David Prutton’s EFL Championship score predictions have been revealed this week, and 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 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 league table. See what he scores he went with below…
Blackburn vs Middlesbrough
Before Blackburn’s defeat to Swansea at the weekend, I mentioned their defensive frailties, which were evident again in a 2-0 defeat.
Tony Mowbray’s side had a good start but have lost four of their last five and that may set some alarm bells ringing at Ewood Park.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough continue to improve under Neil Warnock and they seem to have regained the defensive solidity that had become synonymous with Boro in recent years.
They’ve not set the world alight with their performances on the road but have taken five points from those games and I think they’ll extend their eight-game unbeaten run here.
Prutton predicts: 1-2
Brentford vs Swansea
A routine 3-0 win against Luton at Kenilworth Road got Brentford back on track after a disappointing week in which they lost to Stoke and were unfortunate not to beat Norwich at the Brentford Community Stadium.
This is a repeat of the play-off semi-final between the two back in July and Swansea have returned with a vengeance.
Steve Cooper will be itching to set the record straight, but with both Ivan Toney and Marcus Forss in such good goalscoring form for the Bees, the Swans might not have enough.
Prutton predicts: 3-2
Cardiff vs Barnsley
The Bluebirds ended a run of three successive 1-1 draws with that last-gasp defeat against QPR and boss Neil Harris admitted that he’d “never been so angry after a game.” His side needs to start converting those draws into wins if they want to challenge at the top of the division.
What a start it’s been for new Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael! Things were starting to move in the right direction prior to the Frenchman’s arrival, but they’ve taken seven points from three games since his arrival and look impressive, particularly with Saturday’s win over Watford. A score draw, for me.
Prutton predicts: 2-2
Birmingham vs Wycombe
Aitor Karanka’s reign as Blues boss had got off to a pretty unassuming start, with just one win in the opening seven games, but now they have strung together two in a row and are picking up momentum.
They face a Wycombe side who are also beginning to adjust to the rigours of the division, however. Seven straight defeats made Gareth Ainsworth’s men look somewhat out of their depth, but they held Watford and moved to within two points of safety with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. I reckon they’ll get another point on the board here.
Prutton predicts: 1-1
Derby vs QPR
Phillip Cocu’s Derby just cannot buy a win at the moment. Bournemouth’s Rodrigo Riquelme struck late on to deny the Rams only their second win of the season at the weekend, meaning they remain in the relegation places going into this one.
Having lost a 2-0 lead when Cardiff visited the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last time out, QPR showed real grit to remain in the game and nicked a late three points thanks to Dominic Ball’s stunner, which was enough to win any game. Rangers will no doubt have a spring in their step, but I think Derby’s wait will end here.
Prutton predicts: 2-1
Watford vs Stoke
It has been a frustrating week for the Hornets, who will probably feel they should have got more than one point from trips to Wycombe and Barnsley, which could have seen them begin to put pressure on leaders Reading, who have now lost their unbeaten start.
Everything is starting to come together for Michael O’Neill at the Bet365 Stadium and his side got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Rotherham, which came courtesy of a James McClean goal. They are within touching distance of the top six and I think they’ll edge this one.
Prutton predicts: 0-1
We continue with a look at David Prutton’s EFL Championship predictions…
Huddersfield vs Bristol City
David Prutton has predicted that Huddersfield will end up winning 2-1 against Bristol City. The Terriers won 3-0 against Millwall at the weekend, whilst Bristol City lost 3-1 to Norwich.
Huddersfield: 12th – played 9 – won 4 – drew 1 – lost 4 – 13 points
Bristol City: 10th – played 9 – won 4 – drew 2 – lost 3 – 13 points
Norwich vs Millwall
David Prutton has predicted that these sides will draw 2-2. The Canaries pulled off a 3-1 win at Bristol City last time whilst Millwall lost 3-0 to Huddersfield.
Norwich: 4th – played 9 – won 5 – drew 2 – lost 2 – 17 points
Millwall: 7th – played 9 – won 4 – drew 3 – lost 2 – 15 points
Sheff Wed vs Bournemouth
David Prutton has predicted that Bournemouth will continue their fine form with a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday. The cherries drew with Derby last time out, and the Owls gave Wycombe their first win.
Sheff Wed: 24th – played 9 – won 2 – drew 2 – lost 5 – -4 points
Bournemouth: 3rd – played 9 – won 4 – drew 5 – lost 0 – 17 points
N Forest vs Coventry
David Prutton has predicted that this fixture will be a 1-1 draw. Nottingham Forest lost 1-0 against Middlesbrough, whereas Coventry beat league leaders Reading 3-2.
Nottingham Forest: 21st – played 9 – won 1 – drew 3 – lost 5 – 6 points
Coventry: 20th – played 9 – won 2 – drew 2 – lost 5 – 8 points
Reading vs Preston
David Prutton has predicted that it will be Alex Neil’s side coming out 2-1 winners. Reading had a blip in their previous game, losing 3-2 to Coventry, Preston also lost 2-1 to Birmingham.
Reading: 1st – played 9 – won 7 – drew 1 – lost 1 – 22 points
Preston: 16th – played 9 – won 3 – drew 1 – lost 5 – 10 points
Rotherham vs Luton
David Prutton has predicted that this fixture will be a 1-1 draw. Both teams lost last time out, Luton on the end of a 3-0 defeat to Brentford and Rotherham a 1-0 loss at Stoke.
Rotherham: 19th – played 9 – won 2 – drew 3 – lost 4 – 9 points
Luton: 13th – played 9 – won 4 – drew 1 – lost 4 – 13 points
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