Pundit thinks Cooper return will boost Leeds United against Reading

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton is confident that Leeds United will pick up just their second win in five games when they face Reading at Elland Road on Saturday.

Thomas Christiansen’s side had a stellar start to the season, going on a seven-match unbeaten run in the Championship and sitting at the top of the table.

However, defeats to Millwall, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday have forced the Whites down to fifth in the standings.

The club are only four points adrift of the top spot, so are by no means out of the race for promotion, but the recent results may have given the manager food for thought.

Prutton believes that the return of Liam Cooper will be a big boost to the defence, particularly as Pontus Jansson is suffering with an injury.

Cooper was forced to miss the 3-0 defeat to the Owls due to a red card that he picked up during the loss to Cardiff in the previous match.

In his Sky Sports predictions, Prutton has backed Leeds to come away with a victory.

“It looked at one stage like Leeds could storm it this season, but such is the nature of the division that they quickly got dragged back in. Thomas Christiansen will have issues to address after that thumping defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but having Liam Cooper back from suspension in defence will help a lot.”