David Prutton is tipping Bournemouth to beat Bristol City 2-1 when the two teams meet at The Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.
Chris Mepham’s stoppage time equaliser at Watford on Saturday ensured Bournemouth remain unbeaten in the Championship this season, and start this round of midweek games fourth in the Championship table, just one point off their opponents on Wednesday in the second automatic promotion spot.
Bristol City’s 1-1 draw with Swansea over the weekend means that despite their lofty position in the second-tier standings, the Robins are now winless in their last three league games, having won all four before that point.
It seems that as a result of that recent drop in form from Dean Holden’s side, Prutton is expecting Bournemouth to narrowly claim all three points here, and leapfrog the Robins in the table.
Writing about the game in his regular predictions column for Sky Sports, the former Leeds midfielder said: “That Chris Mepham equaliser for Bournemouth against Watford was as dramatic as they come!
“The Wales defender preserved one of only two unbeaten records in the Championship and kept the Cherries within touching distance of the summit.
“It has not been plain sailing for Dean Holden’s Bristol City since the international break and improvement is needed quickly if they want to keep up the pace. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this game, which I think Bournemouth will just about edge.”
I do find myself agreeing with Prutton with regards to this one.
That late equaliser for Bournemouth at the weekend means they ought to be coming into this one full of momentum, meaning they could have a bit too much for a Bristol City side who have slipped recently.
Indeed, with this being a game between two early season promotion contenders, the pressure is likely to be on at The Vitality on Wednesday, and you wonder whether that extra top level experience in a Bournemouth side that was playing in the Premier League only a few months ago, could be the difference here.