The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Huddersfield Town.
After putting Birmingham City to the sword in their most convincing display of the season on Sunday, United travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to take on Huddersfield Town in a West Yorkshire derby at 12.30pm tomorrow lunchtime.
The Terriers lie just three points worse off than United, however the close nature of the Championship is emphasised by the fact that those three points represent six places in the league.
The hosts are on a bad run with no win in five league matches and have lost their last six encounters in all competitions, whilst the Whites have won two of their last six league fixtures.
But this is a derby and the form book can go out of the window in what promises to be a real “blood and thunder” encounter at a venue where United are far from celebrated guests in the eyes of the home support. Last season saw the Whites produce one of their best displays of the season to record a rare 4-2 away victory.
A repeat performance would be very much welcomed as United chase the play-off places.
The hosts are minus star man James Vaughan who was sent off in their last league fixture at Leicester and this should represent a timely boost for the Whites as he is their main threat.
Following the victory over Birmingham the talk this week at LS11 has been about formations, with Brian McDermott introducing a 3-5-2 line-up against the Blues which paid dividends.
But, for me, regardless of the formation a repetition of the attitude from the first whistle is very much required.
Despite the addition of Dexter Blackstock, it would be a major surprise to see any changes from the team that won so convincingly on Sunday with in-form striker Matt Smith being pivotal in terms of trying to retain possession away from home.
Following their poor recent form, United are now 12 points adrift of the leaders and some five points outside the play-off places.
Now is the time to try and make sure that we are in and around the mix for the festive period as it will surely be easier to attract both players and investment if a tangible change of at least the play-offs exists.
United haven’t drawn a league match for ten games; however that is what I am expecting tomorrow lunchtime.
prediction: Huddersfield 2, Leeds United 2.
A week can be a long time in football it’s usually believed and that’s certainly the case with Leeds United this past seven days.
It was generally thought that Leeds had to come out of the international break showing their ‘teeth’. They certainly did that and Noel Hunt gave his confidence a boost with a hat-trick in a development game on Tuesday.
Both teams claimed wins last season – Leeds 4-2 in Huddersfield, Town got revenge with a late winner at Elland Road. James Vaughan, the goalscorer that day will be missing after being sent off in the previous game. Despite the loss of their talisman striker they still have a squad to test an improved Leeds team.
Brian McDermott and his squad have benefited from some strong words and hard work on the training field to produce the display against Birmingham. He hopefully will give the formation and the XI played another outing.
I’m pretty confident of a Leeds win if they show the same attitude tomorrow.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1 Leeds United 3.
So it’s round two of the new system being used and I am very confident of going across to Huddersfield and getting three points. If we play like we did last Sunday we are capable of getting a few against the neighbours. I’m going to go for a decent performance and a win.
Prediction: Huddersfield 0 Leeds United 3.
After a perfect win against Birmingham City last Sunday, we travel west on the M62 tomorrow to face Huddersfield Town in a West Yorkshire derby.
It’s an early kick-off so a win would be good to put pressure on the teams above us and would definitely kick-start our season.
The Terriers have James Vaughan suspended which is a massive advantage for us with the striker scoring nine of their 14 goals so far this season and I can’t see Brian McDermott making any changes after last weekend’s performance. A winning run of three or four games would easily see us rise this division.
Prediction: Huddersfield 0 Leeds United 2.
Surely Brian McDermott cannot change the side that performed so well against Birmingham.
I strongly fancy Leeds to obtain back-to- back wins, and send the Town fans home to stew in their bitterness for another season.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1 Leeds United 2.
Excitement levels in Huddersfield will be close to boiling point as they prepare for tomorrow’s ‘cup final’.
With three whole points on offer, they’ll be putting everything into securing a victory that the fans would take, even if it meant not winning another game all season.
Meanwhile, 20 miles west in Leeds, Brian McDermott is preparing his side for just another league fixture. After the success of his new 3-5-2 formation against Birmingham, I’m expecting an unchanged side for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium. New signing Dexter Blackstock will provide a useful option from the bench tomorrow.
Prediction: Huddersfield 2 Leeds United 2.