Charlton v Leeds United: YEP Jurors give their predictions

Leeds' Liam Cooper rises above Fulham's Ross McCormack.

Leeds' Liam Cooper rises above Fulham's Ross McCormack.

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s clash at Charlton Athletic.

STEPHEN CLARK

It seems incredible that three weeks ago Leeds entered an international break on the back of a five-match unbeaten run.

The team, based around homegrown talent, were playing a brand of football the fans were enjoying and although they had ridden their luck a little bit in some games, there was a genuine feeling of optimism.

However, this is Leeds United and just when all seems right, we somehow manage to shoot ourselves in the foot, and there is absolutely no doubt that the latest wound to the club is completely self-inflicted, and who pulled the trigger.

It has been well-documented that since Massimo Cellino’s disqualification by the Football League in December removed him from interfering in the club’s affairs, Neil Redfearn has turned things around on the playing side. Assisted by Steve Thompson, the diamond has been ditched, Luke Murphy and Scott Wootton have been rescued from the scrap heap and our foreign imports have largely been cast aside, replaced by the latest products from the conveyor belt of talent being produced by the Academy. Now, with a return to the club just around the corner, it seems clear that the owner has no intention of allowing the spotlight to shine on anyone but himself, and is doing everything he can to undermine the coach who rescued his club from relegation. The team has fallen apart in recent weeks, losing four games on the bounce with, apart from a spirited comeback against Wolves, barely a whimper.

Off the pitch, Leeds appear to have got something right with the savvy marketing campaign for season tickets next season, but it is more likely to be a shop window for clubs to come and snatch the likes of Cook, Byram and Mowatt away, rather than an enticement for the supporters to splash more cash.

The trip to Charlton offers little in the way of comfort. There is nothing for either side to play for. Punchless up front, and seemingly all at sea at the back, there is little in the current squad that Redfearn can use to freshen things up.

Bryan Montenegro deserves a chance up front, as he can be no less potent than what we currently have, and it may be worth another reshuffle in the back four (Berardi, Wootton, Bamba and Taylor would be my choice) to try to eek out some pleasure for the travelling faithful.

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 2 Leeds United 0.

KEITH INGHAM

Another defeat, this time 2-0 against promotion-chasing Norwich City.

Rubbing salt into the wound was a goal from ex-Leeds academy Jonny Howson. Let’s hope the current promising players in the squad are not allowed to leave as easy as others have. You can’t keep selling your best players and hope to have success.

The defeat was the fourth in a miserable run since Steve Thompson was suspended – coincidence I think not!

This season can’t end fast enough for me and others. Hope seems to have evaporated and, although safe from relegation, the future of Leeds United, coach and players seems as clear as mud.

The latest accounts seem to suggest that debts are still large, though reduced (McCormack’s fee helped that).

I pray Massimo Cellino leaves the club.

It was a better performance against the Canaries but the toothless attack offered little to worry the visitors. Charlton, like Leeds occupy mid table security but will still hope to add to Leeds’ current woes. It remains to be seen if the so missed Lewis Cook will return but Rudy Austin is free from suspension so should be a welcome addition to the match day squad.

As usual, the fans will be there to back their team in numbers and hopefully this run of defeats will end this weekend and three points will return to Leeds 11. They (fans) deserve it, such loyalty.

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

Someone really should have sent round a memo to us fans after the 1-1 draw with Blackpool last month that Leeds United were packing it in and calling it a day for the season.

Apparently, it seems we don’t need any more points and we don’t need an assistant manager/coach.

Tuesday’s performance against Norwich was woeful.

I can’t imagine us ever getting such an easy ride at Carrow Road if we needed crucial points in a similar situation. And it’s hard to predict anything other than a win for Charlton tomorrow.

The Valley was the scene of one of last season’s best away days but is destined to be a damp squib this time around.

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds United 0.

JAMES HARRISON

Charlton athletic away last year was one of the most memorable performances of the season.

I don’t think we have a player now who could score four goals in one game like Ross McCormack did back in 2013.

I am not Adryan’s biggest fan but I hope Neil Redfearn gives him a shot in the last few games to show he can play at this level.

We have nothing to lose and hopefully we can go there and play with freedom; win, lose or draw.

They (Charlton) have nothing to play for, like us, so I expect it to be a low-intensity game.

But it is definitely a game that we could and should be winning.

Let’s finish the season strongly!

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds United 2.

JONATHAN FORD

We travel to an inconsistent Charlton on a winless run since Steve Thompson’s departure.

Lewis Cook’s injury has also not helped. Play for the fans and Neil Redfearn, because the board and the president don’t deserve it.

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 0 Leeds United 1.

GARY NEWBOULD

Four games ago I was wishing the season was ten games longer, however after four straight defeats and a return to lunacy and chaos I’m so glad that it’s not.

United head to the capital for a mid-table match against The Valiants with pride and hopefully the target of at least trying to finish as the top team in Yorkshire in the Championship. It’s key that the Whites stop the rot and do not let things (on and off the pitch) carry over to next season.

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds United 1.

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