Ian Holloway is back with his Sky Bet EFL predictions with some mouth-watering clashes from across the Championship. Minnesota Timberwolves Gear . There is plenty of action across Sky Sports this weekend as Derby County travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday lunch time, before Bristol City host high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening, all live on Sky Sports 1 HD.Meanwhile, you can follow all the 3pm games in the Championship on Soccer Saturday, with highlights on Sky Sports digital platforms at full-time - but heres what EFL expert and Sky Sports pundit Holloway is predicting for the divisions 12 games this weekend: Brentford vs Fulham November 4, 2016, 7:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Wolves v Derby (Saturday, 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1)Wolves are obviously trying to find a new manager, so what is going to happen? Who knows! How are they going to be? I really could not tell you. It is a strange thing to happen, new owners come in and they normally bring in their own man. They have got rid of my mate Kenny Jackett before a league game was played and you would have thought they would have put in who they wanted. So is that the case? Probably not, so I do not know what that is going to do to that dressing room and how it is going to affect them. Highlights of Blackburn v Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship There is going to be another change and they said it is probably Rob Edwards chance to get the job, but I do not think so and they have been interviewing everybody left, right and centre. Obviously, he is just interim, so how are the players going to see that?They came back last week and got a point against Blackburn, so it is not all bad, but they would have expected to beat someone down at the bottom. And they are a little bit close to it themselves. It is a big, big week for them, but is it too much for them? I would suggest yes. Wolves vs Derby November 5, 2016, 12:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 with Tom Ince to score first (Sky Bet odds 10/1)Wigan v Reading (Saturday, 3pm)At least the players know who they have got, but how will Warren Joyce take to management? Who does he model himself on, as he is hardly Jurgen Klopp or David Wagner? You could argue he is following Sir Alex Ferguson, but we do not know. We do not know how close he was to Ferguson. It is a different choice and I hope it works out for them.I think Reading will be too strong for them - I like Reading and the way they play and move it around. Will Warren have had enough time to affect things? It is more a long-term effect, so if he does do it, then great. But I cant see it, I can only see a Reading victory. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff and Wigan OLLIE PREDICTS: 0-1 with Garath McCleary to score first (Sky Bet odds 7/1)Nottingham Forest v QPR (Saturday, 3pm)Both teams need to win badly for their own reasons. Jimmy will be desperate to win after last week, so he needs to sort it out. I cant sort these two out - Forest are OK going forward, but let too many in. QPR looked solid until they lost 6-1 at Newcastle and then it has all gone a bit pear-shaped. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Nottingham Forest OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 with Nedum Onuoha to score first (Sky Bet odds 5/1)Norwich v Leeds (Saturday, 3pm)How are Norwich going to be after losing five? They could be a wounded animal, imagine like a wolf that has got caught in a trap, which would not be very nice to play. But even though Garry Monk has got Leeds playing well, I am actually backing Norwich, who I do not think will give much away and will win by one goal.This is a test for Leeds, though, who I have said quite categorically are going to have a good season, as long as the owner trusts Garry with it. A few weeks ago, they were losing a few games and there was speculation. And Massimo Cellino needs to trust him, as the long Garry Mink stays there, the better Leeds are going to be.But in this game, I can see a big problem with Norwich, who I think are going to bounce back. And their manager is really determined. I do not think they have that many issues and they are going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. I would not want to play Norwich after last weeks game. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Norwich OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-0 with Cameron Jerome to score first (Sky Bet odds 6/1)Aston Villa v Blackburn (Saturday, 3pm)I can only see Villa winning this. I just think they have turned the corner and will be confident now after that draw away at Birmingham. And with the way their season has gone so far, that is another feather in Steve Bruces cap. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and Aston Villa OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-0 with Ross McCormack to score first (Sky Bet odds 11/2)Rotherham v Preston (Saturday, 3pm)Kenny will be disappointed at dropping points after being 2-1 up at Ipswich last week, while Preston have my old assistant manager working for them, and he has done a great job with Simon Grayson. But I think it is going to be a 1-1 draw Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich and Rotherham OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 with Jermaine Beckford to score first (Sky Bet odds 5/1)Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich (Saturday, 3pm)I think Ipswichs fans need to remember where they were before Mick came in, as he has dragged them up by their coattails. And they have not been able to compete wages-wise, so you have to stay with. They are a great club, Mick is a great manager and the fans need to get behind him.It is amazing how short peoples memories are - where were they when he turned up? His first game was against me at Crystal Place and they lost 5-0. And by the end of that season, he had got 60 points, which was unbelievable, as they only had eight when he took over. So it is absolutely incredible what he has done, but this is what football supporters are like.Wednesday had a great season last year and have a slightly stronger squad, they have to carry the weight of expectation this year which they did not have last year and this is a tough game to call. But I know Micks teams, so will go for a boring goalless draw - there is always one - as his sides are always hard to break down. