Sky Sports’ Championship expert backs Bristol City to pick up first point at Wigan

Another week and another game against a newly promoted team, but will they pick up their first league points?

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton is predicting Bristol City to pick up their first points of the season this coming Saturday.

The Robins are on their travels this weekend as they face newly promoted Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

City are without a point on the board after suffering defeats to Hull City and Sunderland, despite taking the lead in both matches.

It has left them second from bottom in the Championship table with only Huddersfield suffering the same fate as them.

A convincing midweek win over Coventry City however has given Nigel Pearson’s side a reason to be optimistic.

Prutton, a lead presenter for Sky’s Championship coverage believes that this is the weekend that they can get their season up-and-running with at least a draw.

He said to Sky Sports: “On Saturday, for the second time in as many games, Bristol City took the lead in a game, only to end up on the losing side.

“Nigel Pearson was frustrated when he spoke to the media afterwards and admitted the Robins’ defensive frailty is a problem that needs to be solved. I don’t think they’ll keep a clean sheet here but they may collect a point.

“Wigan seem to be missing a cutting edge at the moment, having scored just one goal in three games to date. Leam Richardson will be counting down the days until Charlie Wyke returns to action, following a cardiac arrest in November, and by the sounds of things, that moment might not be too far away.”

The 40-year-old who played for Nottingham Forest, as well as clubs like Southampton and Leeds United, believes the score will finish at 1-1 with a goal apiece for both sides.

City are unbeaten in their last three matches against the Latics with the last match being a 2-0 win in Lancashire back in January 2020.

Joe Williams, who was rested in midweek as the club carefully manage his load, could play against his former club.

The 25-year-old joined for a reported fee of £1.2m back in August 2020 after their relegation from the second tier.