Prutton’s EFL play-off predictions
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Last Updated: 13/05/19 4:13pm
David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of the play-off semi-final second leg fixtures, but who is he tipping to reach Wembley?
Forest Green vs Tranmere, Monday 7.45pm
This is a tough one to call, but I've got a sneaking suspicion, despite a very close first leg with only a goal in it, that Forest Green will come back and overturn the deficit to go through.
Forest Grn vs Tranmere
May 13, 2019, 7:30pm
Prutton predicts: 2-0 - Forest Green progress 2-1 on aggregate (17/2 with Sky Bet)
West Brom vs Aston Villa, Tuesday 8pm
Villa obviously came from behind to win the first leg at Villa Park, and, after his sending off, there will be no Dwight Gayle for West Brom, which will be a big miss.
W Brom vs A Villa
May 14, 2019, 7:30pm
I fancy Villa to see this one through and win on the night as well. Then it will be about whether they can go one better than last year and win at Wembley.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 - Aston Villa progress 3-1 on aggregate (9/1 with Sky Bet)
Leeds vs Derby, Wednesday 7.45pm
Kemar Roofe scored the winner at Pride Park, but he's out of the second leg, and it will have been a frustration for Leeds fans that he's not been available for so much of the season due to injury. I think he'll be a big miss.
Leeds vs Derby
May 15, 2019, 7:00pm
I think it'll be a feisty game, which is what we all like to see in the play-offs, and I can see Leeds sneaking through. That would set-up a final against Villa, which would be decent given how we've seen them go up against each other during the course of the season.
Kemar Roofe has been ruled out of Leeds' play-off second leg against Derby on Wednesday
All four teams have been fantastic, and regardless of who reaches the final, it'll be a packed out Wembley, but a Leeds-Villa final would have a really nice edge to it. Villa had wonderful form to get into it, and Leeds, the frustration of missing out on the automatic places could give them the added impetus to get through in the play-offs.
Prutton predicts: 1-1 - Leeds progress 2-1 on aggregate (6/1 with Sky Bet)
Portsmouth vs Sunderland, Thursday 7.45pm
Another tough one. It was a great goal in the first leg by Chris Maguire, but Pompey, we saw them in the Checkatrade Trophy against Sunderland, and I thought they were very good. Sunderland were better in the first half, but after that, Pompey dominated.
Portsmth vs S'land
May 16, 2019, 7:30pm
It feels like another close game, I'll go for a Pompey win, though, in front of a packed out crowd at Fratton Park. As good as Sunderland have been, and they'll be under pressure to go up, I think Pompey will just have the momentum to see them over the line.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 - Portsmouth to progress 2-1 on aggregate (17/2 with Sky Bet)
Charlton vs Doncaster, Friday 7.45pm
I thought Charlton were really good in the first leg, they were very composed and controlled the game. There was a slight touch of fortune with both goals, but they seemed to be in control of the game. Matty Blair's goal does give Donny a glimmer of hope, but they just seemed to lack a bit of belief that they could actually get something from the game.
Charlton vs Doncaster
May 17, 2019, 7:30pm
I can see Charlton going through, especially given the form that they're in. They've won the last six at home and are unbeaten in their last 13 games. They're in terrific form, and I think Donny will find it tough.
Prutton predicts: 1-0 - Charlton progress 3-1 on aggregate (11/2 with Sky Bet)
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