Barnsley 2 Ipswich 2
Having lost to Bristol City on the opening day of the season, Barnsley will be looking to get back to winning ways. However, they face an Ipswich side who managed to beat Birmingham in their first game of the season. I am expecting goals in this game as there normally are in games that involve Barnsley and 2-2 is my final prediction.
Birmingham City 1 Bristol City 2
Birmingham lost their first game of the season against an Ipswich side who are tipped for relegation. They play a Bristol City side who are enjoying a brilliant start to the season after winning 3-1 and 5-0 in the Caranao Cup. I expect Bristol City to win this one 2-1 and leave Harry Redknapp frustrated with the lack of signings he is getting.
Brentford 3 Nottingham Forest 1
Brentford were disappointing against Sheffield United in the first game of the season so I expect a reaction from them at home to Forest. However, Nottingham Forest did enjoy an opening day win against nearly promoted Millwall but they weren’t spectacular in anyway. Brentford tend to score goals especially at home so I’m going with a home win and 3-1 is my prediction.
Cardiff City 1 Aston Villa 1
Two experienced managers meet when Cardiff City play Aston Villa and Cardiff won their first game however weren’t impressive when they did so. Aston Villa, who are one of the favourites for promotion, drew to the nearly relegated side Hull City in their first game and I’m expecting the same result against Cardiff this weekend.
Derby County 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Two big teams who over the years have spent a lot of money meet at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday. The home side drew their first game against Sunderland on Friday night whereas the away team picked up, in my eyes, the result of the first weekend with a win against favourites Middlesbrough. I’m expecting this to be a tight game and I think a fair result for both teams would be 1-1.
Hull City 2 Burton Albion 0
After impressively staying up last season, Burton Albion will be looking to build and finish higher up, however I think this season they will struggle. This was the case against Cardiff and I fully expect Hull City, who got a decent point away to Villa, to get a comfortable win on Saturday.
Leeds United 3 Preston North End 1
Not a fan of predicting Leeds United results as they are my team and I don’t want to be biased, however I’m confident we will get the result on Saturday. Preston won’t be coming to Elland Road to lose though and they got a good win against Sheffield Wednesday, however they lost in the cup to league 2 side Accrington Stanley. Leeds have been scoring for fun even though we’re just two games in and I’m hoping they can continue, however we have looked shaky at the back.
Millwall 2 Bolton Wanderers 2
Both nearly promoted sides lost their first game of the season and will be looking to get some points on the board. I’m expecting plenty of goals in a game that may lack quality but both managers will make sure that their teams are putting 110%. I’m going with a 2-2 draw at the Macron.
Reading 1 Fulham 2
Two of last season’s surprise teams meet early in the season with the away team, Fulham, the favourites in my eyes. Fulham drew their opener against Norwich with the hosts Reading disappointingly losing 2-0 to a poor QPR side. I’m going with an away win and Fulham’s first 3 points of the season.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Queens Park Rangers 0
Although Wednesday lost their opening game of the season to Preston and QPR won their first game against Reading, I believe the home team will get a comfortable win. Sheffield Wednesday struggled away from home last season however at home picked up a lot of points, and I expect 3 points to be heading their way come 5pm on Saturday.
Middlesbrough 2 Sheffield United 1
Like the last prediction, the home team, Boro lost their first game and the away team Sheffield United won their first game. Despite this I expect Middlesbrough to get their first win of the season but I expect a fight from the league 1 champions who will be full of confidence after beating Brentford last Saturday.
Norwich City 1 Sunderland 1
Both these former Premier League sides drew their first games of the season 1-1 against Fulham and Derby respectively and I’m expecting the same result when they meet on Sunday afternoon at Carrow Road. Both teams are still in a building process and it will take a number of games to reach their potential.