Pruttons championship predictions


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Blackburn vs Reading, Tuesday 7:45 p.m. – Live on Sky Sports Football Red Button

When Blackburn managed to get into the groove this season they were ruthless. The 4-0 win against Coventry on Saturday was their third league win of the season. In those three games they have scored 13 unanswered goals.

As impressive as that is, Tuesday's opponent Reading has only conceded a single goal in their first seven games. Veljko Paunovic has got the Royals going well, with a healthy five-point cushion between himself and runner-up Bristol City, meaning a draw won't do them too much damage.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)

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Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m.

Swansea vs Stoke, Tuesday 7:45 p.m. – Live at Sky Sports Arena

Swansea has just started stuttering after scooping just two points in their last three games. They wanted a killer touch at the weekend to get past Bristol City but Nahki Wells' penalty seven minutes to go took the wind out of their sails as a first win since October 3 was within reach.

The first-half performance against Brentford showed what Stoke is capable of inflicting on the high-profile teams, but the lack of focus that allows the Bees to retract two goals showed that Michael O'Neill still has much to do Has. I cannot separate these two.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Wycombe vs Watford, Tuesday 7:45 p.m. – Live on Sky Sports Football

There have been signs of improvement for Wycombe lately and Mario Vrancic's last win for Norwich last time was a real kick in the teeth which means the quest for the first point of the second stage continues.

They meet a team from Watford who have been so tenacious in their defense against Bournemouth and have shown why they have conceded no more than one goal in each of their games. Routine away win here for me.

Prutton predicts: 1-3 (Sky Bet odds)

Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m.

Start at 7:45 p.m.

Bournemouth v Bristol City Wednesday 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football Red Button

Chris Mepham's equalizer for Bournemouth against Watford was as dramatic as it comes! The Wales defender maintained one of only two undefeated records in the championship and kept the cherries within reach of the summit.

Sailing has not been easy for Dean Holden's Bristol City as the international break and improvement are needed quickly if they are to keep up the pace. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this game and I think Bournemouth will just barely do it.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)

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Wednesday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m.

Derby v Cardiff, Wednesday 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football Red Button

The pressure on Derby boss Phillip Cocu remains at the moment, but things just aren't going that way right now. The Rams have missed Wayne Rooney's presence in their last two games and Cocu said his side were "robbed" after Kamil Jozwiak's goal was denied in the 1-1 draw in the East Midlands derby against Nottingham Forest.

Cardiff dodged Preston on October 17th, but otherwise they really struggled to convert wins into draws and languish in the bottom half of the table. I'm going to draw, although it won't really help either.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Luton v Nottingham Forest, Wednesday at 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football

Lyle Taylor equalized for Nottingham Forest

I'm still impressed with the way Nathan Jones has transformed Luton from a team that was doomed to relegation last season to a team that is comfortably in midfield in just a few months.

Chris Hughton has got off to an unbeaten start to life as Forest boss and although the project is still in its infancy, he has gradually got it back on the table, which will relieve the fans after these four wins in a row at the beginning. Result drawing.

Prutton predicts: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds)

Wednesday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m.

Start at 7:45 p.m.

Prutton's other predictions

Barnsley v QPR (Tuesday, 7pm): 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Brentford v Norwich (Tuesday, 7.45pm): 1-0 (Sky Bet odds)

Middlesbrough v Coventry (Tuesday 7.45pm): 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Preston v Millwall (Wed 7pm): 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Birmingham v Huddersfield (Wed 7.45pm): 1-2 (Sky Bet odds)

Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday (Wed 7.45pm): 1-2 (Sky Bet odds)


Steven Gregory