Birmingham City v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury has its say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

JONATHAN FORD

Leeds head to the West Midlands on the back of a relieving win at home to Bolton, and, after two weeks break from competitive action, the players have had time to get to know each other a bit better in a more relaxing environment.

We have signed 15 players this summer, which is fantastic, but how many of them have played regularly? We also sold last season’s strikeforce that gave us so many goals. The thing is we have brought in players that to most fans are an unknown, and got rid of players we know well.

In Matt Smith, it was disappointing the way it happened, but if we play passing, free-flowing football, then he would never suit the style, but was always another option in games.

The most impressive thing this season is the emergence of Lewis Cook, who, after a great summer with England Under-17s, came back and didn’t look out of place amongst the first team.

I would stick with him and Mowatt tomorrow because I thought they had an understanding and looked comfortable. We just need that link between midfield and strikeforce. Is Adryan the man for this? Only time will tell. We need to stop being nervous. Last time out, we were comfortable, and then allowed a poor Bolton team to come at us and create chances and put pressure on us.

And it took some heroic goalkeeping from Marco Silvestri to keep it at 1-0.

We are a better team than Birmingham, we have enough to win, we just need to take confidence into the game and we will succeed. It is difficult to suggest who is going to play but I would like to see some pace and some wing play. Billy Sharp thrives on balls into the box and tap-ins and knock downs, and with service will prove a great signing.

I have a lot of friends who are Birmingham fans, it’s a game I love going to because I get to see all of my West Midland family. They know who they are, and I really hope they see the Leeds team that I want to see, because I can’t see anything other than a Leeds win – and I hope I’m not wrong. We need to play our game and set the tone, don’t give them the first 20 minutes to dictate the game.

After the game we need to address the coach/manager situation. As much as I love Neil Redfearn, he has had such an impact on the academy, keep him in there and get a manager in for the first team who isn’t devoid of a plan B, let alone plan A.

Prediction: Birmingham City 0 Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

League Football returns with a televised lunchtime kick-off at Birmingham City.

The break has not brought a new ‘coach’ to the club. Neil Redfearn remains at the helm while president Massimo Celino has been in Miami. The bookies have had at least four favourites but he (Cellino) seems to be taking his time this time to get the right man, if there is such a person.

The players, hopefully, will be ready for a tough game at St Andrews. Lee Clark has seen a large turnover of players and his team sit two places below Leeds with five points. Leeds claimed a rare ‘double’ last season with a 3-1 win there after earlier beating them 4-0 at Elland Road.

I hope Redfearn saw enough to play the same 11 who beat Bolton in his first game as caretaker.

Adyran made a development-game appearance on Monday and could be amongst the substitutes, while Montenegro and Del Fabro still await international clearance.

I’m tipping Leeds to win in front of the TV cameras.

Prediction: Birmingham City 1, Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

Another weekend, another TV game, still no manager and still we don’t know what to expect from this team.Neil Redfearn will likely keep faith with the young side he put out last time around and if they can put in a similar performance they will test Birmingham.

Prediction: Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 1.

JAMES HARRISON

It seems like forever since our last game v Bolton. With a bunch of new signings available for the trip to Birmingam, again there is a shed-load of optimism flying around the place.

I personally don’t think Neil Redfearn will change much to the team that got us back to winnings way two weeks ago.

It really is a winnable game on Saturday; Birmingham aren’t going too well so if we can play like we did against Bolton, we should be coming away with three points. I’d like to see Adryan on the bench, he looks really exciting and could be the player that other teams are frightened to defend against.

Let’s hope for another victory!

Prediction: Birmingham City 0 Leeds United 2.

GARY NEWBOULD

Last season the Whites did the double over the Blues, who escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth, whilst this time around United have one more point and one more win to their name than the hosts. Recent signings Adryan, Del Fabrio and Montenegro are available.

Prediction: Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

The circus surrounding Leeds United continues as we come out of the international break and head into a key fixture against Birmingham City.

The spotlight will fall on the playing side today as Neil Readfern takes charge for the lunchtime kick-off against the Blues on Sky TV. It is to be hoped that the positive feeling created by the win over Bolton continues as the caretaker coach gets another chance to cement his position as the man for the job. Birmingham are a shambles at home and are at the wrong end of the table. It’s a game Leeds should win, but then Leeds don’t seem to do anything they should. However, I feel strangely confident.

Prediction: Birmingham City 1 Leeds United 2.

Luke Ayling.

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