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David Prutton

Football Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 12/12/19 2:23pm

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Charlton vs Hull, Friday 7.45pm - Live on Sky Sports Football

Charlton have slipped down closer to where most people probably thought they would be at the start of the season. It has been a troubling run for Lee Bowyer's side.

There is no disgrace in losing to Leeds at the minute, as Hull did on Tuesday night, but they must improve their consistency if they are to challenge for the top six. They should have the quality to nick it at Charlton.

Prutton predicts: 1-2 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Charlton vs Hull City

December 13, 2019, 7:00pm

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Birmingham vs West Brom, Saturday 12.30pm - Live on Sky Sports Football

It's been a strange week for Birmingham. They were good at the weekend at Reading, then really poor as the lost to QPR on Wednesday. The inconsistency will frustrate Pep Clotet.

West Brom were held at Wigan last week. They looked really flat as their winning run came to an end. They have an unbelievably healthy lead over the sides below them, though, and could extend that with a win on Saturday.

Prutton predicts: 0-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

Birm'ham vs W Brom

December 14, 2019, 12:00pm

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Brentford vs Fulham, Saturday 3pm

Brentford have to be real top-six contenders this season. Their front three is up there with any at this level and could lay down a big marker against their west London rivals on Saturday.

The quality of Fulham's squad means that any poor results will mean Scott Parker comes under a little pressure. They have lost two in a row now and are losing touch with Leeds and West Brom fast. It could easily be a third straight defeat for them on Saturday.

Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Leeds vs Cardiff, Saturday 3pm

It is going to take a huge collapse from Leeds now to not keep pushing for automatic promotion. They head into the weekend top of the table, 11 points clear of third. It is an astronomical gap at this stage.

Neil Harris tasted defeat for the first time as Cardiff boss in midweek, and a trip to Elland Road is not the ideal place to try and bounce back. I can't really see them getting anything.

Prutton predicts: 2-0 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

1:50 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Hull.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Hull.

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday 3pm

Nottingham Forest just don't seem to have enough goals in their side. When Lewis Grabban isn't firing you wonder where they're going to come from, and they should have put Middlesbrough away in midweek.

Sheffield Wednesday are ticking along under Garry Monk and should really have beaten Derby in midweek. He would probably take another draw at Forest, though.

Prutton predicts: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Wigan vs Huddersfield, Saturday 3pm

Wigan know how to shoot themselves in the foot, they really do. They should have beaten West Brom on Wednesday but somehow conspired to give the Baggies an indirect free-kick in the box, which Charlie Austin dispatched to earn them a draw. Throwing away leads has plagued them all season.

Huddersfield claimed a huge late win at Charlton in midweek to just lift themselves away from the drop zone and end a poor run. This is a massive game near the bottom and it could go either way, but I'll back the Terriers to have the resolve to nick it.

Prutton predicts: 0-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

1:42 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan and West Brom.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan and West Brom.

Sunderland vs Blackpool, Saturday 3pm

It seems like Sunderland have taken a step backwards under Phil Parkinson, who just hasn't got them going since replacing Jack Ross. They are slipping away from the top six right now, let alone the top two.

Blackpool are firmly embedded in the play-offs and are under a great run of form. Simon Grayson would love to get one over his former club and I think he'll do just that.

Prutton predicts: 0-2 (20/1 with Sky Bet)

Swindon vs Oldham, Saturday 3pm

What a fantastic job Richie Wellens is doing at Swindon. They are top of the league and have won six in a row heading into a battle against his former side.

Oldham might be wondering now if they should have stuck with Wellens after their relegation to League Two, because they are floundering badly near the wrong end of the table. This is a nailed on home win.

Prutton predicts: 3-0 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Other Championship predictions (all Saturday 3pm kick-offs)

Barnsley vs QPR: 1-1 (6/1)

Bristol City vs Blackburn: 1-1 (11/2)

Derby vs Millwall: 1-2 (10/1)

Preston vs Luton: 3-1 (12/1)

Stoke vs Reading: 2-0 (17/2)

Swansea vs Middlesbrough: 1-1 (11/2)

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Live on Sky: Charlton vs Hull

Watch live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm on Friday night; kick-off is at 7.45pm

Last Updated: 12/12/19 2:57pm

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer

Charlton face Hull in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night, live on Sky Sports Football.

