By Will Butcher
Former Leeds star David Prutton believes his old side can claim a point against Championship leaders Newcastle on Sunday.
Both sides have been in impressive form of late, as Leeds moved into a play-off place for the first time this season with a last-gasp 3-2 win against Norwich prior to the international break.
But with eight wins on the spin in all competitions, Leeds must be wary of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
Prutton, who played for Leeds between 2007 and 2010, claimed that the two former Premier League sides could see out a 2-2 draw in front of Elland Road’s first sell-out crowd in six years.
In his Sky Sports column, Prutton said: “This is a score draw for me. If Newcastle had played this fixture six or seven weeks ago, it would have been a straightforward win.
“But there’s a real doggedness and determination about Leeds at the moment and they have a nice bit of quality.
“If they play, I think both Chris Wood and Dwight Gayle can see it as a great opportunity to get on the scoresheet.”
Nine wins in 12 league and cup clashes has propelled Garry Monk’s side to sixth place in the Championship table, as well as securing a place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup against Liverpool.
Three further points at home against the Toon could see Leeds move as high as third in the table if results go their way, leapfrogging the likes of Norwich, Reading and Huddersfield.
A win for former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Benitez though, and the Magpies could take a stronghold of the Championship by going six points clear.