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David Prutton's EFL predictions: Final-day drama
Last Updated: 06/05/17 7:54pm
David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions and takes a look at the final-day fixtures in the Championship.
You can watch the drama unfold on Sky Sports as Forest host Ipswich on Sky Sports 3 and Blackburn visit Brentford on Sky Sports 5.
Read on to find out what Prutton is predicting...
Brentford v Blackburn (Championship, Sunday, Sky Sports 5, 11.55am)
For the three teams scrapping at the bottom, I've just got a feeling Blackburn will pull out a performance that keeps them up.
Brentford have been superb this season, especially when you consider they have lost key players like Scott Hogan.
But Blackburn will feel aggrieved at what happened elsewhere last week - the Huddersfield result at Birmingham particularly - and that should get them going.
A huge away win ultimately keeps them up!
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich (Championship, Sunday, Sky Sports 3, 11.30am)
I've got Blackburn and Forest winning, which sends Birmingham down. Sorry Brum.
It's all or nothing for Forest now after going down to QPR and losing. I've heard they will pack out the City Ground and you hope they can use that to their advantage.
If they can stay up, there's a few positives to take forward with Mark Warburton in charge, and I think they will edge a tight, cagey affair.
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds: 13/2)
Bristol City v Birmingham (Championship, Sunday, 12pm)
Birmingham did well against Huddersfield, particularly when down to 10 men, while lots has been made about David Wagner's changes.
That was still a strong Terriers side and if they get punished for fielding a team like that, it's absolutely ridiculous. It's a good bunch of players!
This could be a game too far for Birmingham, though. Bristol City played very well against Brighton, soaking up a lot of pressure, and their excellent recent run of form has propelled them up the table.
All credit to Birmingham but I feel Bristol City have the bit between their teeth and a draw here sends the visitors down on goal difference.
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds: 11/2)
Aston Villa v Brighton (Championship, Sunday, 12pm)
It's been a strange few weeks for Brighton since sealing promotion. Their main aim was achieved superbly but they have laboured somewhat since then.
Being away from home might help them a little bit. It was a wonderful atmosphere at the Amex against Bristol City but sometimes that leads to stage-fright.
I'm tipping them to squeak past Villa and seal the title. What a campaign.
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)
Newcastle v Barnsley (Championship, Sunday, 12pm)
If Brighton win, there is nothing Newcastle can do.
I still think they will beat Barnsley, they have been very professional all season and that continues until the final day.
It's been a wonderful campaign for Barnsley, who have consolidated after losing so many players. But because of what's at stake for Newcastle, I think they win.
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)
Wigan v Leeds (Championship, Sunday, 12pm)
If you compare Leeds' squad to the other play-off sides, and particularly the two that went up automatically, I think Garry Monk has done brilliantly.
They have just run out of steam at the wrong time.
I can see them going to Wigan and doing well, it's just a shame it comes a little too late for their play-off hopes.
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds: 15/2)
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham (Championship, Sunday, 12pm)
Both teams will want to go into the play-offs with momentum but I don't think it's necessarily a bad idea to rest a few players.
Obviously if Huddersfield get penalised for what they did last week, it may make Carlos Carvalhal and Slavisa Jokanovic think twice.
Regardless, you get the sense Fulham will be playing with freedom after that amazing late surge so perhaps they will keep their foot down.
Either way, it should whet the appetite nicely for the play-offs.
PRUTTON PREDICTS: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds: 11/1)