sunderland in midweek has dragged them a little away from the bottom three.
Hull. Well what else can you say about that Jaden Philogene goal other than sheer brilliance. It was needed too as it triggered that turnaround at Rotherham to keep them in that play-off chasing pack. But Huddersfield have some momentum right now, and I think they could edge this one.
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Norwich vs Cardiff
That was a good win for Norwich in midweek. To see Watford battle back like that but then go on to win the game will have done them the world of good. There has been a lot of unease at Carrow Road this season, but they look on a good path right now.
Cardiff could do with a bit of that because they look marooned in mid-table. They have just three points from their last five games. I can’t see them getting much of a return here. Home win.
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Swansea vs Ipswich
Swansea enjoyed an excellent win at Hull at the weekend that I certainly didn’t see coming, but followed it up by being steamrolled by Leeds. Not that you can blame them too much for that, with the form they are in right now.
Ipswich got an enormous win on Wednesday night at Millwall to keep them within touch of that top-two race. But they need to be nearly faultless if they want to stay there now, and I don’t think it will be as easy for them as it was in midweek. Score draw.
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Birmingham vs Sunderland
Tony Mowbray, who was recently dismissed from his position at the Stadium of Light, will now lead Birmingham City against Sunderland at St Andrew’s @ Knighthead Park in the Championship this Saturday.
The Blues secured a crucial win against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening, while the Black Cats failed to earn any points during their midweek match against Huddersfield Town.
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The score prediction David Prutton’s gone for with this game is a 2-1 win in favour of Birmingham.
Leicester vs Middlesbrough
Leicester City will aim to secure their fifth consecutive win in the Championship as they welcome Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.
At present, the team sits comfortably at the top of the table with a 12-point lead, while Middlesbrough finds themselves in the 13th position, having failed to secure a victory in their last four matches.
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The score prediction David Prutton’s gone for with this game is a 2-0 win in favour of Leicester.
Millwall vs Sheff Wed
Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday will clash at The Den on Saturday as they strive to secure three vital points in the battle at the bottom of the Championship table.
After experiencing defeats during the week, both teams find themselves in precarious positions, with the visitors currently occupying the 23rd spot, trailing their hosts by seven points in the 21st position.
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The score prediction David Prutton’s gone for with this game is a 1-0 win in favour of Sheffield Wednesday.
Preston vs Blackburn
Preston North End are set to face their rivals Blackburn Rovers, aiming to secure their fourth consecutive win in the Championship.
While the home team currently holds the ninth spot, the visitors will arrive at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon positioned 16th in the standings.
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The score prediction David Prutton’s gone for with this game is a 3-1 win in favour of Preston.
Rotherham vs Watford
On Saturday, Rotherham United will host Watford at the New York Stadium, with both sides desperate to break their poor run of form.
Rotherham United currently sits at the bottom of the Championship table, a staggering 14 points away from safety. Meanwhile, Watford finds themselves seven points adrift from the playoff spots, struggling to secure a victory in recent matches.
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The score prediction David Prutton’s gone for with this game is a 1-1 draw between the two sides.
Stoke vs Coventry
After picking a crucial win in their battle in the previous match, Stoke City will aim to maintain their improved performance as they welcome Coventry City to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Championship.
Stoke City displayed great determination to overcome their relegation rivals, Queens Park Rangers, on Wednesday night, while Coventry City managed to secure a point against Plymouth Argyle on the same day.
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The score prediction David Prutton’s gone for with this game is a 2-1 win in favour of Coventry.