Team news

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer will again face up to a depleted squad. Striker Lyle Taylor will be monitored after his recent comeback from a lengthy absence with a knee injury, but could be on the bench again along with midfielder Jonny Williams (knee).

Sam Field is stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee problem, the on-loan West Brom midfielder having returned to training outdoors. Josh Cullen and midfielder Erhun Oztumer (both ankle) remain sidelined, along with striker Chuks Aneke, Beram Kayal, George Lapslie, Ben Amos, Jake Forster-Caskey and Lewis Page.

Hull head coach Grant McCann reported no fresh injury problems from the midweek defeat at Leeds. Striker Norbert Balogh has been given some time away following a setback in his recovery from a calf problem.

Forward Josh Magennis continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury, and should be involved again before Christmas. Midfielders Jon Toral (knee) and Kevin Stewart (foot) are long-term absentees.

Recent form

Charlton's defeat against Huddersfield in midweek was a fourth in a row and a ninth game without a victory. It is now nearly two months since they have tasted victory in the Championship.

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Hull have been typically inconsistent of late, beating Stoke from behind last weekend before losing 2-0 at Leeds in midweek. They have two wins from their last six games.

What the managers said...

Charlton's Lee Bowyer: "I keep seeing the same names on the board to choose from and it doesn't get any easier. The players are trying. The quality hasn't been what it was in the early stages of the season. It's difficult and we're limited with what we can do. If you took 12 players out of any squad… even if you took Lionel Messi out of Barcelona's squad and a lot of their starting players out of their squad, it would be difficult.

"We have the smallest budget by a long way, so we need our players to be fit and be able to compete, and even then it was difficult for us. If you think back to the start of the season, yeah, we had a good start but no game is easy. We had to fight for every point."

Hull City boss Grant McCann

Hull City boss Grant McCann

Hull's Grant McCann: "We've got a good squad. Looking at the group over the last couple of days, they're recovered well. We don't want to be that team that's nearly there, we want to be the team that's up there. We believe in the group we've got.

"We've got another hurdle to pass. We've disappointed ourselves live on Sky Sports this season so we've got a point to prove and show what we're about tomorrow."

Talking point: Are Charlton in relegation trouble?

Charlton started the season like a dream in the Championship, and there was even early talk of a potential top-six finish. Safe to say expectations have levelled out since as Lee Bowyer's side have tumbled down the table. Tuesday night's late 1-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield was a fourth in a row and a ninth game without a win.

There has been a burst of optimism around the club recently as takeover talks continue to progress, but they need to win soon or the gap between themselves and the bottom three will continue to close.

Latest highlights

1:34 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town,

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town,

1:50 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Hull.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Hull.

Opta stats

This is the first league meeting between Charlton and Hull since January 2016, a 6-0 win for the Tigers at the KC Stadium.

Hull are winless in four away league matches against Charlton (D2 L2) since a 2-1 win in November 1985.

Charlton are aiming to avoid five consecutive league defeats, which they last suffered back in November 2015.

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Hull have won just three of their 10 away Championship games this season (D3 L4), losing each of their last two on the road.

Charlton have lost 15 points from winning positions this season in the Championship, only Wigan (20) have dropped more.

Since his Championship debut in August 2017, Hull's Jarrod Bowen has scored 50 goals in the competition - more than any other player.

Prutton's prediction

Charlton have slipped down closer to where most people probably thought they would be at the start of the season. It has been a troubling run for Lee Bowyer's side.

There is no disgrace in losing to Leeds at the minute, as Hull did on Tuesday night, but they must improve their consistency if they are to challenge for the top six. They should have the quality to nick it at Charlton.

David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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Live on Sky: Charlton vs Hull

Watch live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm on Friday night; kick-off is at 7.45pm

Last Updated: 12/12/19 2:57pm

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer

Charlton face Hull in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night, live on Sky Sports Football.

Team news

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer will again face up to a depleted squad. Striker Lyle Taylor will be monitored after his recent comeback from a lengthy absence with a knee injury, but could be on the bench again along with midfielder Jonny Williams (knee).

