Ipswich Town v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

RISING STAR: Lewis Cook has impressed this season.

RISING STAR: Lewis Cook has impressed this season.

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The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

JAMES HARRISON

The trip to Ipswich is one of the toughest away days you can get in this division. They are flying and sit in a remarkable second place ahead of our visit. However, after a great result against Derby, I am confident we can get something out of the game.

Our last trip to Portman Road was brilliant. We came from behind to take all three points in what was our first victory there since 2001. Mick McCarthy has created a great squad at this level. They have some top Championship players in their ranks such as Damien McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy and Stephen Hunt. Their front two have already scored 16 goals between them already this season and are arguably the most in form partnership in the league. Murphy is their biggest threat; he has scored 11 goals so far with four coming in his last five league games.

Our team really have started to blossom over recent weeks with some cracking individual performances. Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt are possibly the best young midfielders in the division and last weekend proved that they were far superior to Derby’s young talent: Will Hughes. At only 17 years old, Cook is almost a certainty to be a Premier League player in the future and I really hope that is with us. Mowatt is ten times the player he was last season. He has much more experience and he looks stronger and fitter than he was in his debut season.

Last weekend, we actually looked pretty comfortable at the back limiting Derby to only a couple of chances. I can’t recall Marco Silvestri having to make a save and that is something we can be immensely proud of against an extremely strong side. Adryan is becoming a lot more involved in the games.

He is getting in great areas behind their midfield and is finding himself in much more space. Yes, he may lose the ball a lot but some of the stuff he does with the ball and without the ball is superb. I am surprised at how hard the foreign signings work for the team. Every single one of them seems hungry to be successful at this football club; you can see this by the effort they put in on the pitch.

We have a lot of pace in our squad this year and our counter attacks are exceptional. Most of the game on Saturday will be in our half so our counter attacks will need to be clinical. I am confident we can come away with all three points after last week’s performance. Their run has to come to an end at some point and I think it will happen tomorrow.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

A week is a very long time in ‘Leedsville’, firstly we enjoyed a marvellous performance and much-needed win against Championship leaders Derby County then before the morning papers had been read the Football League, Shaun Harvey et al decided after nine months to rule that Massimo Cellino was unfit to own or be a director of United.

Mr Cellino has vowed to fight the ruling through the courts, if need be. For now another grey cloud hangs over Elland Road until this is sorted.

Ipswich under Mick McCarthy have a good squad, boosted by Noel Hunt who after a poor spell at Leeds, scored the late winner at Charlton Athletic after coming on as a substitute last weekend. They are in second place with a impressive 34 points and are fancied to be ‘thereabouts’ when May comes around.

As I’ve said earlier I expect a tough game but buoyed by last week’s win over Derby I think at least a point from the visit to East Anglia is possible and with a little luck maybe a win.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 1.

JONATHAN FORD

A long trip to Suffolk and a lot to take in this week, a magnificent performance followed by the FL decision on Cellino, let’s go out there and do it because it seems the whole country is against us, we are unique, we are Leeds. I’m going for a good win away at Ipswich.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 0 Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

Neil Redfearn will surely stick with the team that did so well against Derby last week even if that means leaving out his captain for a second game in a row.

As the club continues to be dogged by off-field distractions it’s even more important for the players to concentrate on doing the business when it counts.

Nobody will be expecting Leeds to win this weekend but, then again, nobody will be surprised if we do pull off a result.

Back-to-back wins against the league’s top two would have a massive impact on confidence and send a message to supporters that this team is finally gelling and is equipped to move up the league over the coming months.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 2.

GARY NEWBOULD

The Tractor Boys are unbeaten in their last six matches, winning four and are now under the stewardship of United fans Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor. Hopefully the Football League decision will galvanise the team as we head towards the festive campaign.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 2 Leeds United 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

Off-field distractions are so commonplace at Leeds United that the team must be totally oblivious to the boardroom goings-on at Elland Road.

Once again it is Massimo Cellino that has stolen the headlines, the Whites’ tremendous win over Derby last weekend quickly overshadowed by the Football League’s decision on Monday morning. Hopefully Neil Redfearn’s men can turn the focus back to the pitch as they face a difficult task at Ipswich. Leeds will be hoping that their young midfield can be as influential as last week. Trips to Portman Road are usually eventful, with goals and red cards never too far away. I’d be delighted if Leeds could come away with a draw.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Rob Green

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