Pundit View: Prutton under estimating Roofe’s influence ahead of playoff clash

Leeds United will be playoff finalists according to David Prutton, who has predicted a tight game between the Whites and the Rams in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday evening.

The Yorkshire club were victorious at Pride Park on Saturday meaning that as long as they don’t lose at Elland Road midweek, they will be headed to Wembley

What’s been said then?

Prutton predicted a draw between the two sides when writing up his predictions for this week’s playoff games.

“Kemar Roofe scored the winner at Pride Park, but he’s out of the second leg, and it will have been a frustration for Leeds fans that he’s not been available for so much of the season due to injury. I think he’ll be a big miss.

“I think it’ll be a feisty game, which is what we all like to see in the play-offs, and I can see Leeds sneaking through. That would set-up a final against Villa, which would be decent given how we’ve seen them go up against each other during the course of the season.

“All four teams have been fantastic, and regardless of who reaches the final, it’ll be a packed out Wembley, but a Leeds-Villa final would have a really nice edge to it. Villa had wonderful form to get into it, and Leeds, the frustration of missing out on the automatic places could give them the added impetus to get through in the play-offs.”

The former midfielder signed off his prediction saying that he thinks the game will finish as a 1-1 draw.

Worrying

Even though he talks about how much he will be missed, Prutton still seems to be underestimating how much Kemar Roofe’s absence will affect Leeds in this match.

Roofe was the difference maker at Pride Park in a rather unconvincing performance from the Whites.

If it weren’t for a dodgy penalty decision this tie would be level heading into Wednesday, and Prutton seems to be too optimistic about his former club’s chances.

Remove Roofe from the team last Saturday and Leeds don’t win. Now that the striker has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game there is a high chance that they may fall to Derby in midweek.