Sky Sports pundit David Prutton is fearful of Huddersfield Town’s chances of taking anything from Leeds United in our Championship clash at Elland Road.
Prutton feels Huddersfield have done themselves some favours in their relegation fight by beating Charlton Athletic last weekend, but notes that Danny Cowley’s John Smith’s Stadium side are still at risk and could easily find themselves back among the basement boys if they are on the receiving end of a drubbing this Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa led United to an “emphatic” result over Hull City last weekend when we stormed to a 4-0 win at the KCOM Stadium, which allowed the club to move within a point of league-leaders West Bromwich Albion after they fell victim to a surprise win for Wigan Athletic.
Huddersfield are only a point clear of the Tigers in the Championship standings, and have only managed to keep out the opponent two more times than the faltering Humberside outfit who have failed to win any of their last ten league games.
League position, then, would suggest Leeds have a strong chance at taking our 21st win of the second-tier season, and Prutton very much expects that to be the case.
“It was an emphatic win for Leeds at Hull last week,” Prutton noted in his column for Sky Sports. “They badly needed to find a way to score more than once in a game, and they did just that.
What will the result be against Huddersfield?
“Huddersfield have recorded back-to-back wins to climb away from the drop zone, but a defeat would likely see them fall right back into it, considering some of the other fixtures this weekend.
“I can’t see them getting anything from Elland Road.”
Prutton does not even expect Huddersfield to score on their travels across West Yorkshire, either, as our former midfielder has backed Bielsa to orchestrate a 2-0 win over the Terriers.
It would be the second time in a row that we have scored more than once in a league game, though would also only be the third time in 2020 having only scored twice against Millwall and Hull since the turn of the year despite playing eleven times.
Huddersfield improved their shaky defensive record somewhat in their 4-0 win over Charlton last time out, but the Terriers had only kept a clean sheet in two of their prior Championship contests in 2020 and none in their previous four.
Both clubs, then, have records that suggest goals could be easy to come by on Saturday, but both clubs also have the potential to cause a lot of frustration if chances start to go begging.