Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has shared fears that Leeds United could become complacent, with the club holding a commanding advantage over third-placed Brentford.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites head into our meeting with Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday holding a nine-point lead over Brentford, having won more Championship fixtures (15) than any other second-tier side after 26 games.
Only second-placed West Bromwich Albion have lost on fewer occasions than United, too, with the Baggies beaten just twice to our four defeats to date.
But Prutton is insistent that Bielsa cannot allow the players to fall into a false sense of security in the automatic promotion race, having travelled to Premier League big-hitters Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night and displayed what we are capable of producing.
“Leeds were brilliant for 45 minutes against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night, and their fans will be hoping that’s a sign of things to come next season,” Prutton wrote in his column for Sky Sports.
“They are top of the league and have a big gap to third, but need to focus on the job at hand. Sheffield Wednesday had a really poor festive season, losing their last three on the spin. Despite their poor form, I fancy them to get a point.”
What will the result be vs Sheffield Wednesday?
Prutton has predicted a 2-2 draw for our meeting with Monk’s side at Elland Road this weekend, which would represent our eighth tie of the term and the Owls’ seventh.
Sheffield Wednesday have thus far drawn twice on the road in the league this season, with honours even at Cardiff City in October and later at Derby County on December 11.
We, meanwhile, have drawn four of our 12 home Championship fixtures in our promotion-chasing campaign, with points shared against Nottingham Forest, Derby, Cardiff and Preston North End.
Only taking a point at Elland Road against the Owls on Saturday would be our third-straight draw at home, and open the door for West Brom to move atop the second-tier standings should they win at Charlton Athletic.
In other Leeds United news, the club plan to bring a youth international to Thorp Arch next week ahead of a potential transfer.