David Prutton predicts Leeds United v Preston North End

Chris Wood of Leeds celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds,...

Leeds United host Preston North End at Elland Road on Saturday.

David Prutton has told Sky Sports that he expects Leeds United to edge out Preston North End and make it three wins on the bounce this Saturday.

Leeds ride the crest of a wave into their first Championship match at Elland Road under Thomas Christiansen, having kicked off their campaign by beating Bolton 3-2 on Sunday, before reaching the second round of the League Cup by thumping Port Vale 4-1.

Although the Whites have scored seven in two matches, they have also conceded three and, against better opposition, such deficiencies may be more ruthlessly exploited.

David Prutton of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley at Hillsborough Stadium on August 10, 2013 in...

And Prutton believes that Christiansen has a number of defensive issues to sort out, but claims that United, whose League Cup win came due to a Samu Saiz hat-trick, have found another figure to alleviate Chris Wood of the goalscoring burden at the other end.

He told Sky Sports: "Leeds have had a great week so far! They were impressive against Bolton on Sunday and had another good win in the Carabao Cup.

"Defensively they've got a few things to address but the hat-trick from the new boy Samu Saiz suggests that some of the pressure may be lifted from Chris Wood's shoulders this season, which can only be a good thing for them.

"Preston got a good win in their first game under Alex Neil at the weekend, but were upset by Accrington in midweek, and that won't do their rhythm any good despite the fact they made changes. Home win for me."

Leeds, under Garry Monk, finished seventh last season and the expectation is that Christiansen goes one better and secures a playoff spot at least.

Another victory this weekend would consolidate that belief.

Chris Wood of Leeds celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

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