David Prutton has made his predictions for this midweek, including Newcastle v QPR.
He forecasts a ‘response’ from a much changed Newcastle line-up but only enough to get a point at St James Park in a 1-1 draw.
Which would be a little disappointing considering QPR lost 2-1 at home on Saturday to Burton who were in the relegation zone.
However, Prutton says that when a team loses like Newcastle did at Oxford, it will ‘have an impact’.
Elsewhere, the Sky Sports pundit forecasts wins for top six clubs Reading, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday, which if they all came true, would see Reading only four points behind Newcastle and Leeds five points adrift, though both will have played a game more.
The only positive is that David Prutton has predicted Brighton to only draw at Huddersfield on Thursday night.
David Prutton speaking to Sky Sports:
“Even though there were changes, every time a team loses in the manner Newcastle did at Oxford in the FA Cup, it will still have an impact. It reflects on the club.
“The next team they put out must right that wrong, that performance and that result. I think it’s going to be tough for Newcastle against QPR.
“We’ve seen a lot of Ollie’s team, and the game against Burton, you’d have thought they would take three points.
“I think we’ll see a response from Newcastle with a change of personnel but I think QPR are a tough task. Let’s go for a draw.”
Prutton’s predicted scores:
Tuesday 31 January
Birmingham 0 Reading 2
Bristol City 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Wednesday 1 February
Blackburn 1 Leeds 2
Newcastle 1 QPR 1
Thursday 2 February
Huddersfield 1 Brighton 1
Championship Table if David Prutton predictions come true
61 Brighton (GD+25)
59 Newcastle (+33)
55 Reading (+6)
54 Leeds (+13)
50 Huddersfield (+2)
48 Sheffield Wednesday (+7)
(Newcastle United’s current upcoming schedule below)
Wednesday 1 February – Newcastle v QPR (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS
Saturday 4 February – Newcastle v Derby (3pm)
Saturday 11 February – Wolves v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS
Tuesday 14 February – Norwich v Newcastle (7.45pm)
Monday 20 February – Newcastle v Aston Villa (8pm) – SKY SPORTS
Saturday 25 February – Newcastle v Bristol City (3pm)
Tuesday 28 February – Brighton v Newcastle (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS
Saturday 4 March – Huddersfield v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS
Tuesday 7 March – Reading v Newcastle (7.45pm)
Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)
Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)
(Then a two week international break follows, before Newcastle v Wigan on Saturday 1 April)