Leeds United v Huddersfield Town: YEP jury predictions

Souleymaine Doukara celebrates scoring against Bournemouth. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Souleymaine Doukara celebrates scoring against Bournemouth. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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

KEITH INGHAM

TOMORROW’s derby with Huddersfield brings together two teams that have not started the season well and both removed their manager/coach in the early weeks of the season.

Tuesday’s win at Bournemouth was unexpected but the 3-1 scoreline didn’t flatter Leeds after a fantastic second half with three quality goals from Doukara, Bellusci and Antenucci. The second from the Italian centre-half was an absolutely brilliant free-kick. I doubt you’ll see a better one this season.

It now seems that Massimo Cellino will attempt to get a foreign ‘coach’ for one of the most difficult jobs in football as removing Neil Redfearn from his academy role could cause “too much damage” if the popular Dewsbury-born midfielder was promoted to first-team coach.

In the future somebody else might tempt Redfearn to try his hand at another stint as a manager. He is definitely well thought of within the game and is doing a brilliant job thus far. I think he’s ready to do the job now and the decision to part company with Richard Naylor and Lee Bromby earlier could now be seen as a little premature. They, alongside goalkeeping coach Neil Sullivan, could have helped him if he (Redfearn) had been chosen for the job. Three weeks have passed with many people mentioned, it needs sorting sooner not later.

Three games in a week will test even this large squad and with Mowatt probably out with a toe injury, the players who came in look set to keep their places. Rudy Austin and ‘Sully’ Doukara have impressed, the goal the latter scored to bring Leeds level on Tuesday showed what an asset the muscular forward can be.

I would suggest that Billy Sharp is better used centrally instead of on the wing. The marksman has had little service since arriving but has the pedigree to score, if given opportunities.

Lewis Cook looks to have cemented a place in the midfield and Bianchi looks like another growing in confidence the more games he plays. If everybody is fit I wouldn’t change the personnel or the formation. What’s clear is that there is a great team ethic under Redfearn.

Apart from last season’s demolition of Huddersfield these derby games have usually been tight affairs but if Leeds go at Town from the first whistle I feel Leeds will get the three points.

If they do Massimo Cellino might realise appointing Neil Redfearn is a great idea, whatever he’s said in the past. Remember he’s changed his mind before.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds head into the West Yorkshire derby riding the crest of a wave all the way from the south coast.

The win at Bournemouth was so shocking because it was so unexpected. Despite the win against Bolton and the draw against Birmingham, they were two struggling sides, whereas Bournemouth had been playing particularly well.

What has become clear in the three games under Neil Redfearn is that the side are pulling for each other. Team spirit appears to be good, the players seem to be buying into what the caretaker manager is doing, and for the first time in a long time, there is genuine competition for places.

Huddersfield though represent a banana skin. It’s a match the Terriers always seem to raise their game for, particularly as it is seen by the Town fans as their cup final. No matter how poor the form, this will not be an easy game. But the Elland Road crowd will be looking for the unbeaten run to continue, and I feel quite confident that Leeds will deliver all three points.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.

JONATHAN FORD

Four points from six after the international break and a second half on Tuesday night that just clicked, more of that and there will be no problems whatsoever. I can see this being cagey but attack from the off and give them a result like last season, would be nice.

Prediction: Leeds United 8 Huddersfield Town 0.

JAMES HARRISON

Is there a better time to play Huddersfield Town? They are struggling and there is a lot of optimism in and around our club now.

We played really well against Bournemouth, especially in the second half; we pressed, passed well and finished clinically. I was really impressed with Souleymane Doukara, he held the ball up great, worked hard and took his goal fantastically. I think I would keep the same team for Saturday, I really liked the three up front, all three linked up great and made some good runs behind their defenders.

I am really confident ahead of the West Yorkshire derby. Another three points would put us right in the mix.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.

GARY NEWBOULD

United return to Elland Road tomorrow to take on neighbours Huddersfield.

The Terriers have had a difficult start but now have Chris Powell at the helm. This is an opportunity to get into the top half that we must seize with both hands.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.

MATTHEW EVANS

Finally the team exploded into life in the last 30 minutes at Bournemouth and inevitably all United fans will be expecting more of the same against Huddersfield.

Yorkshire derbies are never straight forward, despite the 5-1 thrashing delivered to Huddersfield in the wake of Brian McDermott’s first sacking last season, and United line up with a caretaker boss for this fixture for the second year in a row.

But Neil Redfearn has done a sterling job, quietly delivering seven points from a tricky trio of games and the team, growing in confidence, are more than capable of stretching that unbeaten run.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.

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