Leeds have won only two away games since Boxing Day whilst Newcastle have lost only one home match in that same four month period – but David Prutton says that forecasting tonight’s match is a ‘tough call’.
The Sky Sports pundit claims that ‘Newcastle fans don’t like me going against them…’ but it is more the nature of repeatedly predicting NUFC not to win, simply in an effort to be noticed, that gets a bit tedious.
Plus he even said he felt like doing a knee slide after one game where Newcastle conceded a late equaliser.
David Prutton has predicted the matches that are televised live this weekend and so hasn’t given a forecast for Huddersfield v Preston, which stays a 3pm kick-off.
Preston have lost only two of their last 12 games and if they can win at Huddersfield, then a win for Newcastle would mean a 13 point advantage for the Magpies. Which would then leave Huddersfield having to win all of their last five matches and Newcastle lose all their remaining four, if David Wagner’s team were to still finish top two.
Before Newcastle play Leeds, Brighton are on live TV at 5pm and travel to Wolves. The home side won five in a row before surprisingly losing at Bristol City last time out but David Prutton goes for a two goal away win.
He says that Newcastle losing to Sheffield Wednesday has given Chris Hughton’s team an ‘even greater incentive to win’ and a Brighton victory would take them five points clear of Newcastle.
As for the game at St James Park, Prutton goes for a 2-2 draw. A Huddersfield win earlier in the day would exert some pressure, as it would put them within seven points of Newcastle .
David Prutton predictions:
Newcastle v Leeds 7.45pm
“This is a tough call.
“Newcastle fans don’t like me going against them yet when I backed them to draw against Sheffield Wednesday they lost!
“Leeds, meanwhile, came good at Preston after a couple of defeats. It’s the business end of the season and for that reason I foresee a hard-fought draw at St James Park.
“Prediction: Newcastle 2 Leeds 2.”
Wolves v Brighton 3pm
“Wolves delivered an unexpected performance last time out as their five-game winning run came to an end at Bristol City.
“Brighton, meanwhile, are inching ever closer to promotion, and Newcastle’s most-recent slip-up with give them even greater incentive to win.
“Prediction: Wolves 0 Brighton 2.”