This year’s Sky Bet Championship campaign has been one of the most enthralling and eventful in recent years, with still a lot at stake as we approach the latter stages of the season.
There have been big-spending teams languish in the bottom half of the table, teams coming from out of nowhere to rise to the summit of the division, and both the fights for promotion and relegation are shaping up to go right down to the wire.
On Sky Sports’ website, David Prutton’s weekly predictions have been a regular occurrence this term – the former Sheffield Wednesday has made some bold predictions ahead of the weekend over the course of the season.
With just eight games of the season left to play, the pundit has taken a look back at his predictions this season – if they had gone the way that the former midfielder had predicted, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds would sitting be five points clear at the top of the table.
It’s fair to say that Norwich have over-achieved in Prutton’s view – the Canaries currently sit four points clear in 1st place, however if Prutton’s predictions had had their say, then Daniel Farke’s men would be 20 points adrift of Leeds in top spot.
Reflecting back on his predictions, Prutton said: “I massively rate the jobs that Marcelo Bielsa and Chris Wilder have done and for most of the season I have felt that these are the two class sides in the division – they are pretty hard to ever back against and that probably shows in why I have given them so many points!”
“I am sure that Leeds, having been beaten by Sheffield United last weekend, would take a 20-point gap to third right now! Norwich’s transfer business in the summer went a little bit under the radar. They didn’t start particularly well either and I think they have caught everyone, including myself, off-guard with their remarkable rise.”
Leeds face Millwall at Elland Road next weekend, and will be looking to reclaim their position in the automatic promotion spots with a win against the Lions.
This is a really interesting from Sky Sports and Prutton – it really does put things into perspective.
I think big things have been expected of Leeds this season, especially at the start of the season where they put together an impressive run of form.
It’s interesting that the likes of Bristol City find themselves so far down in Prutton’s table – they are a team who has gone above and beyond this term.