Sky Sports pundit and ex-Leeds star predicts Saturday's clash with Aston Villa

David Prutton  - Leeds United

David Prutton has given his assessment ahead of the game at Elland Road.

David Prutton  - Leeds United

Sky Sports pundit and former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton has written in his weekly predictions column that he believes there will be nothing to separate the in-form side and rising Aston Villa when the two teams meet at Elland Road on Saturday.

Leeds host Villa in Saturday's late kick-off in a battle of two of the Championship's in-form teams in recent weeks.

Though they lost at home to Liverpool in the EFL Cup in midweek, the Whites have tasted defeat just once in their last six league games, winning four, with that loss coming against league leaders Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Villa are unbeaten in seven games since Steve Bruce's appointment in mid-October, gaining 15 points from a possible 21 in that time.

Prutton, who played for Leeds between 2007 and 2010, believes that it will be difficult to separate the two sides at Elland Road on Saturday, and predicted a 2-2 draw.

The 35-year-old wrote for Sky Sports: "Villa are still unbeaten under Steve Bruce, he's very pragmatic, and is getting the most out of players like Jonathan Kodjia, who has really come to the party for them.

"Again, they come up against a Leeds team who had differing results in the past seven days. They won at Rotherham, but with a second-half performance that you could see Garry Monk was far from happy with. But with a couple of changes to the team they did themselves very proud against a Liverpool team that was full of energy and youth.

Leeds United players celebrate after the match

"When you see how Villa played at Brighton, and how Leeds saw Newcastle come and dominate, I can see a draw here."

A draw is a result which would be far from disastrous for either team, but both sets of fans will likely feel that their side is capable of winning the game.

A win for Leeds could take them up to fourth if Birmingham City lose, whilst victory for Villa could feasibly lift them as high as seventh.

Aston Villa's Albert Adomah celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates

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