Leeds United v Burnley: YEP jury predictions

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s opening Championship clash against Burnley.

STEPHEN CLARK

For long suffering Leeds United fans the events of this summer have been difficult for us to comprehend. For the first time since we returned to the Championship after the League One nightmare, not one of our star players has moved on (yet).

Then all of a sudden Leeds United have started to act like a proper club. The introduction of Adam Pearson to the board at Elland Road has appeared to be the catalyst for some medium term planning and to that end we have not only started to secure the (short term) commitment of our homegrown stars, but we have also begun to invest in talented players.

The arrival of Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas signal a real change in the intent of the club. The approach of recruiting battle hardened experience has failed. We are now looking at players who have potential to fulfil.

All this upbeat news leaves Leeds fans giddy with excitement about the season to come. We can dare to dream of a push for promotion.

The pre-season may not have brought the best results but if the performance at home to Everton on Saturday is to be a guideline, then Uwe Rosler has got his side playing some attractive football, whilst wearing possibly the best strip the club have had for over 20 years.

The start to the season is a difficult one and the opening day sees the visit of Burnley, who this time last year were looking forward to an opening day against the eventual champions Chelsea.

A look at the Burnley squad sees very little to be scared of. Danny Ings has gone and with the hangover of relegation still hovering over the Lancashire club, there is a real chance for three points on the opening day.

A win does not mean we will go up just as a loss does not mean we will be battling against the drop.

However it just feels like the momentum is changing at Elland Road and I can see the ball continue to roll on Saturday.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Burnley 0.

KEITH INGHAM

It seems a short lifetime since the referee blew his whistle on yet another disappointing season for Leeds United, turmoil surrounded the club and I really questioned if I really wanted to go through it all again come August.

How things have changed, Adam Pearson brought some much-needed sanity to the club and recruited – with Cellino’s approval – key people to hopefully take this massive club forward. They have also signed seven players with experience at Championship level which for me was vital after the experiment of ‘bulk’ buying mainly Italian players the previous summer and winter proved to be unsuccessful.

We even have two new fan friendly smart kits, one mainly white, the other yellow and the ‘feel good’ factor definitely is around Leeds 11.

Uwe Rosler the head coach has had a very good pre-season and on the whole has the players and the system to challenge at the very least for a top-ten finish.

Rosler should, if all are fit, start against Burnley with: Marco Silvestri, Gaetano Berardi, Charlie Taylor, Sol Bamba, Giuseppe Bellusci, Tom Adeyemi, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Chris Wood, Stuart Dallas, Sam Byram.

With a full house and a positive attitude, I think Leeds will start the season off with a win.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Burnley 1.

MATTHEW EVANS

It’s amazing how much difference can be made in just a few short months. From a shambolic press conference to announce the arrival of Adam Pearson, through Uwe Rosler’s arrival with Neil Redfearn’s seat still warm it felt like more of the same from Leeds United.

But ever since then there has been a steady stream of great news. Several promising new signings, catering back in house and two kits befitting of the club. Even then, the overwhelming positive has been the lack of negative stories which tells its own story about the club’s default position in recent years. I’m optimistic like the rest of our support. We can beat Burnley no problem and we can make top the six this year make no mistake.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Burnley 0.

GARY NEWBOULD

After the summer recess the loyal hordes return to convene as LS11 tomorrow lunchtime as United entertain Sean Dyche’s Burnley who were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Whilst there have been a flurry of generally promising transfer activity at Elland Road over the summer, the two best parts for me have been the retention of the promising youngsters who helped us avoid relegation last time as well as the acquisition of Adam Pearson who appears to have brought some much needed professionalism and calmness to off-field events.

Let’s hope both things continue! A bumper crowd is expected to see battle commence with a “war of the roses”.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Burnley 1.

DAVID WATKINS

Burnley arrive fresh from a single difficult season in the Premier League that ended in relegation but have had a positive pre-season with five wins from seven matches, including a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bradford City on Saturday.

With the security of a sizeable parachute payment, the Clarets are still packed full of quality players including Ben Mee, Dean Marney, former Leeds striker Sam Vokes and the dangerous duo of George Boyd and Lukas Jutkiewicz. This will be a tougher test for Leeds than that inexperienced Everton side.

Live on TV, a big expectant Leeds crowd, and a confident young Leeds outfit; it should be a cracker.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Burnley 1.

JAMES HARRISON

There is a lot of optimism flying around the place and the expectation level has risen again. Stuart Dallas is likely to be thrown straight in to play alongside Wood and Byram, and with them three up top, we are going to see goals. I’m predicting an opening day win!

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Burnley 0.

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