By Will Butcher
David Prutton believes Leeds’ promotion dream would crumble if they met Huddersfield in the Championship play-offs.
Leeds have lost twice to their Yorkshire rivals this season, including a 2-1 loss at Hillsborough on Sunday that saw the managers of both sides sent off after a heated touchline tussle.
Speaking in his Yorkshire Evening Post column, ex-Leeds midfielder Prutton believes David Wagner would hold an advantage over Garry Monk’s side if the rivals met in the playoffs.
Prutton, who also played for rivals Sheffield Wednesday, believes Leeds’ promotion hunt could be halted at the last hurdle, but would love to see the two sides go head-to-head.
“In a play-off meeting between the two, you’d give Huddersfield the advantage,” Prutton said. “They’ve taken six points off Leeds and they deserved every one of them.
“Leeds versus Huddersfield in the play-offs would be epic, especially locally. Does the fall-out from Sunday make me want it more? Absolutely.”
Huddersfield currently sit one point above Leeds with a game in-hand over the former Champions League side, after Michael Hefele scored an 86th-minute winner on Sunday.
If the Championship table remains the same, then Leeds would be tied against Huddersfield as fourth plays against fifth. Third placed Reading would take on Sheffield Wednesday.
With 16 more fixtures remaining for Monk’s side, a lot could change between now and the end of the season.
Monk will be hoping that he gets his promotion charge back on track on Saturday with a win at Elland Road against Cardiff, which could see his side climb into third.
However, the former Swansea boss will only see the fallen giants move into the highest play-off spot if both Reading and Huddersfield drop points.
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