'Taking the Championship by storm' - Sky Sports pundit predicts Leeds clash v Hull
Leeds United welcome Hull City to Elland Road on Tuesday night knowing that a victory can see them return to the top of the Championship table.
West Brom and Leeds are swapping positions each week as the two Championship powerhouses tussle over who deserves the top spot and seek out automatic promotion to the Premier League.
At the moment, Albion are two points clear of the Whites but the Slaven Bilic’s side does not play against Wigan until Wednesday so there is a 24-hour period where Marcelo Bielsa’s men could find themselves sitting in first.
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that Leeds will do just that by winning 3-1 against Hull on Tuesday.
Writing on the Sky Sports website, the former Leeds player said: “We seem to be saying it every week, but this Leeds team are taking the Championship by storm and I can’t see anything but a win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side here. Their game management is excellent and they often pick up points even when they aren’t at the races.”
“Grant McCann will have certainly hoped for an easier ride in the last two outings. Hull were comfortably beaten by basement side Barnsley at Oakwell and then had to rely on Jarrod Bowen to rescue a win against Stoke. They need to pick up a few more wins or he could be off in January.”
Leeds have won their last six fixtures in the Championship while Hull are struggling to find consistency with two wins and two losses in their last five outings.
Bowen remains a threat for the Tigers though and is someone who Bielsa and his players will have to neutralise if they want to make life easier for themselves under the floodlights on Tuesday night.
The Hull forward scored twice in this fixture last season when the Humberside club won 2-0 at Elland Road on December 29.
That cannot happen again if Leeds want to go retain top spot in the Championship before West Brom play against Wigan 24 hours later.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has delivered an injury update on Liam Cooper ahead of the match against Hull.