Leeds United go top: David Prutton predicts Middlesbrough clash along with Leicester blow

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Leeds United have to wait until Monday to get themselves back on track in the automatic promotion race, travelling up to Middlesbrough to face Michael Carrick’s side.

Daniel Farke’s men needed wins from their two home games against Sunderland and Blackburn, but could only muster one point from a possible six.

A boost for Leeds came in the fact that both Ipswich and Leicester failed to win in the last two, meaning the gap hasn’t extended that much to the automatic places.

Championship table as it stands: Southampton breathing down Leeds’ neck

With Leeds and Leicester losing against Rovers and Plymouth respectively, while Ipswich could only draw at home to Middlesbrough, Southampton have taken full advantage of the wobble to drag themselves back into contention.

Beating Watford at the weekend with a last-gasp handball, they kept up their momentum against Preston in midweek with the first of their two games in-hand, winning comfortably 3-0.

It means it’s now definitely a four-way race for the top two, with every side expected to hit the 90s for points:

Position Club P W D L GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 43 26 11 6 32 89
2 Leicester City 42 28 4 10 41 88
3 Leeds United 43 26 9 8 42 87
4 Southampton 42 25 9 8 30 84

Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?

David Prutton predicts Middlesbrough v Leeds result

David Prutton has now predicted the scoreline for the game, sharing his thoughts on the Sky Sports Championship Predictions podcast.

He thinks Leeds will come away with a 2-1 victory, as he said:

“Yes and they need one don’t they because of what’s going on around them.

“They’ve looked in a bit of a funk in the last few games. They’re not at their rhythmic best but maybe having some real confidence that comes from a whole batch of EFL awards that got chucked their way collectively.

“Maybe that spurs them back on because they’ve got to get back to it.

“But not straightforward as we know against a Boro side that has at times looked effective this season under Michael.

“But they’ll be disappointed that they’re not going to be knocking on the door of the top six.”

Ipswich are not in action this weekend, while Leicester take on West Brom at home, in which Prutton expects a 2-2 draw, which would see Leeds move a point clear of the Foxes and go top on goal difference.

Southampton travel to Cardiff City, and Prutton backs them to get their fourth win in a row with a 1-2 away win.

Another huge game for Leeds and Leicester

With Ipswich not in action for the next two times Leeds play, we could really throw down the gauntlet with two wins at ‘Boro and QPR.

Doing so would put us clear of the Tractor Boys for now and then put the pressure on them for when they catch up.

It’s getting to that point in the season where performances are secondary to our results, but we need to improve to stand a chance.

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