Former Leeds United star and current Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has said that he expects that the Whites will be forced to share the points with Nottingham Forest in their New Year’s Day clash.
Forest come into the game having sacked manager Mark Warburton on Sunday, the former Rangers boss departing with the club sitting in 14th in the Championship.
Their last match saw them slip to a 1-0 defeat to a struggling Sunderland side at the City Ground, which was their fourth match without victory.
Leeds meanwhile have recovered from their abysmal run of form earlier in the season to mount a charge for a playoff spot come the end of the season, although a shock defeat to bottom of the table Birmingham City put an end to their run of four successive victories.
Prutton, who evidently wrote the latest entry in his regular column for Sky Sports prior to the sacking of Warburton, says that the clash is a chance for Leeds to prove their mental strength and pick up three points, although he does not see it going that way.
Predicting a 1-1 draw between the two sides, he wrote on Sky Sports’ website: “That was a hugely frustrating defeat for Leeds against Birmingham after such a good run of form.
“But there will always be setbacks in the Championship and Nottingham Forest at home presents a great opportunity for them to bounce back.
“Forest have been on a difficult run themselves but Mark Warburton will get them up for this one on New Year’s Day, and I fancy them to earn a draw.”
Leeds came out on top when the two sides met at the City Ground back in August, with Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski netting in a 2-0 win for Thomas Christiansen’s men.
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