David Prutton think events elsewhere have conspired to give Newcastle United the push they needed.
The Sky Sports pundit believing that Derby’s late equaliser to thwart Huddersfield, will help relax Newcastle and give them the ‘breathing space’ to beat Preston and ‘finish the job off’.
Newcastle play last of the teams at the top of the Championship and David Prutton expects Brighton to have already wrapped up the title before Rafa’s players break into a sweat.
Chris Hughton’s team need only one win from three to ensure they finish top and Prutton thinks they will do it on Friday night at Norwich.
This would be poetic justice for Hughton who was harshly sacked by the Canaries when they were five points above the relegation zone in April 2014.
Norwich then only getting one point from their last five games and being relegated.
Huddersfield have a tough match at home to Fulham on Saturday afternoon and David Prutton sees a draw in this one.
Which would mean that all Newcastle would need to do is beat Preston on Monday night to seal automatic promotion.
Prutton going for a 2-1 home win and Matt Ritchie to get the crucial opening goal.
“Huddersfield’s lapse at Derby has given Newcastle some breathing space but I see it giving them a kick up the backside to finish the job off.
“Preston may have lost to Norwich but they’ve impressed this season and it’ll be interesting to see whether they add to their squad next year and try to push for the play-offs.
“Having said that though, I see Newcastle pulling their fingers out and potentially securing promotion.”
Current Premier League Table:
DAVID PRUTTON PREDICTIONS:
Friday 21 April
Norwich 1 Brighton 2 (7.45pm)
Saturday 22 April
Burton 0 Leeds 1 (3pm)
Huddersfield 1 Fulham 1 (3pm)
Nottingham Forest 1 Reading 1 (3pm)
Sheff Wed 2 Derby 0 (3pm)
Monday 24 April
Newcastle 2 Preston 1 (7.45pm)