David Prutton’s final Championship table and playoff semi-final predictions have been revealed ahead of some more much anticipated fixtures starting Sunday.
The former footballer turned pundit has given score predictions for every round of the Championship, and now that has been put into a table to see how it compares with the final standings.
He was accurate for much of the table, however there were some teams with a huge different in position.
Though their predicted points totals were significantly inflated in the predicted table, Leeds and West Brom would have finished in the automatic places – in alternate positions, of course.
“They are the best in the division on their day, so it is not too far beyond comprehension to predict they are going to win more than they have,” Prutton said when he ran the rule over his predictions during the division’s suspension back in April.
Elsewhere, had the final day drama that saw Nottingham Forest finish outside the play-offs not taken place, there would have been only one incorrect team in the predicted top six, with Preston actually finishing four points off the pace in ninth.
And while none of Prutton’s predicted bottom three were relegated, his predictions would have seen Charlton and Hull occupy top half positions, though they actually returned to League One on the final day of the season.
Now you have seen David Prutton’s final Championship table, it’s time to see those playoff semi-final predictions, and it’s caused a stir online…
SWANSEA v BRENTFORD
David said: “Well, the final day of the regular season certainly exceeded expectations and Swansea were one of the biggest benefactors, finishing inside the top six for the first time since mid-January at the expense of Nottingham Forest. Though I feel for Forest, they had recorded too many draws towards the end, whereas Steve Cooper’s men kicked on and lost just twice and even then it was only by a single goal each time.
“Brentford will no doubt be feeling a bit gutted after coming so close to automatic promotion for a second time inside a week and passing up the opportunity after that defeat to Barnsley. Thomas Frank continues to insist his side take their promotion push one game at a time but I think they’ll be up for this against a side who will fancy their chances. I think this first leg will end all square, setting up a tense finale at Griffin Park.”
SCORE PREDICTION: Swansea 1-1 Brentford, Sunday 6.30pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
CARDIFF v FULHAM
David said: “The Bluebirds stuttered at the start of the season, but their form since Neil Harris took over in November has been brilliant – they lost just six of his 30 league games in charge – and they fully deserve their place in the play-offs. They ended the season by winning three on the spin, too, which will do their confidence the world of good.
“It hasn’t always been pretty, but Fulham have been almost unbeatable since the restart in June with their ability to grind out results at the right time. They got back under way with two defeats, which ultimately knocked them from top-two contention but have conceded just five goals in the seven games since. This will be very tight, but I’m backing Cardiff to edge it.”
SCORE PREDICTION: Cardiff 1-0 Fulham, Monday 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
HEAD TO HEAD RESULTS (THIS SEASON):
SWANSEA 0-3 BRENTFORD – 22 Oct 2019
CARDIFF 1-1 FULHAM – 30 Aug 2019
BRENTFORD 3-1 SWANSEA – 26 Dec 2019
FULHAM 2-0 CARDIFF – 10 Jul 2020
TEAM W-D-L GD PTS
Brentford | 5-1-0 | +5 | 16
Fulham | 3-1-2 | +1 | 10
Cardiff | 1-3-2 | -2 | 5
Swansea | 0-1-5 | -7 | 1
3-0 W v Swansea
3-1 W v Swansea
1-0 W v Fulham
0-2 W v Fulham
2-1 W v Cardiff
2-2 D v Cardiff
0-1 L v Brentford
0-2 L v Brentford
1-1 D v Cardiff
2-0 W v Cardiff
2-1 W v Swansea
1-0 W v Swansea
1-1 D v Fulham
0-2 L v Fulham
1-2 L v Brentford
2-2 D v Brentford
1-0 W v Swansea
0-0 D v Swansea
0-3 L v Brentford
1-3 L v Brentford
0-1 L v Cardiff
0-0 D v Cardiff
1-2 L v Fulham
0-1 L v Fulham
Fans reacted as David Prutton’s final Championship table and playoff semi-final predictions were revealed…
Fucking terribly. He had Hull in 9th 😂
— Aaron Snowdon (@aaron_snowdon) July 25, 2020
Hull 9th 🤣
— Tom (@tombury89) July 25, 2020
Hi David 👋 pic.twitter.com/D7FiwSVef1
— Chris (@clews123) July 25, 2020
Got that one wrong on swans !
— Huw Hales (@johnhuwhales) July 25, 2020
Can we have a new expert please as this one is certainly not up to the task
— Mike Cartlidge (@mcartlidge9) July 25, 2020
Luton in 14th and stoke rock bottom 😂 he’s definitely smoking some drugs
— Tom (@Tom45236920) July 25, 2020
Not his precious Florist 😂🐏
— Andy Vallans (@AndyVallans64) July 25, 2020
Hull in 9th…..🤣
— BM (@BMHoops04) July 25, 2020
I think he needs to give up, he’s as useless as @FourFourTwo
— Matt Bell (@mattbell40) July 25, 2020
Just to confirm (not that I really needed confirmation), but David Prutton is a cunt. https://t.co/B3ai25GZbO
— Thomas (@MrTommyWilliams) July 24, 2020
Hull, Luton, Swansea and Derby predictions are all laughable.
— Rob Davenport (@robertd4venport) July 24, 2020
One of the worst ‘pundits’ going… honestly no idea how he’s in the job.
— Matt (@SCFC_Dalgarno) July 24, 2020
Should lose his job after that …
— Max (@max9scfc) July 25, 2020
To be fair the championship is very difficult to predict, anyone and I mean anyone could be promoted or relegated!
— Steven Noble 💛💙 (@StevenNoble) July 24, 2020
Did he play for forest by any chance?? Completely biased
— paul hemstock (@phemstock) July 24, 2020
— Regan 🏆🤍💙💛 (@rgnhnds) July 24, 2020