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David Prutton's EFL predictions: Wolves host Aston Villa, Birmingham visit table-topping Cardiff
Last Updated: 13/10/17 7:15pm
David Prutton returns with his predictions ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet EFL matches...
But who is our resident expert tipping for victory? Read on to find out...
Wolves v Aston Villa, Saturday 5.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
Now this is a big game. Two teams who will be aiming for the top two, regardless of what their respective managers say, meet in the evening game on Saturday and Molineux and it should be a fascinating clash.
Villa have been on a bit of a resurgence lately, but their fixture list has been quite kind and a trip to Wolves will be a real test for them. I have to back the home side to lay down a marker.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 with Leo Bonatini to score first (28/1 with Sky Bet)
Wolves vs A Villa
October 14, 2017, 5:15pm
Derby v Nottingham Forest, Sunday 1.15pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
It's as nicely balanced a game as we could have wished for. Both sides have shown inconsistency so far this season, and it's a good chance for either to lay down a marker and try and get on a run, which they're both in desperate need of.
The Derby fans will be in full voice and Forest will also travel in good numbers. It'll make for a real test of the players' nerves and their mental state, as any big derby game is. It will be open, but I can't split the two.
Prutton predicts: 2-2 with Daryl Murphy to score first (75/1 with Sky Bet)
Derby vs N Forest
October 15, 2017, 1:00pm
Barnsley v Middlesbrough, Saturday 3pm
This could be an entertaining game at Oakwell. You never really know with Barnsley but they had a great result at Millwall before the international break and Paul Heckingbottom will want to keep that momentum going.
Middlesbrough still haven't really quite gelled yet as they get used to the new style under Garry Monk, but they've always got goals in their side and I fancy a high-scoring draw.
Prutton predicts: 2-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday 3pm
More misery for Bolton here for me. It doesn't look like they have a way out of this run of results for me and every game in the Sky Bet Championship can seem incredibly tough at times like these.
Carlos Carvalhal wouldn't have wanted the international break after the fantastic win against Leeds, but with the form Bolton are in, it's the perfect game for Sheffield Wednesday to get another three points.
Prutton predicts: 0-2 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Leeds v Reading, Saturday 3pm
It looked at one stage like Leeds could storm it this season, but such is the nature of the division that they quickly got dragged back in. Thomas Christiansen will have issues to address after that thumping defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but having Liam Cooper back from suspension in defence will help a lot.
Reading, meanwhile, have had a really poor couple of months and Jaap Stam is starting to feel the heat a bit. This was the kind of game they would have fancied themselves in last season, but I just feel this will be a Leeds win.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Norwich v Hull, Saturday 3pm
These are two sides, like so many others, who would have harboured hopes of promotion at the start of the season. Norwich have been creeping up the league after a bit of a resurgence as they adjust to life under Daniel Farke and his methods.
Hull, meanwhile, had a fantastic win over Birmingham before the international break but they still have plenty of work to do to get themselves back into contention near the top. Narrow home win for me.
Prutton predicts: 1-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Sheffield United v Ipswich, Saturday 3pm
Sheffield United's momentum was halted a little by that defeat to Nottingham Forest, but we've seen before this season that Chris Wilder knows how to get his side to bounce back quickly.
Ipswich aren't right up there as they were at the start of the season, and their recent form suggests a level of inconsistency that could cost them. I feel the Blades will nick the three points.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Plymouth v Shrewsbury, Saturday 3pm
Bottom hosts top in Sky Bet League One! Plymouth just have not got used to life back in the third tier yet and it doesn't get much tougher than this.
Shrewsbury are still the only team unbeaten in the whole EFL and I can't see that run coming to an end on Saturday. Paul Hurst has done a fantastic job there, considering they were tipped to be down there near where Plymouth are at the start of the season.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Wycombe v Exeter, Saturday 3pm
A bit of a heavyweight clash in League Two this. Exeter got themselves back to the top last week and Paul Tisdale will want to keep them there after slipping off recently.
Wycombe are a little better away from home than at Adams Park, but I think they'll battle their way to a draw here.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)