Leeds United v Blackpool: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Blackpool at Elland Road.

GARY NEWBOULD

After another midweek “no-show” at Watford, United entertain Blackpool at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon.

Having won only five of their last 25 fixtures and losing eight of their last 10 you would think that the Whites would be hard-pressed to find an opposition on a worse run. However that is exactly what United face tomorrow as their opponents have amazingly won two fewer matches over a similar time period and courtesy of Millwall’s surprise midweek victory at Wigan now find themselves well and truly embroiled in a relegation battle.

The off-field trials and tribulations have without doubt affected performances over the last few months, but they cannot be blamed for players showing a lack of desire, passion and commitment.

Apart from skipper Ross McCormack, who cuts an increasingly frustrated figure, Jason Pearce, who gives his best every week and keeper Jack Butland, the majority of the rest do not have the moral fibre to play for a club of the standing of Leeds United.

When/if Massimo Cellino relieves Brian McDermott of his duties, the predictable echoes of “we have let the manager down” will ring hollow, bar those mentioned earlier.

The midweek financial results made even more worrying reading and could possibly lead to a January transfer embargo.

The level of payments to directors is quite an astonishing figure and one can safely assume that a performance-related pay culture has not been in force amongst those who have been placed in custody of our club.

Which personnel will be employed tomorrow is anyone’s guess as the manager has used more formations than the Red Arrows this season and, quite frankly, anyone who doesn’t have the bottle or desire to turn out should not be considered.

The loyal hordes demand the same level of passion and commitment that they show every week, travelling hundreds of miles at considerable expense only to be short changed time after time.

Of United’s five remaining fixtures this looks by far the one with the greatest possibility of victory, but defeat could potentially throw the Whites into a relegation scrap themselves.

Massimo Cellino does not strike me as a man blessed with a great deal of patience and will be looking to quickly change his serial underperformers should things not change very quickly.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Blackpool 1.

KEITH INGHAM

This Saturday brings Massimo Cellino’s first home game as the new owner as another struggling team, Blackpool visit Elland Road.

Barry Ferguson has been in charge of the ‘Seasiders’ for a number of months as they seem reluctant to appoint a new manager, after dismissing Paul Ince earlier in the season. Disappointing results have dropped Blackpool perilously close to the Championship trapdoor and their latest defeat was a 3-1 home defeat by Derby County on Tuesday.

It seems whoever Brian McDermott picks and whatever the formation, the players do not seem to be bothered or able to perform for their joint wages of over £17m!

Incredible really as I and most other fans can only dream of this amount of money. It leaves a distasteful taste in this supporter’s mouth. It’s a disgrace!

If there is any pride left in the players they should have enough about them to give the PAYING public and new owner Massimo Cellino something to cheer about tomorrow.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Blackpool 0.

JONATHAN FORD

On Tuesday I thought we were poor but I thought for spells it wasn’t too bad – the story of our season really – defenders can’t defend, midfield can’t pass and apart from Ross McCormack we don’t look like scoring. Why do I think we are going to win?!

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Blackpool 1.

STEPHEN CLARK

At Christmas time, this was a battle between two sides looking for a place in the promotion shake-up. Fast forward four horrible months and both clubs enter this weekend’s match-up looking to avoid being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

Another pitiful display at Watford has heaped more pressure on Brian McDermott, as he looks for “11 characters” to pick up the three points needed to stay in the Championship. It’s a position that he will be familiar with as it is right back where he started 12 months ago. Whether he gets the result he needs tomorrow is another matter. I fear it may be his last defeat at the club if it does not go his way.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Blackpool 0.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

AFTER the shambles on Tuesday against Watford, a team seemingly even worse than us are up next at Elland Road – Blackpool.

If we don’t pick up the three points tomorrow I can’t see Mr McDermott surviving for very long.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Blackpool 0.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

Saturday’s game is a must win if we want to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle. Blackpool are a terrible side and if we lose this one then McDermott will surely be collecting his p45 on Monday.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Blackpool 1.

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