Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s home clash with Caridff City.
Our penultimate Saturday home game is upon us and it will be a tricky one against bogey side Cardiff City.
The Welsh side have had a really below-average season but on paper, their squad is up there with the best in the division. They have some real quality but they are no better than us.
I was glad to see Kalvin Phillips play against Wolves. He is another homegrown player to play for the first team and I hope we see a couple more before the season ends. Phillips looked comfortable and physically ready to compete at this level.
Now we have nothing to play for, I hope we get to see some more exciting games like Monday.
In recent years, everyone has wanted the season to finish early and you could tell the players did too but there is a real buzz around the place and the players don’t seem to want it to end.
It was awful to lose late on at Molineux but we competed with a top team and made it a real good, entertaining encounter.
Alex Mowatt again scored another cracking goal and each game he plays, his price tag goes up. It is going to be a real challenge to keep hold of the younger players in the summer and convince them not to get lured to premier league clubs. There is no better place for them to be at the moment, playing week in week out in the second highest standard in English football.
It was great to see Charlie Taylor score his first goal for the club on Monday. You could tell by his celebration how much it meant to him.
He has got himself into a few good goalscoring positions recently and he will be relieved he has finally tucked one away.
I don’t think much will change to the starting line up going into the game tomorrow; the midfield will most likely be the same but a few changes to the back could be possible after conceding seven goals in our last two games.
It is going to be interesting to see how motivated both sets of players will be for the game as both sides’ seasons have more or less ended.
Hopefully we can get another big crowd into Elland Road and the players can put on a show.
I’m confident we will come away with three points and I’m sure we are going to see a few goals.
Prediction: Leeds United 3 Cardiff City 1.
Will he sell or will he not? It seems the question on everyone’s social media timeline.
The disruption caused this last week or so has been incredible. Two defeats, seven goals conceded, and the threat of losing the coach who galvanised an under-performing squad and many of the young players within it. Something has to give and, in my view, the sooner our Italian owner is removed by a suitable buyer or a further ban it has to be better for United. This cannot carry on into next season.
The ‘circus’ returns to Elland Road with Cardiff City the visitors. They are a side we rarely do well against. It’s 32 years (83/84) since we beat them on home soil and they beat us 3-1 earlier in the season at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds have an owner themselves who seems to do whatever he likes, with the side forced to change colours and club badge. They have reverted back to blue only recently.
Two areas concern me. Bamba, Bellusci and Cooper have not defended well since the removal of assistant coach Steve Thompson. The strikers, too, need to score some goals.
The midfield again took the plaudits against Wolverhampton Wanderers with youngster Kalvin Phillips looking good in his first appearance.
It would be nice to get back to winning ways with a tough-looking game against Norwich City coming next Tuesday.
Prediction: Leeds United 1 Cardiff City 1.
The team’s assistant is dismissed, seemingly on a whim, and suddenly the previously solid back four has shipped seven goals in the space of a Bank Holiday weekend.
It can’t be a coincidence.
Mix that with a chronic inability to create anything in the final third coupled with the continuing off-field uncertainty and you have our season in a nutshell.
Last time out, Wolves gifted us two goals before Alex Mowatt created one from nothing.
The Cardiff game doesn’t mean much but will be a significant challenge. Crucially the team need to build some confidence and momentum to carry into the next season.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Cardiff City 2.
Fresh from a brave late defeat at Molineux, United entertain Cardiff at Elland Road.
Following last season’s relegation, the Bluebirds have had a disappointing campaign with Russell Slade now at the helm.
Despite three coaches, a suspended coach and two board resignations, United find themselves in the comfort of mid-table. Even the Football League recognised this by nominating Neil Redfearn for the Championship manager of the month award. Whatever United do amidst the current shambles behind the scenes surely only a lunatic would not give Redfearn another 12 months in charge. I’d love (and predict) a win, however I’d like a properly run football club even more.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Cardiff City 1.
We have had a turbulent week and since then we have lost twice, Monday was tough to take at the end but we battled right to the end which was fantastic.
Onto Saturday, Cardiff are really struggling and we are at home, which should make it a result that is getable. However, our record is pretty bad against them so, as long as we cut out any silly mistakes, we have a chance.
It was great to see a midfield full of our academy players.
And with Lewis Cook just about ready to return, it is looking amazing.
When you consider there are a couple of others in the pipeline, it should be a bright future – if we can sort it out off the field.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Cardiff City 0.