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David Prutton's EFL predictions: Sheffield Wednesday host Sheffield United in Steel City derby
Last Updated: 23/09/17 7:40am
David Prutton returns with his latest round of predictions ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet EFL matches.
But who is our resident expert tipping for victory? Read on to find out...
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest, Saturday from 5.15pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
Aston Villa have got to win this for me. They're undefeated in the league in five now, and while they've got a few too many draws in there it looks like things are coming together.
Both sides suffered disappointing losses in midweek, but they made so many changes between them that it should make too much of a difference. Nottingham Forest are in 10th at the moment, and if they find themselves there at the end of the season them I'm sure Mark Warburton will be delighted.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 and Keinan Davis to score first (25/1 with Sky Bet)
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United, Sunday from 12.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football
The first Steel City derby in more than five years and what an occasion this is going to be! Sheffield United find themselves ahead of Sheffield Wednesday in the table heading into the weekend, but the Blades are surely underdogs at Hillsborough.
The Blades have had a cracking start to the season, despite being beaten by Norwich at home last week, and Chris Wilder will send his side out to attack on Sunday.
That could play into Wednesday's hands, though, who have found a bit of form lately and I think they'll get the three points.
Prutton predicts: 3-1 with Gary Hooper to score first (55/1 with Sky Bet)
Bolton v Brentford, Saturday 3pm
You've got two teams looking not to get beaten here so it could be a bit of a stalemate. I think it will be a bit of a cautious game at the Macron Stadium.
I think Bolton are just going to edge it, though, and get a much-needed win to lift them off the bottom of the table.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (11/1 with Sky Bet)
Derby v Birmingham, Saturday 3pm
Will there be an upturn under Lee Carsley? Birmingham acted a bit prematurely in sacking Harry Redknapp I think after giving him licence to sign so many players in the summer. There are good players there now it's just about someone getting them going.
Derby are the perfect example of how unpredictable the Sky Bet Championship is. They thumped Hull 5-0 one week then got hammered at Bristol City the next. Gary Rowett will want a result against his former club, but I've just got a feeling that Birmingham may nick a shock win.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)
Fulham v Middlesbrough, Saturday 3pm
This is as good as a flip of a coin at Craven Cottage as far as I'm concerned. It's the start of a tough week for Fulham as they face Middlesbrough before quickfire trips to Nottingham Forest and QPR.
They'll want a win on Saturday but Slavisa Jokanovic and Garry Monk would probably both take a point from this one, so I'm going for a draw.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Leeds v Ipswich, Saturday 3pm
In a strange way Leeds losing last week may not have been too bad for them in the long run. I fancied them to win at Millwall but a defeat may have taken the pressure off a little bit.
They made a lot of changes in the week against Burnley but still got a good result so there won't be an end to the feel-good factor at Elland Road, and they'll have too much for Ipswich on Saturday.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Sunderland v Cardiff, Saturday 3pm
Cardiff have had a bit of a reality check in recent weeks after their fantastic start, but Neil Warnock won't be too worried by their drop-off. He'll fancy them to get a result at Sunderland, who have been atrocious at home so far this season.
I keep saying that Simon Grayson needs time to turn things around at the Stadium of Light, and he'll do that if the owners let him. But I reckon they'll be heading towards a fourth home defeat in five this weekend.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (17/2 with Sky Bet)
Wolves v Barnsley, Saturday 3pm
Barnsley were well and truly overpowered by Aston Villa last Saturday, and I think they could suffer the same fate against Wolves at Molineux. I'd love for Paul Heckingbottom's side to do well but I can't see them getting a result here.
Wolves are collecting good results by narrow scorelines as they work their way up the table, but I think they could put a few past Barnsley.
Prutton predicts: 3-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)