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The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Burnley at Turf Moor.

JONATHAN FORD

Well, what can be said about this week that hasn’t been said already?

I think, particularly in light of results from our last two matches, we go into this game against a form team in Burnley thinking we will be lucky to not concede four.

But it would be just like this Leeds United team to win the most difficult game of the last three.

The players obviously need to respond.

The faithful fans do not deserve this lack of performance from them and a massive away following deserves at least basic effort.

I think Ross McCormack and Connor Wickham need to start affecting the game in a positive way like they did at Queens Park Rangers.

In the last two games they have been non-existent and it has fallen to Matt Smith to pick up the pieces.

That said, he, Smith, has actually impressed on both occasions he has come off the bench, mainly for his never-give-up effort and attitude, which is all Leeds fans ask for.

I think there has also been a definite lack of cohesion and lack of thought from the forwards lately.

I mean Smith won everything in the air on Tuesday and neither striker decided to gamble that he would win them.

However, Brian McDermott was clutching at straws if he thinks that game could have been 5-4 because we ran out of steam after 10 brief minutes of forward play.

I would like to see us play 4-3-3 on Saturday and Smith brought it with Wickham and McCormack either side.

Tom Lees is leading a charmed life in the defence but he is the best of what we have left to be honest.

Jason Pearce made a mistake on Tuesday but with the exception of that has been our most consistent player in my book and is my player of the season (so far).

He is the only player in our team that would still make a header to save a goal even if the football was a bullet.

I think we need to just give it our best and look to summer.

We need to find a genuine leader who is obvious because we don’t quite have it at the moment.

Changes need to be made.

As for tomorrow, I will always put a Leeds win as I have said all season but my head just can’t see us winning.

I hope I am wrong.

Prediction: Burnley 0, Leeds United 1.

KEITH INGHAM

Another horrendous night for the faithful, as Reading beat Leeds 4-2 on Tuesday, putting more pressure on the manager.

It’s scandalous how highly paid players can only bother to try when their pride has taken a knock.

The songs from a unhappy ‘Kop’ were fully justified and the current first team needs to have a long look at themselves for the way they have treated some of the most loyal supporters in football.

They are rightly praised when they play well so should expect some ‘stick’ when they provide the debacle that continued on Tuesday night, four days after the hammering Bolton gave them.

I fear another ‘hammering’ this coming weekend as this Burnley side is the best I’ve seen in the Championship this season, fast and well-organised and my tip for a automatic place to go to the Premiership.

They have players who know their jobs and do them well.

Even my heart can’t give Leeds a chance in this fixture.

Prediction: Burnley 3 Leeds United 0.

GARY NEWBOULD

Any player without bottle and pride to wear the shirt should not bother boarding the coach for Burnley.

Some fight and application from players are a basic requirement. Only a fool would predict anything other than a home win.

Prediction: Burnley 3 Leeds United 1.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

After suffering back-to-back humiliating home defeats we travel to high-flying Burnley tomorrown.

Turf Moor has become something of a fortress as they are the only team in the Championship to still be unbeaten at home this season and manager Sean Dyche has proved that you can succeed in this division on a small budget.

The club I love is in total disarray on and off the pitch and it’s clear that we need a decision on the takeover ASAP so we can get Massimo Cellino in or look for alternatives. Over to you, Football League! Yes, I am going for a Burnley win so the least I expect to see is blood, sweat and tears for that white shirt!

Prediction: Burnley 2 Leeds United 0.

STEPHEN CLARK

There will be another huge following making the trip to Burnley more in hope than expectation, but displaying the loyalty that quite frankly this club does not deserve.

And the players need to wear the shirt with pride.

prediction: Who knows? I’ve given up trying to predict what happens next.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

The work Sean Dyche has done at Burnley over the last 12 months has been nothing short of a miracle.

His top scorer was sold in the summer, yet with minimal reinvestment his Clarets side are seemingly bound for the Premier League. Meanwhile, we have to listen to excuse after excuse about why our squad, built on a significantly bigger budget than Burnley’s, continue to embarrass our fans with utterly abject performances.

We all know what a mess GFH have made of selling the club, but that does not excuse the dreadful on-the-field displays we are witnessing at the moment.

Prediction: Burnley 3, Leeds United 0.

Thomas Christiansen

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