David Prutton is the regular Sky Sports EFL expert and he has predicted the outcome of matches taking place this weekend, and today we’re going to look at the EFL score predictions for Saturday 17th August that Prutton has come up with.
2-2 draw (14/1 with Betfair)
Prutton says: Survival is clearly the priority for Daniel Stendel and Barnsley this season, but their poor defeat against Carlisle in the Carabao Cup in midweek won’t have helped things at all. To lose 3-0 at home to a side from League Two is not a good look!
Charlton have started fantastically with two wins from two in the Championship and they will fancy their chances of staying unbeaten against another promoted side. Score draw for me.
1-3 (28/1 with Betfair)
Prutton says: Millwall are ticking along nicely in the early stages of the season. Four points from two Championship games and a Carabao Cup win at West Brom – whom they drew with in the league last weekend – to boot.
Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have had a superb start, especially when you consider the upheaval of Steve Bruce’s departure just before the start of the season. I fancy them to make it three from three.
0-1 (8/1 with Betfair)
Prutton says: That was a huge result for Stoke in the Carabao Cup in midweek. They have started so poorly in the Championship, with two defeats from two, and Nathan Jones needed a tick in the win column – which they got at Wigan.
Phillip Cocu will be pleased enough with his start at Derby. It could have been a perfect record so far had Martyn Waghorn converted that penalty against Swansea last week, but four points and a cup win will do him fine. I think there could be more problems for Stoke here.
0-2 (8/1 with Betfair)
Prutton says: The way Wigan have played in their opening two games suggests it’s going to be more of the same for Paul Cook and Co. Expect them to be very tough to beat at home and very easy to see off on the road.
Leeds will remember the game against the Latics from last season. The Derby play-off tie is the one that will be remembered, but the way they folded at home against a 10-man Wigan side in April, from a winning position, may have been the result that really cost them promotion. They should have enough to win on Saturday.
2-1 (9/1 with Betfair)
Prutton says: You would have fancied at least one of these sides to win promotion last season! Both had a great shot at automatic at one stage, but eventually both fell in the play-offs.
Sunderland got the better of Portsmouth over two legs in the semi-finals, but Pompey have the bragging rights of that Checkatrade Trophy win at Wembley. This is tough to call, but I reckon the Black Cats will edge it.
2-2 draw (14/1 with Betfair)
Prutton says: There are three sides still with 100 per cent records in Sky Bet League Two, and two of them meet at St James Park on Saturday!
Exeter have two 1-0 wins so far, while Swindon have notched five goals in a free-wheeling start. Something has to give, but I can’t split the pair.
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