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Birmingham v Huddersfield, Friday 7.45pm

Troy Deeney is shut down by Allan Campbell

Birmingham got off to a good start under John Eustace last weekend and kept a clean sheet against Luton – one of last season’s play-off semi-finalists – which is no small feat. Forwards Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan haven’t registered a single shot between them, but that may indicate Luton’s defensive strength more than anything else at this stage.

For Huddersfield, it was a difficult return to action. They faced a new Burnley side determined to overtake opponents out of the park and struggled to muster any real scoring chances. They’re still in transition after the surprise departure of Carlos Corberan, but you can’t use that as a mitigating factor for too long, you imagine. I’m going to do a draw to start the weekend.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Norwich vs Wigan, Saturday 12.30pm – Live on Sky Sports Football

Jamilu Collins and Josh Sargent battle for the ball

Norwich boss Dean Smith lamented his side’s lack of quality in the final third after the opening defeat to Cardiff, which was a spirited affair, by all accounts, with a late red card from each side. The Canaries created chances and forced many corners but failed to break through. In all honesty, with their opponents having made so many summer signings, they were kind of an unknown entity.

Wigan signed just one first-team player this summer and remain one of the early favorites to drop straight from the Championship back to League One. But they looked like a real threat in their goalless draw with Preston and have accumulated 20 attempts without scoring, including five on target. Norwich should get ahead of this one though.

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Prutton predicts: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Saturday August 6 12:00 p.m.

Kick off 12:30 p.m.


Bristol City v Sunderland, Saturday 3pm

There was an awful sense of deja vu for Bristol City last weekend as they lost a game after taking the lead. They did it seven times last season and Nigel Pearson doesn’t seem like the kind of man to put up with that for too long.

Sunderland, meanwhile, almost got off to a perfect start, didn’t they? ! They held on to that thinness for a while as Coventry put the pressure on on Sunday, but finally caved when Viktor Gyokeres scored that magnificent solo goal. It will naturally take time to adjust to the division again. One point each here, for me.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Burnley v Luton, Saturday 3pm

Vincent Kompany won his first competitive game in charge of Burnley

We knew Burnley were going to have a different approach under Vincent Kompany, but they certainly surprised a few with their fast, crisp passing, movement and pressure that earned them the division curtain-raiser victory. Man City legend Kompany said it was “a step in the right direction” and he will be determined to continue and build momentum.

Luton have some new faces in the squad this term and Nathan Jones still has some very good attacking options at his disposal. The Hatters picked up a good point in that draw with Birmingham, although they might find it a bit more difficult at Turf Moor and for that reason I support Burnley.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)

Sheffield United v Millwall, Saturday 3pm

Watford's Joao Pedro and Sheffield United's John Egan battle for the ball

Sheffield United were never out of the game against Watford on Monday, but aside from a few fleeting moments, they never seemed to score either. Young strikers Daniel Jebbison and Iliman Ndiaye have put in impressive performances and I can’t wait to see them develop this season.

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Millwall were one of only two sides to score more than one goal throughout the opening weekend and both came from centre-back Charlie Cresswell, who probably couldn’t believe his luck. Gary Rowett’s men are so good at set pieces and will want to cause other teams problems with them over the next few months. It could be a very entertaining draw.

Prutton predicts: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds)

West Brom v Watford, Monday 8pm – Live on Sky Sports Football

John Swift is congratulated by Jed Wallace after equalizing for West Brom

West Brom have a point to prove this season and they put in an encouraging performance against Middlesbrough. New signings Jed Wallace and John Swift combined for the equalizer and already appear to be key performers for Steve Bruce.

Rob Edwards was another manager who got off to a perfect start last Monday night. This Watford front line of Emmanuel Dennis, Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr looked scary at times against Sheffield United and will no doubt fare better against other teams in this division. I’m going for another engaging sweepstakes at The Hawthorns.

Prutton predicts: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds)

Monday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.

Kick off 8:00 p.m.


Other Prutton Predictions (every Saturday at 3 p.m. unless otherwise stated)

Preston v Hull: 1-2

QPR v Middlesbrough: 0-2

Reading v Cardiff: 0-2

Stoke v Blackpool: 1-1

Swansea v Blackburn: 2-2

Coventry v Rotherham (Sun, 3 p.m.): 1-1

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