David Prutton's EFL play-off predictions: Fulham face Reading, Huddersfield take on Sheffield Wednesday

David Prutton

David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL play-off predictions across the Championship and League Two.

Play-off season is in full swing with the first-legs of both Sky Bet Championship and League Two semi-finals taking place live on Sky Sports this weekend.

Who is Prutton tipping? Let's find out...

Fulham v Reading (Sky Bet Championship, Saturday from 5.15pm, live on Sky Sports 2)

Although Reading are arguably the most straightforward side to predict out of the four teams in the play-offs - in terms of their results and style of play - this will be a tough test.

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Fulham aren't your typical side that finish sixth as they've looked an obvious gatecrasher to the play-off scene for a long time. Slavisa Jokanovic's men have maintained their momentum and fully deserve their spot. This game will be a clash of styles. Reading like to keep the ball while Fulham play a dynamic game where their full-backs provide a key tactic in what they do.

I've got a feeling Fulham will be strong at Craven Cottage. Reading will want to make it a cagey affair, which could just suit Fulham, who have scored in each of their last 17 league matches.

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PRUTTON PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds: 10/1)

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Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday (Championship, Sunday from 11.30am, live on Sky Sports 2)

This has got all the makings of a classic play-off encounter over the two legs. Although it's not a blockbuster Yorkshire derby like a Sheffield derby, it's still bound to be fierce solely because of what's at stake.

David Wagner might just have his team to peak at the perfect time and if they come through this tie, his reputation will be enhanced further. After managing his squad in recent weeks, Wagner now has two games where he can send his team out to go hell for leather in order to reach Wembley.

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner
Image: Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner

Huddersfield find themselves in a similar position to what Wednesday were in last season: wide eyed and not knowing what to expect from these types of matches. That could be a big positive.

However, Wednesday, with their experience and the added strength in depth within their squad, could have the edge in that regard.

This tie will go down to the final stages of the second-leg, so I'm firmly on the fence for Sunday's clash.

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PRUTTON PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)

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Blackpool v Luton Town (League Two, Sunday from 6.15pm, live on Sky Sports 2)

As we saw in the League One play-offs, all these play-off first legs are bound to be closely-fought encounters, then will open up in the second-leg. I can see that happening in this clash against two well-matched teams.

Luton have attempted to play their way out of League Two and they're just two ties away from achieving it. They need to be commended on their recruitment - Nathan Jones has built a team full of talented footballers, including Danny Hylton and Isaac Vassell, who have been in great form in front of goal of late.

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Gary Bowyer has done a magnificent job to draw attention away from Blackpool's off-field issues. How scary is it to think that this time six years ago they were battling for survival in the Premier League. It's great to see them moving in the right direction again.

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PRUTTON PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)

Carlisle United v Exeter (League Two, Sunday, 6.30pm)

What a slog of a journey for the fans and players of both teams. You'd think that the home team will have a slight advantage in both legs as they will be slightly fresher. It will be interesting to see if either club fork out to fly to the away leg as it would be a huge edge in terms of preparation. I fancy Keith Curle's men to take a lead back down south.

PRUTTON PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)

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