David Prutton’s Championship score predictions have been revealed this week, and as usual it’s got plenty of people talking.
The former Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Leeds, Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday, and England U21 footballer who currently works as a presenter, pundit, and commentator has given his thoughts on the outcome of Championship matches.
After looking at the majority of his predictions, it’s found that last season he was mostly accurate and that if you put the scores he’s gone with into a table, it is was similar to the Championship table. See what he scores he went with below…
Birmingham vs Norwich
Sneaking past Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday may have eased just a smidgen of pressure on under-fire Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka, but his side are in a perilous position just above the bottom three, particularly given Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday have games in hand.
Most teams have encountered a blip this season and Norwich seem to be well and truly over theirs now. The 1-0 win over Rotherham made it three straight wins for them, with just one goal conceded along the way. This should be a relatively simple away win.
Birmingham: 21st – played 31 – won 7 – drew 10 – lost 14 – 31 points
Norwich: 1st – played 31 – won 19 – drew 7 – lost 5 – 64 points
Prutton predicts: 0-3
Luton vs Millwall
Successive defeats to Stoke and Cardiff in the last week means Nathan Jones’ men have slumped to 16th, which is their lowest league position so far this season. Their failure to score in either leaves them with just three goals from seven league games in 2021 and just eight points off the bottom three.
The Hatters are currently heading in the opposite direction to Millwall, who have recently broken into the top half of the table and may have their sights set on a late push for the play-offs as outsiders. They have drawn more games than anyone else so far this season, though, and I can’t see anything other than that here.
Luton: 16th – played 30 – won 10 – drew 7 – lost 13 – 37 points
Millwall: 11th – played 31 – won 9 – drew 15 – lost 7 – 42 points
A quick glance at Rotherham’s form shows a host of recent defeats, but that alone tells just a fraction of the story. Paul Warne’s men have faced three promotion contenders in Norwich, Bournemouth and Cardiff in their last three and the fact they’ve not been beaten by more than a one-goal margin says a lot. The Millers just need a stroke of luck, it seems.
Despite being one of the form sides in the division since mid-December – with just two defeats in 13 since – Forest are still sat down in 17th ahead of their trip to Yorkshire. If nothing else, that just further emphasises the unpredictability of this division. I’m backing an away win in this one.
Rotherham: 22nd – played 29 – won 8 – drew 5 – lost 16 – 29 points
N Forest: 17th – played 31 – won 9 – drew 9 – lost 13 – 36 points
Prutton predicts: 1-2
Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday
That long unbeaten run had to come to an end at some point for Brentford, although I didn’t think for a minute that three defeats would follow. They were second-best all afternoon against Coventry at the weekend and need to steady themselves quickly to remain in with a shot of automatic promotion.
It’s now three defeats from four for the Owls, who are still right in the relegation mire going into this one. They are still within touching distance of safety at the moment but could soon be cut adrift if things don’t improve. I’m going to stick my neck out here and say they’ll pick up a draw in west London.
Brentford: 2nd – played 31 – won 16 – drew 9 – lost 6 – 57 points
Sheff Wed: 23rd – played 30 – won 9 – drew 7 – lost 15 – 28* points
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Bournemouth vs Cardiff
The fact Bournemouth have appointed Jonathan Woodgate as manager until the end of the season should add some stability going into the business end of the season, which is much needed after the way the last two months have panned out for the Cherries. They really are in danger of dropping out of the top six.
That adds all the more importance to this match, with Cardiff lurking just three points behind them ahead of this game. Mick McCarthy’s men have won all five of their league fixtures in February and he remains unbeaten as Bluebirds boss. Therefore, I’m siding with them.
Bournemouth: 6th – played 31 – won 13 – drew 10 – lost 8 – 49 points
Cardiff: 7th – played 31 – won 13 – drew 7 – lost 11 – 46 points
Prutton predicts: 0-2
Preston vs QPR
I’ve previously mentioned how Preston are lacking consistency and that doesn’t look as though it will change any time soon. The heavy defeat to Cardiff at the weekend left them a considerable distance off the top six and no doubt dealt a blow to morale, too.
I have to congratulate Mark Warburton for the way he’s guided QPR back to winning ways. Rangers are currently on a run of four straight wins for the first time since August-September 2019 and I think they will make it five here, which is something they haven’t done since October 2004.
Preston: 14th – played 31 – won 12 – drew 3 – lost 16 – 39 points
QPR: 13th – played 29 – won 10 – drew 9 – lost 10 – 39 points
Prutton predicts: 1-2
Derby vs Huddersfield
Middlesbrough vs Bristol City
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 2-0 win in favour of Middlesbrough.
In each sides’ last game played out, Boro beat Reading 2-0 away from home, as Bristol City lost 1-0 at home to Barnsley.
Middlesbrough: 8th – played 31 – won 13 – drew 7 – lost 11 – 36 points
Bristol City: 15th – played 31 – won 12 – drew 3 – lost 16 – 39 points
Wycombe vs Reading
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 1-0 win in favour of Reading.
In each sides’ last game played out, the Chairboys played out a 0-0 draw with Millwall as the Royals lost 2-0 against Middlesbrough.
Wycombe: 24th – played 30 – won 4 – drew 8 – lost 18 – 20 points
Reading: 5th – played 31 – won 15 – drew 6 – lost 10 – 51 points
Barnsley vs Stoke
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 1-0 win in favour of Barnsley.
In each sides’ last game played out, the Tykes came away from Bristol city with a 1-0 win, as Stoke beat Luton 3-0.
Barnsley: 10th – played 30 – won 13 – drew 6 – lost 11 – 45 points
Stoke: 9th – played 31 – won 11 – drew 12 – lost 8 – 45 points
Swansea vs Coventry
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 2-0 win in favour of Swansea.
In each sides’ last game played out, the Welsh outfit lost 4-1 against Huddersfield as Coventry won 2-0 against Brentford.
Swansea: 4th – played 29 – won 16 – drew 8 – lost 5 – 56 points
Coventry: 20th – played 31 – won 8 – drew 10 – lost 13 – 34 points
Blackburn vs Watford
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 2-1 win in favour of Watford.
In each sides’ last game played out, Rovers lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest and Watford beat Derby 2-1.
Blackburn: 12th – played 30 – won 11 – drew 6 – lost 13 – 39 points
Watford: 3rd – played 31 – won 16 – drew 9 – lost 6 – 57 points