Sam Field is stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee problem, the on-loan West Brom midfielder having returned to training outdoors. Josh Cullen and midfielder Erhun Oztumer (both ankle) remain sidelined, along with striker Chuks Aneke, Beram Kayal, George Lapslie, Ben Amos, Jake Forster-Caskey and Lewis Page.

Hull head coach Grant McCann reported no fresh injury problems from the midweek defeat at Leeds. Striker Norbert Balogh has been given some time away following a setback in his recovery from a calf problem.

Forward Josh Magennis continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury, and should be involved again before Christmas. Midfielders Jon Toral (knee) and Kevin Stewart (foot) are long-term absentees.

Recent form

Charlton's defeat against Huddersfield in midweek was a fourth in a row and a ninth game without a victory. It is now nearly two months since they have tasted victory in the Championship.

Latest Sky Bet odds

Check out all the latest EFL odds and more from Sky Bet here...

Hull have been typically inconsistent of late, beating Stoke from behind last weekend before losing 2-0 at Leeds in midweek. They have two wins from their last six games.

What the managers said...

Charlton's Lee Bowyer: "I keep seeing the same names on the board to choose from and it doesn't get any easier. The players are trying. The quality hasn't been what it was in the early stages of the season. It's difficult and we're limited with what we can do. If you took 12 players out of any squad… even if you took Lionel Messi out of Barcelona's squad and a lot of their starting players out of their squad, it would be difficult.

"We have the smallest budget by a long way, so we need our players to be fit and be able to compete, and even then it was difficult for us. If you think back to the start of the season, yeah, we had a good start but no game is easy. We had to fight for every point."

Hull City boss Grant McCann

Hull City boss Grant McCann

Hull's Grant McCann: "We've got a good squad. Looking at the group over the last couple of days, they're recovered well. We don't want to be that team that's nearly there, we want to be the team that's up there. We believe in the group we've got.

"We've got another hurdle to pass. We've disappointed ourselves live on Sky Sports this season so we've got a point to prove and show what we're about tomorrow."

Talking point: Are Charlton in relegation trouble?

Charlton started the season like a dream in the Championship, and there was even early talk of a potential top-six finish. Safe to say expectations have levelled out since as Lee Bowyer's side have tumbled down the table. Tuesday night's late 1-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield was a fourth in a row and a ninth game without a win.

There has been a burst of optimism around the club recently as takeover talks continue to progress, but they need to win soon or the gap between themselves and the bottom three will continue to close.

Latest highlights

1:34 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town,

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town,

1:50 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Hull.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Hull.

Opta stats

This is the first league meeting between Charlton and Hull since January 2016, a 6-0 win for the Tigers at the KC Stadium.

Hull are winless in four away league matches against Charlton (D2 L2) since a 2-1 win in November 1985.

Charlton are aiming to avoid five consecutive league defeats, which they last suffered back in November 2015.

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EFL title-sponsors Sky Bet are giving fans a chance to win match tickets, money-can't-buy experiences and signed goodies - just for supporting their club!

Hull have won just three of their 10 away Championship games this season (D3 L4), losing each of their last two on the road.

Charlton have lost 15 points from winning positions this season in the Championship, only Wigan (20) have dropped more.

Since his Championship debut in August 2017, Hull's Jarrod Bowen has scored 50 goals in the competition - more than any other player.

Prutton's prediction

Charlton have slipped down closer to where most people probably thought they would be at the start of the season. It has been a troubling run for Lee Bowyer's side.

There is no disgrace in losing to Leeds at the minute, as Hull did on Tuesday night, but they must improve their consistency if they are to challenge for the top six. They should have the quality to nick it at Charlton.

David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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Late Martin pen denies Wednesday

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at Pride Park

Last Updated: 11/12/19 10:08pm

1:45 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday missed out on a return to the Sky Bet Championship play-off places after Chris Martin's late penalty rescued a point for Derby in a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

Steven Fletcher put Wednesday ahead after 23 minutes but the Owls failed to turn their dominance into further goals as Garry Monk's side missed out on a third straight win.

Derby extended their unbeaten home run to nine matches but on this evidence the introduction of England's leading scorer Wayne Rooney to the playing squad in January cannot come soon enough, with the Rams taking 79 minutes to register a shot on target.

Wednesday full-back Moses Odubajo, who conceded the penalty, was sent off in stoppage time when he was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Scott Malone.

