Leeds United v Ipswich Town: YEP jury predictions

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s home clash with Ipswich Town.

STEPHEN CLARK

Chris Wood.

Chris Wood.

Whisper it quietly, but Leeds United head into tomorrow’s game against Ipswich Town as a club on the up.

Off the pitch there seems to be business being done very quietly which appears to be heralding a changing of the guard in the Elland Road boardroom. There is no smoke without fire, and with historic debts being wiped out, without any fanfare from the owner, it seems the decks are being cleared for a new owner to come in and take the club forward.

On the pitch as well there has been an improvement, and although it hasn’t always been pretty, the Whites have won three on the bounce. Granted they have all been against sides struggling at the foot of the table, but Garry Monk certainly seems to be getting his philosophy across to his players. A change in formation and personnel on Tuesday night was overcome and the win over Blackburn was thoroughly deserved.

Hopefully we will return to the 4-2-3-1 formation which worked so well against Cardiff last time out when Mick McCarthy brings his Ipswich side to Elland Road tomorrow. It seems the best set up to bring out the best of our attacking midfield players, with the two holding players giving Pablo Hernandez and his cohorts the freedom to go forward and support the striker.

Who that striker will be is the million dollar question. Despite Marcus Antonsson’s impressive workrate, there can be no doubting that Chris Wood should be the man who starts tomorrow.

He still fails to convince many, but there is no arguing with his goal output this season. He seems to be a striker who is at his most dangerous when he does not have time to think, but I couldn’t care less if the ball goes into the net off his backside from a yard or he scores a 30-yard screamer.

As long as he is putting the ball in the net, then he should be the man in possession of the shirt.

The visit of Ipswich last season saw the end of Uwe Rosler’s reign as manager and another round of backroom turmoil. Hopefully there will be no repeat this weekend. The signs are that those days may soon be over. I can’t see our unbeaten run ending this weekend either.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Ipswich Town 0.

KEITH INGHAM

Five wins from seven games played is impressive by any standards and especially after the head coach of the team involved was ‘supposedly’ on the brink of being sacked.

The 1-0 win over Blackburn, thanks to another goal by substitute Chris Wood (his sixth and his third in three games) sent Leeds through to the fourth round of the League, Coca Cola, Carling, EFL etc Cup, the first time Leeds have reached this stage since 2012/13.

They will play Norwich City at home in the fourth round.

Garry Monk made seven changes for the tie and at least a couple will have given him ‘food for thought’, Roofe, Silvestri, Coyle and Cooper did enough to be considered for this weekend’s fixture with Ipswich Town at Elland Road tomorrow. I still think the majority of the team will be the ones on duty against Cardiff City. Of the four I think Roofe has the best chance of getting a starting spot, unless Pontus Jansson doesn’t recover from the illness that sidelined him on Tuesday.

Ipswich haven’t had the best of starts to the season but still sit in a higher position than their hosts and any team that has Mick McCarthy as a manager will come very prepared. Boosted by the recent upturn in performances, I see Leeds adding another three points to their total.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Ipswich Town 1.

DAVID WATKINS

Four clean sheets in eleven, three wins on the trot and our lead scorer has three in three and six in all. Temper that by acknowledging the clean sheets are against poor sides (Wednesday apart), as are the three consecutive wins while three of Wood’s goals are penalties. Where does that leave us?

I’m not sure! We are only as good as the next game so if we post a decent performance against Ipswich then we are on the right track. Leeds were ignited again on Tuesday by Hernandez who looks like the key we’ve been looking for to pull us together. Pablo going forward and Bridcutt steadying the defensive midfield looks a fine combination as does Bartley and Jansson at the back.

Ipswich have not scored more than one in any of their last eight games but didn’t play this week and will be a tough nut to crack. A draw looks likely and satisfactory to me.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Ipswich Town 1.

GARY NEWBOULD

After progressing in the league cup in midweek United have the opportunity to make it four wins on the bounce against Ipswich Town. Games against the “tractor boys” are normally a perfect embodiment of their “Whites-supporting manager” Mick McCarthy, tough, rugged and uncompromising.

The visitors lie two points and four places better off than United and I expect a stern test for the Whites and also expect captain Liam Bridcutt to be the only change to the side that started at Cardiff.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Ipswich Town 1.

MATTHEW EVANS

Three wins in a row have come out of nowhere and midweek even saw us making a rare appearance in the draw for the fourth round of the League Cup.

Ipswich at home is a great chance for us to check our progress.

On paper, it’s a winnable game but we are looking much more comfortable away from Elland Road at the moment and it’s been a long time since we strung four wins together.

If we do achieve that tomorrow, and with a more fluent performance to boot, then we can all start to believe that this season holds a lot more promise than it appeared to a fortnight ago.

I think we will do it.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Ipswich Town 0.

MIKE GILL
With two points more than Leeds, Ipswich should present a stiffer challenge than Cardiff or Blackburn did.

Having said that United’s performance was much improved and perhaps this is a good time to be meeting Ipswich.

Last season, also in September, Mick McCarthy’s men eased past Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road.

This time I’m backing a Leeds side which is growing in confidence to repay the compliment.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Ipswich Town 0.