David Prutton predicts Cardiff vs Leeds result; backs Pierre-Michel Lasogga to score first

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Two of the Championship's top three meet on Tuesday as Leeds United travel to face Cardiff City.

Manager of Cardiff City Neil Warnock looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City at Loftus Road on March 4, 2017 in London, England.

David Prutton has told Sky Sports that he is expecting Cardiff and Leeds to play out an entertaining draw when they meet in a crucial Championship game on Tuesday night.

The Bluebirds and the Whites are two of the early pace-setters in the division, having surprised many by both winning six of their first nine games in the league this term.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Goal difference is all that separates Leeds in top spot and Cardiff in third, and they both go into Tuesday's clash off the back of narrow victories, with Neil Warnock's men beating Sunderland and Thomas Christiansen's side winning 3-2 against Ipswich.

And Prutton has struggled to separate the two teams, suggesting that he is expecting the two teams to still be locked on the same number of points after the game. 

Leeds players celebrate after beating Burnley on penalties during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

"Is it going to be an early season marker for who might get into the top two by the end? It's probably a bit early for that but it's certainly a barometer for the ambitions of these sides," he told Sky Sports when explaining why he is expecting a 2-2 scoreline with Pierre-Michel Lasogga to score first.

"Both sides had good wins on Saturday and will be confident heading into this game. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock will fancy getting one over on his old side and I fancy an entertaining draw."

It becomes even harder to try and work out who is more likely to win when you consider that while Cardiff have the home advantage and have not lost at home in the league since April, Leeds probably have the greater amount of momentum from their more recent fixtures.

Since the international break, Leeds have won three of their four league games while they also knocked Premier League side Burnley out of the League Cup last week. Meanwhile, Cardiff's weekend win was their first victory following the most recent break, so Warnock will be hoping that they can build on that momentum against one of his former sides.

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