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match Derby and Sheffield Wednesday OLLIE PREDICTS: 0-0 (Sky Bet odds 7/1)Huddersfield v Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm)Nothing has been proven yet. Can you do that high-tempo pressing game for the whole length of the season in the Championship from start to finish? Are they burnt out? Do they need to make changes? I really do not know, but what they have done so far is really magnificent.Normally, they bounce back and that is what they need to do again. But will they? I have been so wrong with Huddersfield this year, it is unbelievable! I said they would be relegated. Can they do it this weekend? I am going to say yes they can.OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 with Sean Scannell to score first (Sky Bet odds 8/1) Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Hudersfield Burton v Barnsley (Saturday, 3pm)Burton are used to winning at home, it has been a fortress for them over the last few seasons, but it is a tough ask, so I will say 2-2. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Burton OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 with Marley Watkins to score first (Sky Bet odds 12/1)Newcastle v Cardiff (Saturday, 3pm)Well, they have just lost to Wigan 1-0 after being on a crest of a wave, so they might feel on a crest of a slump after that. There are problems in that dressing room and I know Neil, he is a great bloke, but he is not a miracle worker.Can they beat Newcastle? Well, if anyone can, Neil can. He will have a gameplan, it will be different to anyone elses, he is a great motivator, but I just think Newcastle will have too much for them. They have shaken off the weight of the shirt and the responsibility, the place is buzzing and I can see them cruising. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston and Newcastle OLLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 with Aleksandar Mitrovic to score first (Sky Bet odds 11/1)Bristol City v Brighton (Saturday, 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports 1)The way Brighton go about things, all they need to do is keep their defensive solidity, while they are great going forward, and he has got a better and better group there. And adding Glenn Murray is a stroke of genius, although he is only on loan, and he got a hat-trick last week. Bristol C vs Brighton November 5, 2016, 5:15pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Bristol City are having a great season, but it depends on Tammy Abraham - can he turn up and get a goal? But it is a big ask. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley v Bristol City OLLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 with Tammy Abraham to score first (Sky Bet odds 17/2)Brentford v Fulham I am not sure how confident Brentford will be after Fulham smashed Huddersfield 5-0. They will be delighted with their own form, which is great, with a fantastic victory at QPR. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Brentford So what Fulham are they going to see? Very, very impressive last week - wow - and every week there are some great games on and this is a really, good game. It will be really attacking, Brentford play some good stuff and Fulham were great last week.OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 with Chris Martin to score first (Sky Bet odds 12/1)RESULT: Brentford 0-2 Fulham Also See: Championship video Fixtures Table Live on Sky Gorgui Dieng Jersey . 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Coates noted that the IOC had taken the unprecedented step of embedding experts in the host city to help the local organizing committee deliver the games. "The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations but the situation is critical on the ground," Coates told an Olympic forum in Sydney, outlining that construction delays are just part of the problem. "The IOC has adopted a more hands-on role. It is unprecedented for the IOC, but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio." Brazil has also come under fire from footballs world governing body, FIFA, for long delays in construction of stadiums and other infrastructure and the overdue delivery of venues for the World Cup, which kicks off in June. Two years out from the 2016 Olympics, the situation on the construction front is just as bleak. "We have become very concerned. They are not ready in many, many ways," Coates said. "And this is against a city thats got social issues that also have to be addressed; a country thats also trying to deal with the FIFA World Cup coming up in a few months." Coates said dealing with three levels of government in Brazil made it harder for local organizers than it was for the heavily criticized organizers of the Athens Games, which were also plagued by construction delays and earned a "yellow light" warning from then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. "I think this is a worse situaation than Athens," Coates said. Joe Smith Jersey. "In Athens, we were dealing with one government and some city responsibilities. Here, theres three. "There is bureaucracy, there is little co-ordination between the federal, the state government and the city -- which is responsible for a lot of the construction. The flow of funds from the federal government is not happening quickly enough. We think we need to help facilitate that." Coates, who chairs the IOC co-ordination commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said he thinks the IOC has put the message across in Brazil. "We have to make it (the Olympics) happen and that is the IOC approach, you cant walk away from this," he said. "If it comes off -- the first (Olympic) Games on the South American continent, in a magical city in so many ways -- itll be a wonderful experience for the athletes." Work hasnt begun at Deodoro, a complex for eight Olympics sports venues, and the course that will host golfs return to the Olympic program for the first time in more than a century doesnt have grass yet. Water pollution is a big worry for sailing and other sports. Concern over the delays has been building over time but hit crisis levels at the SportAccord meeting in Belek, Turkey, earlier this month. In a rare display of unified, open criticism against an Olympic host, 18 sports federations publicly aired concerns over Rios preparations, with some sports asking about "Plan B" contingencies. The IOC has decided to send a senior troubleshooter, IOC executive director Gilbert Felli, to Brazil as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the games. Coates said other experienced, high-level staff will soon be appointed. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes fired back last week at the complaints by sports federations, saying they were making too many unnecessary demands. Paes said the federations were asking for too many "large things" that wont be used by the city after the Olympics. ' ' '
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EFL predictions with some mouth-w
EFL predictions with some mouth-w