Blackburn vs Middlesbrough and Cardiff vs Barnsley are both available to watch live across Sky Sports on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm); Derby vs QPR is available to watch live on Sky Sports Football on Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm)
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Monday 2 November 2020 15:13, UK
Who is David Prutton tipping for victory in the Sky Bet Championship in the midweek round of games? Find out here…
Blackburn vs Middlesbrough, Tuesday 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
Before Blackburn’s defeat to Swansea at the weekend, I mentioned their defensive frailties, which were evident again in a 2-0 defeat. Tony Mowbray’s side had a good start but have lost four of their last five and that may set some alarm bells ringing at Ewood Park.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough continue to improve under Neil Warnock and they seem to have regained the defensive solidity that had become synonymous with Boro in recent years. They’ve not set the world alight with their performances on the road but have taken five points from those games and I think they’ll extend their eight-game unbeaten run here.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds)
Brentford vs Swansea, Tuesday 7pm
A routine 3-0 win against Luton at Kenilworth Road got Brentford back on track after a disappointing week in which they lost to Stoke and were unfortunate not to beat Norwich at the Brentford Community Stadium.
This is a repeat of the play-off semi-final between the two back in July and Swansea have returned with a vengeance. Steve Cooper will be itching to set the record straight, but with both Ivan Toney and Marcus Forss in such good goalscoring form for the Bees, the Swans might not have enough.
Prutton predicts: 3-2 (Sky Bet odds)
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Cardiff vs Barnsley, Tuesday 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Arena
The Bluebirds ended a run of three successive 1-1 draws with that last-gasp defeat against QPR and boss Neil Harris admitted that he’d “never been so angry after a game”. His side need to start converting those draws into wins if they want to challenge at the top of the division.
What a start it’s been for new Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael! Things were starting to move in the right direction prior to the Frenchman’s arrival, but they’ve taken seven points from three games since his arrival and look impressive, particularly with Saturday’s win over Watford. Score draw, for me.
Prutton predicts: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds)
Birmingham vs Wycombe, Wednesday 7.45pm
Aitor Karanka’s reign as Blues boss had got off to a pretty unassuming start, with just one win in the opening seven games, but now they have strung together two in a row and are picking up momentum.
They face a Wycombe side who are also beginning to adjust to the rigours of the division, however. Seven straight defeats made Gareth Ainsworth’s men look somewhat out of their depth, but they held Watford and moved to within two points of safety with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. I reckon they’ll get another point on the board here.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)
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Derby vs QPR, Wednesday 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
Phillip Cocu’s Derby just cannot buy a win at the moment. Bournemouth’s Rodrigo Riquelme struck late on to deny the Rams only their second win of the season at the weekend, meaning they remain in the relegation places going into this one.
Having lost a 2-0 lead when Cardiff visited the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last time out, QPR showed real grit to remain in the game and nicked a late three points thanks to Dominic Ball’s stunner, which was enough to win any game. Rangers will no doubt have a spring in their step, but I think Derby’s wait will end here.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)
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Watford vs Stoke, Wednesday 7pm
It has been a frustrating week for the Hornets, who will probably feel they should have got more than one point from trips to Wycombe and Barnsley, which could have seen them begin to put pressure on leaders Reading, who have now lost their unbeaten start.
Everything is starting to come together for Michael O’Neill at the Bet365 Stadium and his side got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Rotherham, which came courtesy of a James McClean goal. They are within touching distance of the top six and I think they’ll edge this one.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)
Prutton’s other predictions
Huddersfield vs Bristol City (Tues 7pm): 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)
Norwich vs Millwall (Tues 7pm): 2-2 (Sky Bet odds)
Sheff Wed vs Bournemouth (Tues 7pm): 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)
N Forest vs Coventry (Wed 7.45pm): 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)
Reading vs Preston (Wed 7pm): 1-2 (Sky Bet odds)
Rotherham vs Luton (Wed 7.45pm): 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)
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