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David Prutton's EFL predictions: Leeds to pile pressure on Sheffield Wednesday?
Last Updated: 29/09/17 7:39pm
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...
Reading v Norwich, Saturday 5.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
Not too many people would have been expecting Norwich to go to Middlesbrough and pull out a win on Tuesday night. From a poor start they're slowly climbing the table and Daniel Farke is starting to have an impact.
Reading, in the meantime, are having a bit of a disaster this season and don't appear to be over their play-off hangover yet. I fancy Norwich to get another good away win here.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 with Yanic Wildschut to score first (50/1 with Sky Bet)
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds, Sunday 12.15pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
Is Carlos Carvalhal starting to feel the strain? It's been a very poor week for his side after losing the Steel City derby then giving Birmingham their first win in a long time. The pressure is on now.
Leeds, meanwhile, got battered at Cardiff in midweek and, after two away defeats in a row in the Championship, will need to learn to keep things a bit tighter on the road. But Thomas Christiansen has impressed me so far and I think they'll nick it at Hillsborough.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 with Pierre-Michel Lasogga to score first (30/1 with Sky Bet)
Aston Villa v Bolton, Saturday 3pm
This could be a messy one. Bolton are having a bit of a nightmare, it's too early to say they're doomed but it's never a good sign when you can't score and can't stop conceding.
They're also meeting Aston Villa on an upswing, it's amazing how quickly things can change, and I think they'll put a few past Phil Parkinson's side.
Prutton predicts: 3-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Cardiff v Derby, Saturday 3pm
Cardiff looked like they'd hit a bump in the road a little while ago, but there's a real feel-good factor there now and they were superb against Leeds.
Derby are just a coin-flip every week as you never know which version of them is going to show up. But this is a home win for me.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Hull v Birmingham, Saturday 3pm
Birmingham have looked a better side with more direction in the last week or so and it was vital for them to finally get a victory in midweek.
Hull, meanwhile, are struggling now and are heading very much in the wrong direction. For me this is an away win.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United, Saturday 3pm
What a dream week it's been for Sheffield United. They were fantastic against Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday, while they were both good and fortuitous against Wolves in midweek. But they're riding on the crest of a wave and Chris Wilder has got some real momentum going.
I think they can go to the City Ground and get a result against a Nottingham Forest side that have been struggling a bit in the past couple of weeks. Blades win.
Prutton predicts: 0-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
Preston v Sunderland, Saturday 3pm
Will Simon Grayson be heading back to Deepdale and wishing he was sitting in the home dugout? Sunderland's form has been absolutely horrendous while Preston have been riding high. He took a very bold step but he's under real pressure now.
Alex Neil has offered a smooth transition when many thought they might struggle after Grayson left, and he'll be desperate to get three points here, which I think he will.
Prutton predicts: 0-2 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Bradford v Doncaster, Saturday 3pm
It was a bit of a shock to the system for Bradford to get turned over so badly at home in midweek, especially after such a good run of form.
Doncaster, meanwhile, have been slipping down the table a little, they lost the game very, very late in midweek after leading against Shrewsbury and I can't see them arresting that slump here.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (17/1 with Sky Bet)
Luton v Newport, Saturday 3pm
Who would have thought Newport would be riding high in seventh at this stage of the campaign? Especially after their last-ditch survival last season.
That being said, Luton have one of the best home records in the division and I can't see this being anything but a home win.
Prutton predicts: 1-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)