David Prutton predicts Leeds clash v Reading, delivers verdict on over-reliance on Wood
By Amir Mir
David Prutton has predicted Leeds to draw 2-2 against Reading on Saturday evening in what will be a crucial Championship encounter.
Sky Sports pundit Prutton believes taking 20 plus goals away from “any team” would have an effect on them when he was responding to Jaan Kermorgant’s comments.
The Reading striker got the ball rolling ahead of the weekend clash when he claimed that the Whites are a “one-man team”.
Kermorgant was referring to New Zealand international Chris Wood who has scored 24 league goals this season and is the top goalscorer in the division.
Ahead of the crucial promotion clash, Prutton gave his thoughts on the fixture and the comments that have been made by Reading.
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“There’s a bit of needle between the managers and that’s great,” Prutton told Sky Sports. “Jaap Stam has had a few words to say about Leeds’ approach to the game and Yann Kermorgant questioned their reliance on Chris Wood.
“Having said that, if you take 20-plus goals from any team that will have an effect. Everyone has their own philosophy, though, and whether you are a purist or someone focused exclusively on results, it stokes it up a bit.”
During the reverse fixture, it was Garry Monk’s side who came on top when they secured a comfortable 2-0 win at Elland Road.
That game saw the away side record 77 per cent possession with Royals manager Jaap Stam hitting out at the Yorkshire club’s playing style after the defeat.
Now, they are set to meet at the Madjeski Stadium with the away team sitting one place and two points above their opponents.
Throughout the Championship campaign, both Reading and Leeds have shown promotion form and they are likely to finish in the top six with eight games of the season remaining.
However, they will still be looking over their shoulders, with Fulham, Norwich and Preston looking to close the gap on the top six.
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