The visitors made the brighter start and almost went ahead after nine minutes when a Barry Bannan corner caused panic in the six-yard box and Malone had to divert the ball wide of the post with Fletcher lurking.

From the resulting set-piece, Curtis Davies produced a goal-saving tackle as Fletcher prepared to pull the trigger after the ball fell to him six yards out.

Wednesday took the lead midway through the first half. Fletcher put Craig Forsyth under pressure and the Derby defender's misplaced pass fell to Bannan, who found Fletcher 20 yards from goal and the Scotland striker's first-time finish nestled in the bottom corner.

Jason Knight fired Derby's only decent chance of the first half over the crossbar after a Duane Holmes long throw found him unmarked in the area, while the away side might have been out of sight but Ben Hamer tipped a Fletcher header over and from the subsequent corner Sam Hutchinson nodded narrowly over.

Derby should have been level moments after the interval but Martin headed Holmes' cross over from eight yards.

The Owls had a chance to extend their advantage after 55 minutes but Fletcher headed over from Adam Reach's right-wing cross.

At the other end Morgan Whittaker - making his first league start for the Rams - teed up Knight, only for the teenager to drag his 20-yard effort wide.

Fletcher's clever turn created an opening after 63 minutes but he shot straight at Hamer and Wednesday were made to pay for their spurned chances late on.

Substitute Jack Marriott was fouled in the box by Moses Odubajo and Martin converted the 82nd-minute penalty.

Odubajo was booked conceding the penalty and then given his marching orders for fouling Malone as Derby looked to break late on.

Derby almost capitalised to take all three points but a Tom Lawrence corner was deflected narrowly over the bar and Davies shot over from 20 yards.

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Ayew earns point for Swansea

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Liberty Stadium

Last Updated: 11/12/19 10:10pm

1:49 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Blackburn

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Blackburn

Swansea and Blackburn shared the spoils in a 1-1 Liberty Stadium draw that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Danny Graham's early goal was quickly cancelled out by Andre Ayew as Swansea stopped Blackburn's four-game winning streak and generated some confidence after two successive defeats.

Both sides had a man sent off in the second half as Swans midfielder Tom Carroll and Rovers forward Bradley Dack were banished for two bookable offences.

Swansea handed a full league debut to the highly-rated teenager Ben Cabango.

Andre Ayew celebrates scoring the equaliser for Swansea

Andre Ayew celebrates scoring the equaliser for Swansea

The 19-year-old had become the first player born in this millennium to make a league appearance for Swansea when he came on as a substitute at Huddersfield last month.

Graham's goal drought had lasted 15 games and nearly four months, but it came to an end against his old club inside four minutes.

Corry Evans dispossessed George Byers, fed Adam Armstrong and Graham was given the freedom of the penalty area to stroke home his second goal of the season.

Swansea were level within six minutes as Ayew punished a static Rovers defence to head in Matt Grimes' corner.

Ayew was the best player on the pitch, hustling opponents out of possession and launching lightning counter-attacks that he often got on the end of.

Byers blazed over from 18 yards before Ayew robbed Tosin Adarabioyo to set up an opportunity for Sam Surridge that the striker poked just wide of the far post.

Ayew went close twice in the space of a minute, the Ghana forward flashing a 20-yard drive wide before Rovers goalkeeper Christian Walton kicked away his angled attempt.

The second half started as the first had ended with Walton foiling Ayew, while Swansea saw a strong penalty appeal waved away from the resulting corner.

Grimes' corner evaded bodies in the six-yard box before the ball struck the arm of Dack at the far post, but referee Jeremy Simpson was unmoved.

The contest tilted in Blackburn's favour after 57 minutes when Carroll, booked in the first half for tripping Armstrong, was adjudged to have brought down Lewis Travis and saw red for the first time in his career.

Swansea clearly felt a sense of injustice and there was more anger among home fans and players alike when Surridge tricked his way into the penalty area.

Surridge went to ground under Elliott Bennett's challenge but the decision was handball against the striker rather than a penalty.

The sides were evened up after 67 minutes when Dack brought down Grimes.

But it was Blackburn who almost secured victory as substitute Sam Gallagher burst through to force a fine save from Freddie Woodman.

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