David Prutton predicts Leeds v Reading, names key player for hosts

By Russell Edge

Former Leeds United midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted a return to winning ways for the Whites on Saturday.

Thomas Christiansen’s side will host Reading at Elland Road having suffered two successive defeats to Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday prior to the international break.

The defeat to the Owls saw Leeds far from their best, as a Gary Hooper double and a 30-yard Kieran Lee strike sank the Whites 3-0 against their local rivals.

However despite their poor run of form, which has seen them slip from league leaders into fifth place, Prutton believes that they will overcome Reading on Saturday, highlighting the return of club captain Liam Cooper as a major boost.

Predicting a 2-1 win for Leeds on Sky Sports’ website, Prutton wrote: “It looked at one stage like Leeds could storm it this season.

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“Such is the nature of the division that they quickly got dragged back in.

“Thomas Christiansen will have issues to address after that thumping defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but having Liam Cooper back from suspension in defence will help a lot.

“Reading, meanwhile, have had a really poor couple of months. This was the kind of game they would have fancied themselves in last season, but I just feel this will be a Leeds win.”

Cooper missed the club’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday as a result of a one match suspension, having seen himself dismissed in the 3-1 defeat against Cardiff.

Reading have endured a tough start to the season, having managed to pick up just two wins from their opening ten matches, leaving them just two places from the relegation zone in 20th.

It is a far cry from the side which were beaten on penalties in the play off final by Huddersfield Town, having finished third behind champions Newcastle United and second placed Brighton.

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