David Prutton's EFL predictions

Prutton's Predictions

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...

Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Saturday 5.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football

It had been a while Villa lost a game so that defeat at Derby last week, especially considering they're another promotion rival, was a bit of a setback for Steve Bruce's side.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, are now on an absolutely dreadful run of form and there's a decent chance they could slip out of the play-off places here. I think there will be goals here but I can't split the sides.

Prutton predicts: 2-2 with Albert Adomah to score first (50/1 with Sky Bet)

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Bolton v Cardiff, Saturday 3pm

Burton presented a real opportunity for Bolton to pick up three points and get themselves back out of the relegation zone, so to lose was a real blow.

They've got a chance to redeem themselves at the Macron here, but Cardiff present a very difficult challenge indeed. Neil Warnock's men are unbeaten in more than two months and are proving themselves to be genuine promotion contenders time and again. Away win.

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Prutton predicts: 0-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)

Derby v Millwall, Saturday 3pm

It's five wins in the last six games now for Derby, who have their sights firmly set on the top two now rather than just the top six.

They're up against a Millwall side who don't appear to be in too much relegation trouble but are still without a win on the road all season, and I can't see that changing here.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Derby and Aston Villa.

Leeds v Hull, Saturday 3pm

Three points for Leeds will lift them back into the play-off places this weekend, which is a great achievement considering how bad their form was a few weeks ago.

The defeat at Cardiff last weekend was a bit of a bump back down to earth for Nigel Adkins following the victory in his first game and to be honest I think it will be a similar result for them on Saturday.

Prutton predicts: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

QPR v Bristol City, Saturday 3pm

What more can we say about Bristol City? Excelling in the Championship and beating Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. What a season it has been for Lee Johnson and his side so far.

But it's back to reality for them now as they travel to QPR, who got a much-needed win at Birmingham last week, their first on the road all season, and Ian Holloway will want to use that to kick-start his side's revival. The Robins will still be on a high, though, and I can't see their run ending here. Away win.

Prutton predicts: 0-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.

Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough, Saturday 3pm

Is time running out for Carlos Carvalhal? You can't really judge any side for losing against Wolves, as they did last week, but the Owls are without a win in six now and they're running out of time to make a play-off push.

Garry Monk will be feeling the strain as well. Middlesbrough just can't ever seem to get a run going and they're also falling out of top-six contention. A draw here for me.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)

Sunderland v Birmingham, Saturday 3pm

Sunderland finally, finally ended that disastrous run at home last week! They may have scraped through against Fulham but on occasions like that it's just about the result rather than the performance.

It also lifted Chris Coleman's side out of the bottom three and that should give them confidence against Birmingham, who are rooted to the foot of the table. It won't be pretty, but I feel like this will be another narrow home win for the Black Cats.

Prutton predicts: 1-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship game between Sunderland and Fulham.

Wolves v Ipswich, Saturday 3pm

Wolves have proved in recent weeks that they're as capable of scrapping out narrow wins as they are of blowing teams away, and that will stand them in good stead over the busy festive period.

Ipswich have climbed their way back up the table and are knocking on the door of the top six again, but it's a big ask for them to get anything here. Three more points for Wolves.

Prutton predicts: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

AFC Wimbledon v Bradford, Saturday 3pm

AFC Wimbledon have been on a poor run in Sky Bet League One and now find themselves deep in relegation trouble.

They're up against one of the form sides in the league in Bradford, who have three wins on the spin and are closing in on the top two. Another win for the Bantams.

Prutton predicts: 0-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Southend and Bradford City.

Yeovil v Exeter, Saturday 3pm

Yeovil are another side on a dreadful run of form and they're slipping down towards the relegation zone in League Two.

This will be a tough ask for them to return to winning ways against an Exeter side battling for automatic promotion and I think Paul Tisdale's side will sneak the three points.

Prutton predicts: 0-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

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