Former Leeds United star and current Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has said that he expects the Whites’ clash with Middlesbrough to be a tight affair on Friday night.
Paul Heckingbottom and his side will be hoping that the showdown at the Riverside Stadium goes ahead in the freezing conditions, with Boro having refused to rule out the possibility of a postponement, as they look to build on their very first win of 2018 last weekend.
A header from Liam Cooper was enough to secure the three points at home against Brentford and end a 10 game run without a win which stretched back to Boxing Day of last year, and left them sitting 11th in the Championship table, five points off the play off spots.
Middlesbrough meanwhile were minutes away from securing victory over north east rivals Sunderland in the Wear-Tees derby last weekend, but an injury time equaliser from Callum McManaman meant the points were shared in a feisty clash which saw both teams have a player sent off, although Adama Traore saw his ban overturned leaving him available for Friday’s game.
Predicting a 2-1 win for Leeds, Prutton wrote in his column on Sky Sports’ website: “That last-minute equaliser conceded at Sunderland last week would have come as a huge blow to Middlesbrough as they desperately search for some consistency in their play-off push.
“Paul Heckingbottom finally got his first win as Leeds boss last week and they will hope to kick on from there and push back towards where they want to be.
“This will be a tight game that could go either way, but I fancy Leeds to just sneak it.”
The reverse fixture saw Leeds come out as victors at Elland Road, goals from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski securing a 2-1 win, and another victory over Boro would see them move level on points with their rivals, who currently sit eighth in the table.
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