Leeds United v Barnsley: YEP jury predictions

New Reds boss Danny Wilson.
New Reds boss Danny Wilson.
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The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Barnsley at Elland Road.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

Following Danny Wilson’s appointment at Oakwell, Leeds will face a side under the stewardship of a new manager for the fifth time this season.

We ensured Oscar Garcia got off to a losing start for Brighton, but gifted Steve McClaren’s Derby side three points. Aitor Karanka began his Middlesbrough reign with defeat at Elland Road, as did Graham Barrow in caretaker charge of Wigan. Had Gianfranco Zola handed in his resignation two games earlier, then Wilson would have been new manager number six for the season.

It shows how short-lived the reign of a Championship manager can be, summed up by the fact that Brian McDermott has already been in charge longer at Leeds than 10 of his counterparts have been at their respective clubs.

It’s hard to believe now, but after that Pride Park defeat in early October there were even some murmurings about whether McDermott should have been heading for a quick exit from the Elland Road hot seat.

His future was never really in question and Leeds are now reaping the rewards of a turnaround that has seen 19 points taken from the last 27 on offer. The win at Doncaster saw us break into that all-important top six and with plenty of games to come over the festive period, there’s a real chance of making inroads into the seven-point gap to the automatic promotion places.

Our record against sides with new managers may be good this season, but back in January we faced a Barnsley side, bottom of the Championship, who had just sacked the manager who kept them up the previous season. Sound familiar?

The scenario is the same this time but with the returning Danny Wilson replacing David Flitcroft in the Tykes’ dugout. After masterminding an incredible run of results last season, Flitcroft could muster only 11 points from 17 games this time around.

That leaves Barnsley looking to turn the clock back 16 years by bringing back the boss who led them to the Premiership in 1997.

The same boss whose most recent job saw him fail to win promotion out of League One despite having a £3m striker at his disposal.

Despite a questionable record against Barnsley, I am confident of victory tomorrow.

Those who choose to avoid the Christmas shopping crowds can expect an early present in the form of three festive points.

PREDICTION: Leeds United 3 Barnsley 0.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds United face a team that recently has had an ‘Indian sign’ over them but are buoyed by an impressive victory over Doncaster.

Barnsley sit at the bottom of the Championship with only 15 points but have a new manager in Danny Wilson (this is his second stint at Oakwell). His tenure 15 years ago was successful as he led them to the Priemiership.

Brian McDermott has nearly a fully fit squad to pick from but it would be a major surprise if any changes are made to the team that was so successful at Doncaster. Michael Brown should return to the bench even after a good performance as a second-half substitute for Alex Mowatt.

A Leeds versus Barnsley game is always difficult because, on paper, it looks an easy game but on grass it will be a hard-fought encounter. But with current home form excellent and five victories out of seven, I’m hoping Leeds give their fans a festive boost by securing the three points to kick-off the Christmas period in a positive way.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Barnsley 0.

JONATHAN FORD

This fixture has seen some of the worst performances of recent years but Brian McDermott is the type of manager that won’t let that affect him.

I can see goals and Ross McCormack having a field day. We have too much for Barnsley.

Prediction: Leeds United 4 Barnsley 0.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

On the first anniversary of GFH Capital completing the successful takeover of the club, we welcome bottom of the table Barnsley to Elland Road which will be our second Yorkshire derby in a week.

Danny Wilson has been appointed as their manager this week and it will be the fifth time this season a manager has had his first game in charge of their club against Leeds United following matches against Oscar Garcia’s Brighton, Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough, Steve McClaren’s Derby and Graham Barrow’s Wigan. I am confident it will be a comfortable victory despite the Tykes being lifted by a new manager and also them being a bogey side for us.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Barnsley 0.

GARY NEWBOULD

The Reds are now under the stewardship of Danny Wilson who both played and managed the club previously. With post-Christmas transfers supposedly in the offing a win is required to ensure that the 30,000 crowd go home both joyful and triumphant.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Barnsley 1.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds United face a bogey team in Barnsley tomorrow, but with the mood of optimism surrounding the club at the moment there is little to dampen expectations of a home win.

Leeds are practically at full strength and it’s likely Brian McDermott will select an unchanged side. The visitors are the latest club to blood a new manager against us this season, although they have gone back to Danny Wilson to try to rescue their Championship status. Leeds did the double over the Tykes when Wilson was in charge during their only season in the top flight. I fancy the Whites to ease to victory tomorrow.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Barnsley 1.

Chris Wood controls a high ball against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday night. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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