David Prutton predicts Leeds v Sunderland
By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit and former midfielder David Prutton has predicted Leeds and Sunderland to reach a stalemate in Saturday evening’s Championship clash.
The Yorkshire giants are currently preparing to make the trip to the north east which will see them take on the recently relegated Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.
It will be the first time the two clubs have met in the league since 2006 when goals from David Connolly and Grant Leadbitter gave Sunderland a simple 2-0 victory.
But, Prutton believes it will be more of a contest this time around and has predicted a 2-2 draw, stating that he expects an entertaining match.
“This is a tough one to call. If this was the first game of the season you would fancy Leeds to go there and turn Sunderland over, but it looks like they’ve got a bit of steel about them now,” told Prutton, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
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“There was such a funky atmosphere at the Stadium of Light, but Simon Grayson will be hoping to keep turning that around with a few wins. He’s a low maintenance character and he’s lifted them a bit already. I fancy a high-scoring entertaining draw.”
Leeds have started the season with one victory and two goalless draws in their opening three matches, while Sunderland have had two 1-1 draws alongside a victory, seeing them place above Thomas Christiansen’s side on goal difference alone.
Both will be keen to pick up all three points on Saturday evening with the two sides having aspirations of finishing in the top six of the Championship table at the end of the season.
A win for Leeds could see them move up to fourth place in the Championship table depending on results elsewhere with each of Cardiff, Wolves and Ipswich winning each of their first three games.
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