By Russell Edge
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has said that he believes Middlesbrough’s good form will be enough for them to secure victory over Leeds United on Sunday.
Former Whites boss Garry Monk, who spent a year with the club before departing over the summer, will be making his first return to Elland Road, after joining the north east side a month after resigning from his former post.
He has helped guide the club into fifth place after 16 games, 10 points behind league leaders Sheffield United, and has seen his players pick up three consecutive victories.
Leeds meanwhile have been on a dreadful run of form as of late, with seven defeats in nine games seeing them slip from the very top of the table into 10th, 13 points adrift off the Blades and three points behind both Boro and Aston Villa in the last two play off spots.
While Prutton acknowledges the magnitude of the occasion, with pressure building on Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen, he believes that the Whites will continue to suffer, this time at the hands of their old manager.
Predicting a 2-1 win for Boro, he said on Sky Sports’ website: “Who would have thought a month or so ago that Middlesbrough would go to Elland Road ahead of Leeds in the table?
“Leeds looked superb earlier in the season but things have gone badly wrong for Thomas Christiansen and his side, and all of a sudden this game on Sunday is a big, big occasion for them.
“That being said, I think Boro are in good form and will get all three points.”
Leeds know that if they fail to pick up a draw or a win on Sunday, they will have gone an entire month without picking up a single point in the second tier.
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