David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures, but who is he tipping for victory?
Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday, Fri 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
What a game we have in store at Bramall Lane! It looked until a couple of weeks ago like these two sides could both be competing in the top six, but Sheffield Wednesday have slipped off badly with four straight defeats.
United have dipped a little lately as well, winning just one of their last four games, but they are still well in the thick of the promotion battle and would love to pile more misery upon their big rivals. I have a feeling it will be close, but I’ve got to go for a home win.
Prutton predicts: 3-2 (28/1 with Sky Bet)
Sheff Utd vs Sheff Wed
November 9, 2018, 7:00pm
West Brom v Leeds, Sat 5.30pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
On paper this is a heavyweight clash between two sides vying for automatic promotion this season, but West Brom have gone right off the boil in their last few games. The goals have dried up and they have slipped out of the top six.
Leeds are top heading into the weekend but, chances, are, they will not be there by kick-off at The Hawthorns. I fancy them to be back on top by the end of the day on Saturday though. Away win.
Prutton predicts: 1-3 (20/1 with Sky Bet)
W Brom vs Leeds
November 10, 2018, 5:15pm
Derby v Aston Villa, Sat 3pm
You worried a little for Derby when they fell behind against Birmingham last weekend. Had they run out of steam after such a demanding run of fixtures? They answered that emphatically.
Aston Villa put in one of their best performances of the season against Bolton and you can certainly see some improvements being made under Dean Smith. This is a really tough trip for them, however. Rams win for me.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)
Nottingham Forest v Stoke, Sat 3pm
Nottingham Forest have found their way into the top six after a great recent run that has been inspired by the goals of Lewis Grabban.
Stoke would love to have a striker that prolific at their disposal, but it has not quite happened for Benik Afobe so far. Gary Rowett’s side have tightened up defensively of late, though, and I cannot split these two. Score draw.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
QPR v Brentford, Sat 3pm
Considering the way these two sides started this season it’s incredible to think that QPR are above Brentford in the table heading into this west London derby!
Full credit to Steve McClaren for the way he has silenced the doubters lately, while in the opposition dugout there is Thomas Frank, who would have been hugely relieved himself to get a first win last week. I do, however, fancy QPR to edge this one.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Reading v Ipswich, Sat 3pm
What a big win that was for Reading and Paul Clement against Bristol City last week. To get pegged back twice but still win the game showed terrific levels of resolve that they haven’t shown in the past this season.
Paul Lambert looked like he was heading for a win in his first game against Preston last week before those late Paul Gallagher heroics! This is another big chance for him to get off the mark but I think the Royals will claim three points here.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Prutton’s other predictions (All Saturday 3pm kick-off)
Birmingham v Hull: 1-0 (11/2)
Blackburn v Rotherham: 2-0 (13/2)
Bolton v Swansea: 0-2 (17/2)
Bristol City v Preston: 2-2 (14/1)
Middlesbrough v Wigan: 1-0 (5/1)
Norwich v Millwall: 3-1 (14/1)
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