David Prutton predicts playoff-chasing Leeds' Yorkshire derby against Rotherham

Leeds United players celebrate after the match

The former Whites man believes his old side should be braced to face more fight from the struggling Millers.

David Prutton  - Leeds United

David Prutton has predicted for Sky Sports that Leeds United will face a fired-up Rotherham United this weekend, but still expects his old side to emerge victorious in the Yorkshire derby.

The Whites travel to the New York Stadium in Saturday's late kick-off to face the Millers, who are already eight points adrift at the bottom of the table.

In contrast, Leeds are currently just one point and one place outside the play-off places thanks to a run of form which has seen them win nine and lose just three of their last 13 games in all competitions.

Despite Leeds' home loss to Championship leaders Newcastle United last time out, all the signs would seem to point towards a win for Garry Monk's side.

However, Prutton has stressed that Rotherham will be particularly fired up for the clash with their local rivals, and warned Leeds to expect more fight than has been typically on show from the home side.

Prutton wrote for Sky Sports: "This is a bit of a derby, and for that reason and that reason alone, I think we'll see a bit more fight from Rotherham. But it's not just fight they need, it's quality as well.

Leeds United players celebrate after the match

"With Leeds having seen the benchmark that Newcastle set, and having worked on the training ground, I think you'll see a Leeds side that want to get back into that top six.

"For a club of that statute, top six is what they should be aiming for this season."

Leeds will be desperate to recover from their home defeat to Newcastle in the best possible fashion by securing a third Yorkshire derby win of the season, having already beaten Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

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