By Amir Mir
David Prutton has predicted Leeds and Aston Villa to draw 2-2 in their highly anticipated clash at Elland Road on Saturday evening.
Sky Sports pundit Prutton singled out Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia for his performances this term and hailed manager Steve Bruce for getting the best out of the 27-year-old.
Kodjia has scored six goals in his last seven Championship games under the promotion expert and seven overall for the Midlands side following his big money move from Bristol City in the summer.
Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Prutton was full of praise for Garry Monk and Bruce as he explained why he believes the game will finish in a draw.
“Villa are still unbeaten under Steve Bruce, he’s very pragmatic, and is getting the most out of players like Jonathan Kodjia, who has really come to the party for them,” Prutton wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“Again, they come up against a Leeds team who had differing results in the past seven days. They won at Rotherham, but with a second-half performance that you could see Garry Monk was far from happy with. But with a couple changes to the team they did themselves very proud against a Liverpool team that was full of energy and youth.
“When you see how Villa played at Brighton, and how Leeds saw Newcastle come and dominate, I can see a draw here.”
Additionally, they have won four out of their last five league games with their sole loss coming against Newcastle on November 20.
By contrast, Steve Bruce’s men are unbeaten in the seven games he has taken charge of, winning four and drawing three.
Villa are four points off a play-off place and they could close the gap on their promotion rivals at the weekend with a win.
The Whites currently sit in fifth place with 29 points from 19 games, but a defeat against Villa could see them being overtaken by the four teams who are just below them.
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