David Prutton’s midweek EFL Championship predictions have been revealed this week, and as always he’s got plenty to say on each of them.
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 all twelve Championship matches.
After looking at 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 standings. See what he scores he went with below…
Blackburn vs Reading
David said: When Blackburn have managed to get into the groove this season, they have been ruthless. Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Coventry was their third league win this term and, in those three games, they have hit 13 unanswered goals.
As impressive as that is, Tuesday’s opponents Reading, have only conceded a solitary goal in their opening seven games.
Veljko Paunovic has got the Royals sauntering along nicely, with a healthy five-point cushion between themselves and second-placed Bristol City, meaning a draw will not do them too much harm.
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Swansea vs Stoke
David said: Swansea have just started to stutter, having picked up only two points from their last three games.
They were crying out for a killer touch to edge them past Bristol City at the weekend but Nahki Wells’ penalty seven minutes from time took the wind out of their sails when a first victory since October 3 was within touching distance.
The first-half performance against Brentford outlined what Stoke are capable of inflicting on much-fancied teams, yet a lack of concentration to allow the Bees to pull two goals back showed there is still work for Michael O’Neill to do. I cannot split these two.
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Wycombe vs Watford
David said: There have been signs of improvement for Wycombe of late and that last-gasp Mario Vrancic winner for Norwich last time out was a real kick in the teeth, meaning their search for their first second-tier point continues.
They come up against a Watford side who were so stubborn in defence against Bournemouth and showed just why they have not conceded more than one goal in each of their games so far. Routine away win here, for me.
Prutton predicts: 1-3
Bournemouth vs Bristol City
David said: That Chris Mepham equaliser for Bournemouth against Watford was as dramatic as they come! The Wales defender preserved one of only two unbeaten records in the Championship and kept the Cherries within touching distance of the summit.
It has not been plain sailing for Dean Holden’s Bristol City since the international break and improvement is needed quickly if they want to keep up the pace.
I will definitely be keeping an eye on this game, which I think Bournemouth will just about edge.
Prutton predicts: 2-1
Derby vs Cardiff
David said: The pressure remains on Derby boss Phillip Cocu at the moment but things just are not going his way at the moment.
The Rams have missed the presence of Wayne Rooney in the last two games and Cocu said his side were “robbed” after Kamil Jozwiak’s goal was disallowed in the 1-1 East Midlands derby draw with Nottingham Forest.
Cardiff squeezed past Preston on October 17, but other than that, they have really struggled to convert wins into draws of late, leaving them languishing in the bottom half of the table.
I am going for a draw, though it would not really help either.
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Luton vs Nott’m Forest
David said: I am still impressed by the way in which Nathan Jones has transformed Luton from a side who looked doomed to relegation last term into one that is sitting comfortably in mid-table in the space of just a few months.
Chris Hughton has enjoyed an unbeaten start to life as Forest boss and though the project remains in its infancy, he has got them gradually climbing back up the table, which will relieve fans after those four straight wins at the start. Score draw.
Prutton predicts: 2-2
Barnsley vs QPR
David Prutton has predicted that Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers will come away with a 1-0 win. The Tykes drew 1-1 with Millwall at the weekend whilst QPR drew blank with Birmingham.
Barnsley: 21st – played 7 – won 0 – drew 4 – lost 3 – 4 points
QPR: 16th – played 7 – won 1 – drew 4 – lost 2 – 7 points
Brentford vs Norwich
David Prutton has predicted that Thomas Frank’s Brentford will end up winning 1-0. The Bees lost 3-2 against Stoke whilst Norwich beat Wycombe 2-1 on Saturday.
Brentford: 11th – played 7 – won 3 – drew 1 – lost 3 – 10 points
Norwich: 5th – played 7 – won 4 – drew 1 – lost 2 – 13 points
Middlesbrough vs Coventry
David Prutton has predicted that Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough will win 2-1 against the Sky Blues who were hammered 4-0 by Blackburn on Saturday. Boro drew 1-1 with Cardiff.
Middlesbrough: 13th – played 7 – won 2 – drew 4 – lost 1 – 10 points
Coventry: 20th – played 7 – won 1 – drew 2 – lost 4 – 5 points
Preston vs Millwall
David Prutton has predicted that Gary Rowett’s Millwall will do enough to come out victorious by a scoreline of 1-0. The Lions drew 1-1 to Barnsley at the weekend whilst Preston beat Huddersfield 2-1.
Preston: 12th – played 7 – won 3 – drew 1 – lost 3 – 10 points
Millwall: 6th – played 7 – won 3 – drew 3 – lost 1 – 12 points
Birmingham vs Huddersfield
David Prutton has predicted that Carlos Corberan’s Terriers side will end up winning 2-1 after losing to Preston by the same scoreline on Saturday.
Birmingham: 17th – played 7 – won 1 – drew 4 – lost 2 – 7 points
Huddersfield: 14th – played 7 – won 3 – drew 1 – lost 3 – 10 points
Rotherham vs Sheffield Wed
David Prutton has predicted that Garry Monk’s men will win 2-1 against the Millers following a defeat to Luton at the weekend.
Rotherham: 18th – played 7 – won 1 – drew 3 – lost 3 – 6 points
Sheff Wed: 24th – played 7 – won 2 – drew 2 – lost 3 – -4 points
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