Leeds United Tipped For Further Disappointment By Ex-Player

Leeds United failed to capitalise on both Ipswich Town and Leicester City dropping points on Boxing Day by losing away at Preston North End, meaning the Peacocks dropped to fourth in the table.

The stage looked set for the Yorkshire club to get within touching distance of Ipswich who had some gruelling fixtures on the cards against Norwich City in the East-Anglian Derby and a clash at home to the league leaders Leicester, with a huge match at Elland Road sandwiched in between.

Kieran McKenna’s side managed to come away with merely two points from a possible nine. However, Leeds managed to accumulate merely four, meaning Daniel Farke’s side failed to take advantage of the Tractor Boys’ blip in form.

Coincidentally, the only game across the last three league outings that Leeds were victorious was at home to Ipswich but Tuesday’s dismal defeat at Deepdale has allowed Southampton to overtake them in the table, with the Saints currently on a 16-game unbeaten run in England’s second tier.

Now, the Whites have a difficult match away at West Bromwich Albion on Friday night. Another defeat would allow the Baggies to move within three points of Leeds in the Championship heading into the new year.

This game at the Hawthorns could potentially be yet another banana-skin match for the Premier League promotion hopefuls. Ex-player and EFL pundit David Prutton seems to think so.

Writing in his weekly column for Sky Sports, Prutton has predicted a 1-1 draw between West Brom and Leeds United and explained his reasoning:

“West Brom are doing enough to stay in the top six right now, and with the top two over the hill and far away, that is all they can really do this season. They took a decent win over Norwich on Boxing Day, although it probably should have been more comfortable after the early red card.

“After all that brilliance against Ipswich, Leeds let it slip at Preston. It is so typical of this league and they have it all to do again. Score draw for me.”

Writer’s View

There is still lots of football to be played in the season but Leeds United are running out of chances to make up for slipping on bananas. If they lose and both Ipswich Town and Leicester City win, the task of gaining automatic promotion will become increasingly difficult.

Furthermore, the top two have favourable fixtures against Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City respectively so the likelihood is that both will pick up three points, meaning this game at the Hawthorns is crucial for Leeds.

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