Pundit praises 'impressive' Barnsley and makes Cardiff City scoreline prediction - plus Brentford & Birmingham

Barnsley are back in Championship action this evening, when they take on Neil Harris' Cardiff City in the Welsh capital.
(Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)(Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

In his midweek predictions for Sky Sports, pundit David Prutton included a scoreline tip for the eagerly anticipated clash between the Tykes and the Bluebirds, and backed a 2-2 draw between the two well-matched teams.

Justifying his selection, the former Leeds United man explained: "The Bluebirds ended a run of three successive 1-1 draws with that last-gasp defeat against QPR and boss Neil Harris admitted that he'd 'never been so angry after a game'.

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"His side need to start converting those draws into wins if they want to challenge at the top of the division."

He continued: "What a start it's been for new Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael! Things were starting to move in the right direction prior to the Frenchman's arrival, but they've taken seven points from three games since his arrival and look impressive, particularly with Saturday's win over Watford.

The last time the two sides met, back in March, Barnsley were beaten 2-0 at Oakwell, with goals from Will Vaulks and Callum Paterson securing three points for the visitors.

As things stand, the Tykes currently sit 15th in the table with ten points, while Cardiff are down in 17th with the same number of points, but an inferior goal difference.

Prutton's further predictions were as follows:

Huddersfield 2-1 Bristol City

Norwich 2-2 Millwall

Sheffield Wed 0-1 Bournemouth

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Coventry

Reading 1-2 Preston

Rotherham 1-1 Luton

Watford 0-1 Stoke City

Derby County 2-1 QPR

Birmingham 1-1 Wycombe

Brentford 3-2 Swansea City