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…
Derby vs Bournemouth
Though Wayne Rooney’s appointment as permanent Derby boss should bring some stability to the club, the defeat to Rotherham took the gloss off just a little bit. These are worrying times both on and off the pitch for the Rams, who have failed to score in four of their last five games.
Bournemouth had an enforced lay-off before Christmas and, barring the 4-1 FA Cup win over Oldham, they’ve stuttered since, losing ground on Swansea and Norwich in the process. I think they might edge this one, though.
Derby: 23rd – played 23 – won 4 – drew 7 – lost 12 – 19 points
Bournemouth: 3rd – played 24 – won 11 – drew 9 – lost 4 – 42 points
Prutton predicts: 1-2
Reading vs Coventry
The Royals have done well to overcome some injury worries and get back on track in the last month, while a 10-day break between fixtures should mean they are fighting fit again here. Veljko Paunovic’s men occupy the last top six spot at the moment and have a four-point cushion between themselves and the chasing pack.
Coventry haven’t played since January 9 either and you’d imagine they’ll be looking to get back to the type of form that saw them go eight unbeaten throughout November and December. The Sky Blues have struggled on the road this season but will have their 3-2 win in the reverse fixture at the forefront of their minds for this one.
Reading: 6th – played 23 – won 12 – drew 4 – lost 7 – 40 points
Coventry: 17th – played 23 – won 6 – drew 8 – lost 9 – 26 points
Prutton predicts: 2-1
Rotherham vs Stoke
That win over Derby will have provided a massive lift for Rotherham. They are now inside the relegation zone on goal difference alone but, crucially, they still have two or three games in hand on most teams around them, so do not write them off anytime soon.
Stoke’s recent results aren’t anything to rave about, for the neutral at least, but Michael O’Neill has established real – and much-needed – consistency in the Potteries. His side have been beaten by more than a one-goal margin on two occasions and have kept four clean sheets in their last five away games. Away win, for me.
Rotherham: 22nd – played 21 – won 5 – drew 4 – lost 12 – 19 points
Stoke: 8th – played 24 – won 9 – drew 9 – lost 6 – 36 points
Prutton predicts: 1-2
Norwich vs Bristol City
Following a brief Christmas dip, the Canaries have started 2021 just the way they’d have hoped, with three wins from three in all competitions. As I mentioned last week, they are the Championship leaders for a reason and everything is going to plan right now.
Injuries were building at a rapid pace for Bristol City last month and it was a troublesome one, in terms of results. Having recalled some players from loan spells, the Robins look to have emerged in a much better position. That said, I can’t see past a routine win for Norwich.
Norwich: 1st – played 24 – won 15 – drew 5 – lost 4 – 50 points
Bristol City: 9th – played 23 – won 11 – drew 3 – lost 9 – 36 points
Prutton predicts: 2-0
Brentford vs Luton
Brentford remain 15 Championship games unbeaten but, strangely enough, this will be the first league outing of the year for Thomas Frank’s men, with Covid-related issues forcing the postponement of their last three fixtures. They won this game 7-0 last term, but with the Hatters on the march, they can’t afford to take their eye off the ball.
I think that if Luton could score more goals, they would be right among the play-off contenders. They aren’t too far away from the top six at the moment, but they are the lowest scorers of any of the top 15 teams in the division and that could prove to be an issue later down the line.
Brentford: 4th – played 22 – won 11 – drew 8 – lost 3 – 41 points
Luton: 12th – played 24 – won 9 – drew 6 – lost 9 – 33 points
Prutton predicts: 2-1
Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough
It’s taken a fair while, but now things are finally starting to click for Chris Hughton at Forest. They went through a really rough patch at the tail end of last year, where they found both goals and wins hard to come by, and now, having weathered that storm, are now seven unbeaten in all competitions, with just three goals conceded in that time.
A goal from Birmingham’s Scott Hogan dealt Boro a defeat by the narrowest of margins at the weekend and Neil Warnock will be keen to get the promotion charge back on track here. This will be an intriguing match-up and, as a result, I can’t split them.
N Forest: 19th – played 24 – won 6 – drew 7 – lost 11 – 25 points
Middlesbrough: 7th – played 23 – won 10 – drew 6 – lost 7 – 36 points
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Watford vs Barnsley
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 2-2 draw between the two sides.
In the two side’s previous game, the Hornets came away with a 2-0 win against Huddersfield whilst Barnsley lost 2-0 at Swansea.
Watford: 5th – played 23 – won 11 – drew 7 – lost 5 – 40 points
Barnsley: 10th – played 24 – won 10 – drew 4 – lost 10 – 34 points
Cardiff vs QPR
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 1-1 between the two sides.
In the two side’s previous game, Cardiff fell to a 2-1 loss at Norwich, whereas QPR beat Luton 2-0.
Cardiff: 15th – played 23 – won 8 – drew 5 – lost 10 – 29 points
QPR: 20th – played 23 – won 5 – drew 9 – lost 9 – 24 points
Huddersfield vs Millwall
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 2-1 win for Huddersfield.
In the two side’s previous game, the Terriers lost 2-0 away to Watford, whilst Millwall were beat 3-1 against Nottingham Forest.
Huddersfield: 14th – played 24 – won 9 – drew 4 – lost 11 – 31 points
Millwall: 16th – played 23 – won 5 – drew 11 – lost 7 – 26 points
Birmingham vs Preston
The score prediction that David Prutton has predicted for this Championship fixture is a 1-0 win in favour of Preston.
In the two side’s previous game, Birmingham managed to beat Middlesbrough 1-0 away from home whereas Preston lost 2-0 against Brsitol City.
Birmingham: 18th – played 24 – won 6 – drew 8 – lost 10 – 26 points
Preston: 13th – played 24 – won 10 – drew 2 – lost 12 – 32 points