David Prutton is tipping Stoke City to beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship in his Sky Sports column, as second-tier action resumes after the international break.
The games are now set to come really thick and fast between now and Christmas and it’s a period that will see five substitutes permitted in the EFL from this weekend.
How that impacts matches remains to be seen but it is a move that probably makes sense, given the cluster of fixtures clubs are about to embark on at a time of year that is congested enough in a normal season.
Stoke have been going under the radar so far this season and find themselves on the fringes of the play-offs whilst Huddersfield are in mid-table after a decent enough campaign so far, though some poor results have crept in at times.
And, for Prutton, it’ll be a home win this weekend as Stoke play host to the Terriers.
Stoke are a decent side and few have really spoken about them this season as contenders, which is in stark contrast to recent seasons where the pressure of expectation appears to have got to them.
Prutton is expecting them to kick-off this next run of games with a win, then.