David Prutton predicts Leeds v Preston
By Danny Wright
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that Leeds will extend their winning run with a victory over Preston at Elland Road on Saturday.
The 35-year-old has Thomas Christiansen’s men down to win 2-1 against Alex Neil’s Preston, who suffered a humiliating shock defeat in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday when there were knocked out by League Two side Accrington Stanley.
Leeds will be going into their first home clash of the Championship season having scored seven goals in two games thanks to a narrow 3-2 win at Bolton last weekend which was followed up by a 4-1 mauling of Port Vale in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Former Whites midfielder Prutton believes that the goal scoring capability that was showcased against Vale, while Chris Wood was not on the pitch, means that Christiansen could be overseeing a good season for his side.
“Leeds have had a great week so far! They were impressive against Bolton on Sunday and had another good win in the Carabao Cup. Defensively they’ve got a few things to address but the hat-trick from the new boy Samu Saiz suggests that some of the pressure may be lifted from Chris Wood’s shoulders this season, which can only be a good thing for them,” said Prutton on the Sky Sports website.
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“Preston got a good win in their first game under Alex Neil at the weekend, but were upset by Accrington in midweek, and that won’t do their rhythm any good despite the fact they made changes. Home win for me.”
Although its still early days in the 2017/18 Championship season, Leeds could go top of the table if Prutton’s prediction becomes reality.
Preston also won their opening game of the campaign last weekend when they secured an impressive 1-0 win over promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday.
Prutton spent three seasons on the books at Elland Road while Leeds were in League One.
The former England Under-21 international made 72 appearances for the Yorkshire side across all competitions, scoring four goals.