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Watford vs Burnley8pm Friday – Live on Sky Sports Football
This would be a great way to start the weekend, when two of the teams relegated from the Premier League go head-to-head. Curiously, both have four points from their opening two games, winning the first 1-0 and drawing the second 1-1.
Watford were fortunate to have a draw against West Brom on Monday night, and in the post-match article Rob Edwards admitted they finished second, while Burnley had to fight to keep Luton at bay a few days earlier. Both teams are still finding their feet in the Championship, so I’ll have a draw here.
Prutton predicts: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds)
Cardiff vs Birmingham12:30 Saturday – Live on Sky Sports Football
Cardiff made headlines with that win over Norwich in their first game of the season, but were then beaten by Reading after an early lead and became one of 11 Championship teams to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, though with Steve Morison. changes. I have high hopes for them this term, but it may take some time for things to materialize given the number of players they have brought in this summer.
I am really encouraged with how John Eustace got his start in Birmingham. Notably, they are one of six teams that have yet to taste defeat at the tournament and have taken points from Luton and Huddersfield. Saturday lunchtime fixtures are usually closely competitive, so this could be another score draw.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)
Blackpool vs Swansea3 p.m. Saturday
Blackpool did not have a shot on target in the weekend defeat to Stoke and are another team that exited the League Cup at the first stage on Tuesday, so it hasn’t been the most positive few days at Bloomfield Road. That won’t be helped by the fact that forwards Jake Beesley and Gary Madine are also out injured.
Swansea had dominated possession against Blackburn last time in the league, but were left reeling from a rather comprehensive 3-0 defeat. They were also eliminated in the first cup game of the season. You feel Russell Martin’s men need to get their first win of the season across the board soon if they are to catch up with the early tempo setters. However, I’m not sure it will get here.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)
Huddersfield vs Stoke3 p.m. Saturday
Huddersfield fans will be somewhat nervous at the start of a new season just three weeks after the departure of Carlos Corberan and by far their worst fears have come true, with playoffs the hangover seems to still be in effect. Danny Schofield’s men have lost all three games in all competitions and he will be desperate to get his team out of this spiral.
Stoke, meanwhile, lost their opening game to Millwall, but looked a lot better against Blackpool last weekend. Michael O’Neill is under pressure to put up with a promotion challenge this term and while he won’t be underestimating Terrier by anything, he can see this as an opportunity to capitalize on his strengths. their struggle.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds)
Rotherham vs Reading3 p.m. Saturday
With Rotherham’s trip to Coventry postponed due to the “unsafe and unplayable” pitch at CBS Arena last Sunday, they’ve had a few more days of practice and will be working hard to get in. join this match. The Millers took a point against Swansea on opening day, albeit with just 27% less possession, and I think we could see similar performances throughout the season, though perhaps not. too difficult against opponents who have less possession of the ball.
Reading have had a mixed start to the campaign and it will be interesting to see how they recover from a somewhat modest Carabao Cup defeat to League Two’s Stevenage this weekend. I have a feeling that they can return south without any trouble for their troubles, here.
Prutton predicts: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds)
Wigan vs Bristol City3 p.m. Saturday
Wigan seems to be lacking an outstanding talent at the moment, having only scored one goal in three games so far. Leam Richardson will be counting down the days until Charlie Wyke returns to action, following a cardiac arrest in November, and by the sound of things, that moment may not be too far off.
On Saturday, for the second time in so many games, Bristol City took the lead in a game, only to end up with a losing side. Nigel Pearson expressed disappointment when speaking to the media afterwards and admitted Robins’ defensive weakness was an issue that needed to be addressed. I don’t think they’ll keep a clean sheet here, but they can collect a point.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)
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Other Prutton Predictions (All Saturday 3 p.m. commencing unless specified)
Hull vs Norwich: 1-2
Luton vs Preston: 1-1
Millwall vs Coventry: 1-1
Sunderland vs QPR: 2-2