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22nd Dec, 2016 | 8:35pm

Sky Sports pundit predicts Leeds clash with Preston, states which player is key

By Amir Mir

David Prutton has predicted Leeds to draw 1-1 with Preston North End at Deepdale during their Boxing Day clash.

Sky Sports pundit Prutton highlighted the importance of striker Chris Wood by stating the Whites have a “tremendous chance of winning”, if they can get him back into action.

The New Zealand international missed Leeds’ last league victory against Brentford at the weekend through injury.

He went off injured in the first-half during the 2-0 win over Reading nine days ago and is now touch and go for the Preston game.

Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Prutton provided his verdict on the festive encounter as he explained why he is predicting a stalemate.

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“If Leeds are able to nurse Chris Wood back to fitness they’ll have a tremendous chance to winning at Preston,” Prutton wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Having won six of their last eight, the latest of which saw them win 1-0 a Brentford with their first attempt on target, they’ll need the big man up top.

“Preston is a tough place to visit and they’ll be up for the game having won last time out at Bristol City. Simon Grayson will be desperate to take something from his former club.”

Garry Monk’s side are sitting in the play-off positions heading into a crucial set of matches.

The former Premier League manager will be hoping he can get star striker Woods fit and ready for these fixtures as they aim to maintain a top six spot.

Prior to his injury, Wood had scored 11 goals in 21 Championship games for the club, including six goals in his previous nine games.

Monk’s side have picked up nine points on the road in their last five away fixtures. Their two defeats came against Derby and Brighton, where they failed to find the back of the net.

The Yorkshire club will now come up against their former manager, Simon Grayson, who has led Preston to 11th in the table on 32 points.

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