David Prutton predicts Ipswich vs Leeds result; labels Whites' cup display 'dreadful'

Thomas Christiansen, Manager of Leeds United arrives prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport,...

Ipswich Town host Leeds United at Portman Road in the Championship this weekend.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

David Prutton has told Sky Sports that he is expecting Ipswich and Leeds to play out a draw when they meet this Saturday, and labelled the Whites' FA Cup display last weekend as dreadful.

Thomas Christiansen's men have now gone three games without a win, but there is no question that the most recent result will sting the most as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport County.

Leeds player Samuel Saiz (21) is held back by team mates after being red carded during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on...

Leeds were outplayed for most of the game and could have few complaints when the League Two side scored twice late on to turn the game around, and Ipswich will be hoping to capitalise at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy's men's form is even more worrying however, with the Tractor Boys losing their last three and not winning since mid-December. But Prutton believes that they will end their losing run on Saturday with the points being shared.

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy and Assistant Terry O'Connor during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on December 2, 2017 in...

"If Ipswich are to rekindle any hopes of a play-off push then getting three points against Leeds would be a great place to start. A poor Christmas period saw Mick McCarthy's men drop right off the pace again," he told Sky Sports while explaining why he is expecting a 1-1 draw.

"Leeds put in a dreadful performance at Newport in the FA Cup at the weekend, but Thomas Christiansen won't be too bothered if they go on to book a top-six spot. I can't split these two, however, so I'll back a draw."

Ipswich caused Leeds some real problems at Elland Road when they met earlier in the season before the Whites came out on top when Bartosz Bialkowski dropped a Pablo Hernandez cross over the goal line for the winner. 

And after the result at Rodney Parade at the weekend, there is surely no question that Christiansen would take a slightly underwhelming performance from his players if it also saw the team get back to winning ways. 

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