Our YEP Jury look ahead to Leeds United’s trip to Millwall.
We are running out of superlatives but ‘Super Leeds United’ has seldom been more appropriate, probably not since Revie or Wilko!
Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham are no mugs and we had to work hard to get past them, but currently I don’t think there is a team to match us.
And so to Millwall, another place where we’ve not done well recently, losing seven of our last eight at the Den.
But Leeds look more invincible with each passing game and logic says we are better than Millwall so I’m going for another win.
We have already beaten four of the bottom six and Millwall should make that five.
They do score goals though so don’t expect another clean sheet.
We will drop points at some stage.
That is inevitable whether it be an off day, a poor refereeing decision, a ‘worldy’ from the opposition or whatever, but it is impossible to predict when that will be.
Prediction: Millwall 2 Leeds United 3.
We are top of the league!
It’s been a very long time since Leeds fans could sing that and believe they could actually stay there. This year is different in so many ways; belief goes a long way.
Tuesday’s nervy but important 2-0 win over Birmingham City, coupled with a first defeat for Cardiff City was enough to send Thomas Christainsen’s team top of the Championship. They are there on merit and still unbeaten.
Tomorrow sees a visit to Millwall, a ground we rarely do well at and not the most hospitable place Leeds fans will visit. They don’t like us and show it in the worst way possible, so to beat them is always special. They have amongst their squad Steve Morison, who struggled to score in a Leeds shirt but seems to blossom in Bermondsey.
Kemar Roofe was omitted from the first XI against Birmingham, very unluckily in my opinion, but his replacement Ezgjan Alioski has been a asset in many away performances so may keep his place.
Liam Cooper picked up a knock that meant he had to leave the field on Tuesday but is expected to be fit at the weekend. Stuart Dallas’ late goal will have boosted his chances of getting in the starting XI.
The games with Millwall are close affairs but if you want to get promoted these games are key, and because Leeds are unbeaten and have looked so solid at the back, I expect another victory for Thomas’ team.
Prediction: Millwall 0 Leeds United 2.
At the end of this 2017-18 season, it’s likely that these two sides will be slugging it out albeit at different ends of the table.
Since gaining promotion, Millwall have got off to a patchy start.
On Tuesday night, the Lions threw away a 2-0 lead against Queens Park Rangers after John Gregory was sent off.
At the same time, United were battling to carve out a tough but ultimately satisfying victory over Birmingham City.
The Leeds bandwagon rolls on and there is nothing to suggest that Millwall – at this stage in the campaign – will be the side to bring it to a stop.
I’ve heard this place – The New Den – described as ‘intimidating’ but that was often used as an excuse in my view.
The only intimidation is usually at London Bridge Railway Station for our supporters.
Leeds can intimidate Millwall with their football and continue their progress towards their goal of promotion.
Prediction: Millwall 1 Leeds United 3.
After coming through possibly their sternest test to date in midweek and reaching the summit of England’s second tier for the first time since the stewardship of Howard Wilkinson, United face one of the traditionally most challenging away trips of the season when they travel to The Den to take on Millwall at 3pm tomorrow.
Five-nil home wins are great, but it will be hard-fought victories like Tuesday’s against fellow promotion protagonists that will largely determine the outcome of the season.
Thomas Christiansen strikes me as a balanced and well-travelled man, but I hope someone provides him with an indication of what to expect at a venue United have won only once at in recent memory.
Captain Liam Cooper is available and along with the returning Gaetano Berardi the squad is already looking much stronger than recent seasons.
Top of the table or not, the residents of The Den always like to beat us so we need to be ready for the battle to be able to ultimately win the war.
Prediction: Millwall 1 Leeds United 2.