Prutton Previews: Hull City vs Leeds United

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 5:19pm

By David Prutton

Former footballer, now turned Love Sport presenter and EFL pundit, David Prutton gives us his preview for this weekend's best game and a prediction!

My feature match this weekend is a Yorkshire Derby, East versus West. Hull city versus Leeds United.

For Hull city I have an affection for this town because it's where I'm from.

Unfortunately it's been since New Year's Day when they [Hull City] last won in the championship, they haven't won since. 

Obviously Jarrod Bowen's left, he's meandered all the way down to London to play for West Ham, and Kamil Grosicki has gone over to West Brom. So he's quite obviously eyeing the Premier League in a different way to Jarrod.

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But I think from Hull's point of view, it's going to be a lack of firepower that they've lost with regard to Bowen going and Grosicki going which means they find themselves in a tricky situation between now and the end of the season. Got to get the points on the board to make sure they are safe.

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But Leeds are in town - very, very ominous. Three wins on the spin; three, one-nil wins when at one stage it felt like the blip that they were enduring and West Brom was going to draw the chasing pack back in, it's now back to five points between second and third. 

Kalvin Phillips missed out in the game in mid week whilst Ben white stepped back into midfield. 

They overcame a Boro side. Again, they're fighting for their lives at the bottom end the division. So it's nicely teed up.

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Perhaps the different ends of the spectrum, the championship spectrum, one team looking to be as safe as possible as soon as possible. And Leeds obviously, perennially looking to get back into the Premier League, so it's going to be a tough ask for Hull city. 

Players to watch out for

I think if the evergreen Pablo Hernandez is the man pulling the strings, 35-years-old, he is a shocking age for a footballer! But he's doing very, very well indeed. 

And from Hull City's points of view, Marcus Maddison has come from Peterborough. He's played for Grant McCann before, capable of the absolutely spectacular and I mean that in every single sense of the word, some of the goals that he's scored have been phenomenal and he's the type of man that you think that Hull will be looking to rely on to get themselves as I said, as safe as possible as soon as possible."

Prediction

I see Leeds going there and winning two-nil.  

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