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David Prutton's EFL predictions
Last Updated: 21/04/18 4:22pm
David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of this weekend's fixtures, but who is he tipping for victory? Find out here...
Cardiff v Nottingham Forest, Saturday - Live on Sky Sports Football from 7.30pm
Despite all the pressure from Fulham, Cardiff are still in a position where if they win all their remaining games then they'll secure automatic promotion, and you can bet your life that Neil Warnock would have taken this position if he was offered it at the start of the season.
Nottingham Forest got a couple of desperately-needed goals and a win against Ipswich last Saturday to ease some of the frustration that was building there, but Cardiff will have too much for them. Home win.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Birmingham v Sheffield United, Saturday 3pm
Two defeats on the spin have left Birmingham right in trouble again just above the relegation zone, and they'll be feeling the pressure in front of their own fans at St Andrew's on Saturday.
Sheffield United will be going all out for victory in hopes of sneaking their way into the play-offs because another draw won't be enough for them. For some reason I think the Blues will sneak this one.
Prutton predicts: 1-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)
Bolton v Wolves, Saturday 3pm
Bolton would have been a massive step closer to safety if they'd managed to hold on for just a couple more minutes against Barnsley last Saturday, but they couldn't and it's left them right in the thick of the survival battle.
You wonder if Wolves will dip a little now they've secured promotion. It happened to Brighton last season and Bolton will certainly be hoping it happens to Nuno's side. I don't think he'll let that happen though. Away win.
Prutton predicts: 0-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Brentford v QPR, Saturday 3pm
Do Brentford still have a shot at the play-offs? It would seem unlikely but they'll be feeling very good about themselves after damaging Fulham's automatic promotion hopes with that last-gasp goal at the weekend.
QPR are safe in mid-table and you'd expect them to turn in a decent performance against their local rivals, but the Bees have more to play for and should overcome their opponents at Griffin Park.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Derby v Middlesbrough, Saturday 3pm
Derby simply shouldn't be in a position where they're on the outside of the play-offs looking in. When they beat Millwall 3-0 just before Christmas I never would have believed it in a million years that they'd be below the Lions at this stage of the season.
But their treacherous run of form means that's the situation they now find themselves in, and this is a massive game against a Boro side who know victory at Pride Park would leave them with one big foot in the play-offs. And I think they'll do just that.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Leeds v Barnsley, Saturday 3pm
Will Paul Heckingbottom be the man to push his old side further towards relegation? It will certainly make for interesting viewing at Elland Road on Saturday.
Leeds are treading water in the league now but their fans will be desperate for a performance from their side against their local rivals. Barnsley need a win, but I can't see them getting more than a draw.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Sunderland v Burton, Saturday 3pm
Both of these sides are still likely to go down this season but if either still have any hopes of survival then they must win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Sunderland will be so frustrated. They've led in their last three games but been pegged back every single time to draw, while Burton gave themselves a glimmer by beating Derby last time out. I think this will be another win for the Brewers.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Wycombe v Accrington, Saturday 3pm
What a story Accrington are, what a job John Coleman has done. They've done fantastically to achieve their first-ever promotion to the third tier, and they'll want to go on and bring home the silverware now.
Wycombe will be hoping that the party lasts until Saturday no doubt! They're third in the table heading into the weekend but that can all change very quickly, especially if they're beaten. And I reckon they will be.
Prutton predicts: 2-3 (33/1 with Sky Bet)
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