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David Prutton's EFL predictions
Last Updated: 09/12/17 8:20am
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...
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Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday 5.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
Talk about two managers feeling the pressure! Norwich looked like they were on the up when they beat Ipswich at the end of the October to move into the top six, but it's been a nightmare since then as they've slumped right back down the table.
Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, are on a decent unbeaten stretch but they've drawn their last four games and they need to start winning those games to get up the table. Having said that, I think this will be another draw for them.
Prutton predicts: 2-2 with Gary Hooper to score first (55/1 with Sky Bet)
Reading v Cardiff, Monday 7.45pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
Very few people seem to be talking about Cardiff despite the fact they sit second in the table. That will please Neil Warnock though as he'll be more than happy to keep going about his business under the radar.
Reading have won their last two going into this game on Monday night and look to finally be hitting some form under Jaap Stam. This is a very tough game for them, though, and I'm backing Cardiff here.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 with Junior Hoilett to score first (50/1 with Sky Bet)
Aston Villa v Millwall, Saturday 3pm
Aston Villa got a decent point at Leeds last week but they still lost ground on the top two, and if they have their sights set on automatic promotion then they need to be winning games like this.
Millwall got a great result against Sheffield United to end their winless run, but their away form has been poor this season. Bit of a home banker for me.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Hull v Brentford, Saturday 3pm
Will Nigel Adkins get an immediate reaction from his players? He's been appointed very quickly following the dismissal of Leonid Slutsky and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
Brentford reacted brilliantly to beat Fulham last week after that collapse at QPR the week before. It shows the mental strength of Dean Smith's side as they continue to climb the table. I reckon the spoils will be shared at the KCOM.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Middlesbrough v Ipswich, Saturday 3pm
All of a sudden the pressure is on Garry Monk again. A poor run of results has seen them drop off the play-off pace and they've suffered bad defeats lately to key rivals Leeds, Derby and Bristol City.
Ipswich are above them in the table and you almost feel like Boro can't afford anything but three points here. But I think Mick McCarthy's side will be good for a point.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
QPR v Leeds, Saturday 3pm
QPR could really do with a victory here. They've only picked up a point from their last five games and they could get dragged right into the relegation battle if they don't improve soon.
Leeds, meanwhile, would have been disappointed not to hold on and beat Aston Villa last week, but they look to have really turned a corner now and I imagine they'll be back up in or really challenging for a top-six spot soon. Away win.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
Wolves v Sunderland, Saturday 3pm
It doesn't get any easier for Chris Coleman and Sunderland. The home game against Reading was a great opportunity to build some momentum and end their disastrous run at the Stadium of Light, but it all went wrong for them again and now they've got their toughest trip of the season.
Wolves proved against Birmingham on Monday night that they could win ugly, and that should bode well for them through the cold months of the season. This should be a comfortable home win.
Prutton predicts: 3-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)
Charlton v Portsmouth, Saturday 3pm
Now this is a big game in Sky Bet League One! Portsmouth are six points behind Charlton heading into the weekend, with the Addicks currently occupying the final play-off place, and will be desperate to win to start closing that gap.
Charlton's form has dipped a little of late, with just one victory in their last four, and will hope to get back to winning ways here to get back towards the automatic promotion spots. And I think they'll do just that!
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Luton v Notts County, Saturday 3pm
First hosts second in Sky Bet League Two! Only goal difference separates these two sides at the top, albeit a lot of goals as Luton have scored 48 and Notts County 35.
Both sides will want to win to lay down a marker and both managers will send their sides out to win the game. I'm backing goals here, and a narrow home victory.
Prutton predicts: 3-2 (22/1 with Sky Bet)
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