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David Prutton predicts the outcome of Leeds’ trip to Sheffield United

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After what has been a pulsating week of Championship action, it continues once more this weekend with matchday 20 as we approach the halfway mark of the 2018/19 campaign.

As always after the international break, the fixtures come thick and fast, and that is even more applicable now with the festive period approaching.

We are on the cusp of December and a busy month ahead for teams up and down the country and the first stop on a fast-paced voyage to the New Year is this weekend when Leeds United travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United.

Both teams need the points in order to keep in touching distance of the top spot while also underlying their promotion credentials in possibly the match of the weekend in the Championship.

Ahead of the match, Sky Sports enlisted the help of ex-professional-turned-pundit, David Prutton, to try and predict the outcome of the clash.

The EFL presenter said: “Sheffield United are fifth in the table heading into the weekend, but a decent win would see them move top of the Championship ahead of the rest of the 3pm kick-offs, that’s how close things are right now!

“Leeds have won their last couple of games despite their injury problems, but the fixture list has been quite kind to them, and they have Bailey Peacock-Farrell to thank for that fantastic late penalty save against Reading. 

“There should be goals in this game, but I fancy a draw here. 2-2.”

The verdict

It’s hard to disagree with David Prutton on this scoreline.

Both teams score goals – 32 each this season – in what looks to be an entertaining contest.

Sheffield United and Leeds will both want to get the ball forward and attack with vigour, and it will be down to the Blades to set the tone, being at home.

The way Marcelo Bielsa sets up his side they will relish playing at Bramall Lane and look to exploit the large pitch that Chris Wilder’s men have.

Both are in the top six and with an eye on automatic promotion – it’s too hard to call this fixture, so a draw seems the best bet.

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