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David Prutton’s Championship score predictions

David Prutton’s Championship score predictions have been revealed ahead of another busy weekend of football..

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 on the second round of fixtures.

You can watch Norwich City vs Wigan on Sky Sports Football from midday on Saturday; kick off 12.30pm; you can also see West Brom vs Watford on Sky Sports Football from 7.45pm on Monday.

Birmingham vs Huddersfield

Birmingham had a solid start under John Eustace last weekend and kept a clean sheet against Luton – one of last season’s play-off semi-finalists – which is no mean feat. Strikers Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan did not register a single shot between them, but that is perhaps indicative of Luton’s defensive strength rather than anything else at this point.

For Huddersfield, it was a tough return to action. They faced a new-look Burnley side determined to pass their opponents off the park and struggled to muster any real chances of note. They are still in transition after Carlos Corberan’s surprise departure, but won’t be able to use that as a mitigating factor for too long, you’d imagine. I’m going for a draw to start the weekend.

Birmingham City Championship form:

Huddersfield Town Championship form:

Prutton predicts: 1-1

Norwich vs Wigan

Norwich boss Dean Smith bemoaned his side’s lack of quality in the final third following the opening defeat to Cardiff, which was a feisty affair, by all accounts, with a late red card for either side. The Canaries created chances and forced plenty corners, but were unable to make the breakthrough. In fairness, with their opponents having made so many summer signings, they were something of an unknown entity.

Wigan have signed just one first team player this summer and remain one of the early favourites to go straight back down from the Championship to League One. But they looked a real threat in their goalless draw with Preston and racked up 20 attempts without scoring, five of which were on target. Norwich should edge this one, though.

Norwich City Championship form:

Wigan Athletic Championship form:

Prutton predicts: 2-1

Bristol City vs Sunderland

There was a horrible feeling of deja vu for Bristol City last weekend, as they lost a match having taken the lead. They did that on seven occasions last season and Nigel Pearson does not appear to be the kind of man that will tolerate that for too long.

Sunderland, meanwhile, almost had the perfect start, didn’t they?! They held on to that slender for quite some time as Coventry piled on the pressure on Sunday, but finally caved in when Viktor Gyokeres scored that wonderful solo goal. It will, naturally, take time to adapt to the division once more. A point apiece here, for me.

Bristol City Championship form:

Sunderland Championship form:

Prutton predicts: 1-1

Burnley vs Luton

We knew Burnley were going to have a different approach under Vincent Kompany, but they certainly surprised a few with their quick, crisp passing, movement and pressure that earned them victory in the division’s curtain-raiser. Man City legend Kompany said it was “a step in the right direction” and he will be determined to press on and build momentum.

Luton have got a few new faces in the squad this term and Nathan Jones has got some more really good attacking options at his disposal. The Hatters picked up a good point in that aforementioned draw with Birmingham, though they could find it a bit more difficult at Turf Moor and for that reason I’m backing Burnley.

Burnley Championship form:

Luton Town Championship form:

Prutton predicts: 2-1

Sheffield United vs Millwall

Sheffield United were never out of the game against Watford on Monday, but aside from a few fleeting moments, they never looked like scoring either. Young forwards Daniel Jebbison and Iliman Ndiaye put in impressive performances and I’m looking forward to seeing them develop this term.

Millwall were one of only two teams to score more than one goal throughout the opening weekend and both came from centre-back Charlie Cresswell, who probably couldn’t believe his luck. Gary Rowett’s men are so good from set-pieces and will be keen to cause other teams problems with them over the next few months. This could be a very entertaining score draw.

Sheffield United Championship form:

Millwall Championship form:

Millwall form (all competitions):

Prutton predicts: 2-2

West Brom vs Watford

West Brom have got a point to prove this season and they put in an encouraging performance against Middlesbrough. New signings Jed Wallace and John Swift combined for the equaliser and look as though they will be key performers for Steve Bruce already.

Rob Edwards was another manager that got off to a perfect start last Monday night. That Watford frontline of Emmanuel Dennis, Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr looked frightening at times against Sheffield United and will, without doubt, fare better against other teams in this division. I’m going for another engaging score draw at The Hawthorns.

West Brom Championship form:

Watford Championship form:

Prutton predicts: 2-2

Preston vs Hull

After new-look Hull City stole three points with a last-gasp winner on the opening day, their Championship campaign continues on Saturday afternoon, with a trip to Preston North End.

The Tigers travel to Deepdale on the back of a 2-1 victory over Bristol City, while their hosts were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Wigan.

Preston North End Championship form:

Preston North End form (all competitions):

Hull City Championship form:

Hull City form (all competitions):

The score prediction David Prutton has gone for is a 2-1 win in favour of Hull City.

QPR vs Middlesbrough

Queens Park Rangers will try to pick up their first points of the season, when they play host to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The hosts began their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, while Boro drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion.

Queens Park Rangers Championship form:

Middlesbrough Championship form:

The score prediction David Prutton has gone for is a 2-0 win in favour of Middlesbrough.

Reading vs Cardiff

Cardiff City square off against Reading on Saturday afternoon looking to build on their excellent 1-0 victory against Championship promotion favourites Norwich City.

At the same time that the Bluebirds were getting off to the perfect start, the Royals were succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Blackpool.

Reading Championship form:

Cardiff City Championship form:

The score prediction David Prutton has gone for is a 2-0 win in favour of Cardiff City.

Stoke vs Blackpool

After beating Reading last weekend, Blackpool will bid to open their campaign with consecutive victories when they travel to the Bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City on Saturday.

The hosts, meanwhile, will attempt to clinch their first points of the season after falling to a 2-0 defeat to Millwall on the opening weekend of the season.

Stoke City Championship form:
Blackpool Championship form:

The score prediction David Prutton has gone for is a 1-1 draw between the two sides.

Swansea vs Blackburn

Swansea City were lucky to escape with a point on Rotherham on the opening weekend of the new Championship campaign when they were caught time and time again on the counter-attack.

Blackburn Rovers, who carved out a victory against QPR on matchday one, have the personnel to trouble the Swans on the break again and a similar pattern could develop in Wales.

Swansea Championship form:
Blackburn Championship form:

The score prediction David Prutton has gone for is a 2-2 draw between the two sides.

Coventry vs Rotherham

The Sky Blues came away with a point from Sunderland last weekend with Victor Gyokeres’ powerful strike six minutes from time giving them a 1-1 draw in front of over 40,000 fans at the Stadium of Light. Mark Robins’ side will be glad for a return to the CBS Arena this weekend, and will want a good start after winning 10 of 23 league matches last season.

Rotherham bounced back to the Championship at the first attempt last season, finishing runners-up to League One champions Wigan. Paul Warne’s side picked up a 1-1 home draw in their league opener against Swansea City on Saturday with Chiedozie Ogbene scoring a 16th-minute goal for the Millers.

Coventry Championship form:
Rotherham Championship form:

The score prediction David Prutton has gone for is a 1-1 draw between the two sides.

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