David Prutton’s Championship score predictions are revealed ready for another busy week of football in the second tier of English football.
The former Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Leeds, Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday, and England U21 footballer currently works as a presenter, pundit, and commentator, but now he gives his thoughts on the outcome of the next few days matches.
A number of fixtures has been hit due to a rise in Covid cases, a blow to many who had been looking to kick on with the second half of the season, while many teams have a lot of games in hand over others.
Luton vs Bournemouth
Luton saw their festive schedule absolutely decimated by Covid. They haven’t played in the Championship since December 11! But they did return to action with a decent win in the FA Cup last weekend, which should have helped blow a few of the cobwebs away.
Bournemouth enjoyed back-to-back wins over Christmas to return to the top of the Championship table. They will keep that lead a little longer for certain with a win here, but I think they’ll be held.
Luton Town Championship form: LLDLWD
Luton Town form (all competitions): LDLWDW
Bournemouth Championship form: DDLLWW
Bournemouth form (all competitions): DLLWWW
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Derby vs Sheffield United
You just cannot write Derby off. The fact that, even after a 21-point deduction, we are still talking about them in terms of potential survival is just remarkable. Their performances and results over Christmas were brilliant.
Sheffield United have won four in a row, but haven’t actually played for a few weeks now. They will hope the lack of action hasn’t slowed their momentum. All things considered, I’ll back a draw here.
Derby County Championship form: LLWWWD
Derby County form (all competitions): LWWWDL
Sheffield United Championship form: LDWWWW
Sheffield United form (all competitions): DWWWWL
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Fulham vs Bristol City
What a win for Fulham at Reading. Another seven-goal midweek away-day thumping, just like the one they dished out to Blackburn earlier in the season. When all the cogs click into gear, they are formidable at this level.
Considering some of the issues he’s had to contend with, Nigel Pearson is actually doing a decent job with Bristol City this season. These two met in the FA Cup last week and Fulham won at Ashton Gate, and it’s likely that they’ll do that again at Craven Cottage.
Fulham Championship form: DDDDLW
Fulham form (all competitions): DDDLWW
Bristol City Championship form: LWDLLW
Bristol City form (all competitions): WDLLWL
Prutton predicts: 3-1
Middlesbrough vs Reading
Middlesbrough are moving up the table with a real sense of menace under Chris Wilder. They have hopefully added goals as well, with the recent loan arrivals of Aaron Connolly and Folarin Balogun. It could be a really exciting second half of the season at the Riverside.
The same cannot be said for Reading. Hammered in midweek by Fulham, hovering just above the relegation places and knocked out of the FA Cup last week by non-League opposition. Veljko Paunovic has all kinds of issues to contend with. This is not the game he would want to try and start turning things around. Home win.
Middlesbrough Championship form: WWDWWW
Middlesbrough form (all competitions): WDWWWW
Reading Championship form: LWDLDL
Reading form (all competitions): WDLDLL
Prutton predicts: 3-0
QPR vs West Brom
Two solid away wins for QPR either side of the new year have put them back on course in the play-off hunt. They are fifth in the table and have played fewer games than pretty much all the sides around them. They are in a great position.
West Brom are without a win in three. Of more concern is the fact they have scored just four goals in their last eight Championship games. Daryl Dike has arrived, and we saw what he did at Barnsley last season, but there is a lot of expectation on his shoulders to deliver. This one, in truth, could go either way. So I’ll go for a draw.
Queens Park Rangers Championship form: WWLLWW
Queens Park Rangers form (all competitions): WLLWWW
West Bromwich Albion Championship form: DWWDLD
West Bromwich Albion form (all competitions): WWDLDL
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Hull vs Stoke
No wins in four now for Hull in the Championship, although they will be boosted by giving a very decent account of themselves in their eventual defeat by Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.
Stoke did not enjoy a good festive run, but did get back to winning ways against Leyton Orient last weekend. They’ve not won a league game since early December, and think that run may continue. Draw for me
Hull form guide: LLLDDW
Stoke form guide: WLLDWL
Prutton predicts: 2-2
Cardiff vs Blackburn
Rovers make the trip to South Wales to take on the Bluebirds looking to keep the pressure on the clubs sitting in the automatic promotion places.
While Tony Mowbray’s side sit in third position in the Championship standings, the hosting side are four points clear of the relegation zone.
Cardiff City Championship form: LWLDLD
Cardiff City form (all competitions): WLDLDW
Blackburn Rovers Championship form: WWWWWD
Blackburn Rovers form (all competitions): WWWWDL
David Prutton’s score predictions for this game is a 2-1 in favour of Blackburn Rovers.
Huddersfield vs Swansea
The Terriers are plotting to protect their place in the Championship playoffs when they welcome Russell Martin’s men to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.
Huddersfield currently sit sixth in the table but have played at least one game more than all of the chasing pack, while the Swans find themselves in 17th place.
Huddersfield Town Championship form: DDWWWD
Huddersfield Town form (all competitions): DWWWDW
Swansea City Championship form: LDWLLL
Swansea City form (all competitions): DWLLLL
David Prutton’s score predictions for this game is a 2-1 in favour of Huddersfield Town.
Millwall vs Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest go into this game on the back of an impressive FA Cup win knocking Arsenal out with a 1-0 win whereas Millwall lost 2-1 against Crystal Palace.
The two square off at The Den on Saturday afternoon looking for a much-needed victory after two successive defeats in the Championship.
While Forest place in ninth, their opponents are just one point adrift of them while possessing a game in hand.
Millwall Championship form: DLWLWL
Millwall form (all competitions): LWLWLL
Nottingham Forest Championship form: DWWWLL
Nottingham Forest form (all competitions): WWWLLW
David Prutton’s score predictions for this game is a 2-1 in favour of Nottingham Forest.
Peterborough vs Coventry
Championship strugglers Peterborough United host out-of-form Coventry City at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Posh are currently 22nd in the table and three points adrift of safety, while the Sky Blues have drifted away from the playoffs and are now 10th.
Peterborough United Championship form: LLDLWL
Peterborough United form (all competitions): LDLWLW
Coventry City Championship form: DDDLDL
Coventry City form (all competitions): DDLDLW
David Prutton’s score predictions for this game is a 1-1 draw between the two sides.
Preston vs Birmingham
Preston will welcome fellow mid-table outfit Birmingham City to Deepdale for their Championship encounter on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides go into this fixture off the back of defeats in the third round of the FA Cup, with the Lilywhites defeated by Cardiff City, and the Blues losing at the hands of League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.
Preston North End Championship form: LWDLWW
Preston North End form (all competitions): WDLWWL
Birmingham City Championship form: DWLDLL
Birmingham City form (all competitions): WLDLLL
David Prutton’s score predictions for this game is a 1-0 in favour of Preston North End.