By Callum O'Connell

22nd Sep, 2023 | 10:40am

David Prutton predicts result ahead of Leeds v Watford for Sky Sports

David Prutton has predicted a win for Leeds United when they face Watford at Elland Road, suggesting the visitors’ playing style could be perfect for the Yorkshire side to claim a 2-1 victory.

The Sky Sports host insisted that Leeds were the perfect example of the unpredictability of the Championship, having dismantled Millwall last weekend before stuttering to a 0-0 draw against Hull.

Watford, meanwhile, were disappointed at their 2-2 home draw with West Brom and will be keen to bounce back quickly against Leeds by attacking, which could fall into the hands of the hosts.

Speaking on the Sky Sports Championship Predictions podcast [14:34], Prutton shared: “Given what we’ve seen from Leeds, a couple of sumptuous goals against Millwall, then backing that up with a draw away at Hull in midweek.

“Watford can cause the opposition problems, they can also cause themselves problems. This has the potential to be a very good game. A Watford side that maybe has a bit of the pressure off going away to Leeds United. One to look forward to.

“I’m going to go with Leeds to win 2-1.”

In the write-up column underneath the podcast, Prutton’s prediction read: “Leeds were imperious at Millwall, and then lucky to hold on and get a point at Hull with 10 men. It really does sum up how unpredictable this league can be sometimes.

“Watford have enjoyed a decent week, although they will have been disappointed not to go on and win against West Brom. They will have a go at Leeds, which could play into their hands. Home win.”

Leeds need to find some consistency

As Prutton mentioned, Leeds’ record this season has been inconsistent. The 4-3 thriller against Ipswich Town was followed up by a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday before the 3-0 dismantling of Millwall was similarly followed up by a goalless draw with Hull City.

This inconsistency and unpredictability sums up what can happen in the Championship, and it’s something Leeds and their fans will need to get used to for the coming year, but the team also need to find some consistency.

When they show such quality as they did at The Den, they need to make sure that continues into their next game, and if they can put a good winning run together they could well find themselves in their desired position setting themselves up for a quick promotion.

However, as things stand Leeds have not quite hit those levels on a regular basis and could struggle with the weight of expectation. Watford’s attacking style will suit them, but they must be careful not to be caught out.

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