David Prutton predicts Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday result

Hertha Berlin's Dutch head coach Jos Luhukay is seen during the German first division Bundesliga football match Berlin vs Leverkusen at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on February 4, 2015....

Sheffield United host Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Friday night.

Hertha Berlin's Dutch head coach Jos Luhukay is seen during the German first division Bundesliga football match Berlin vs Leverkusen at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on February 4, 2015....

David Prutton has told Sky Sports that predicting the result of Sheffield United's upcoming derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday is difficult, and thus, he is expecting the two sides to play out an exhilarating draw at Bramall Lane on Friday night.

On paper, you would be forgiven for believing that the Blades should ensure that they go into the weekend inside the Championship's top six by beating the Owls. 

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Norwich City at Bramall Lane on September 16, 2017 in Sheffield,...

Chris Wilder's men are second and their form is fairly impressive with two wins from their last four games in all competitions, while Wednesday have won once in their last 11 and are 12 points back of their bitter rivals in 16th.

However, the game will be Jos Luhukay's first game of charge of the Owls after being appointed as Carlos Carvalhal's successor at Hillsborough, and derbies often see the formbook somewhat thrown out of the window - and Prutton believes that Luhukay could oversee a positive result in his first game in charge.

"A new era begins for Sheffield Wednesday under Jos Luhukay, and what a place it is for him to start! If he didn't know what the Steel City derby was about already, he will by the end of Friday night. It's a real baptism of fire for him," he told Sky Sports while explaining why he is expecting a 2-2 draw.

Leon Clarke (L) of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Hull City at Bramall Lane on November 4, 2017 in...

"The first game between these two at Hillsborough was one of the games of the season in the Championship and, once again, this is a tough one to call. I'm going to have to go for an entertaining draw."

Despite the fact that United have only drawn three games all season, it may not be that great a surprise if the points are shared given that those three draws came in the Blades' last eight games, while Wednesday have actually drawn more games than they have won in the league this term. 

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