Leeds United v Millwall: YEP Jury predictions

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Our YEP jurors have their say on Leeds United’s clash with Millwall

KEITH INGHAM

Life sometimes surprises you. Leeds United definitely do! Not many bookmakers gave them hope as they travelled to a team in form and at a ground they don’t usually do too well at.

That changed after a spirited performance saw them triumph 2-0 at Reading with goals from Luke Murphy and Sam Byram. On a Tuesday too!

Two players need a mention. Goalscorer Murphy has transformed himself from ‘forgotten’ midfielder to a player that on the form he is in must be one of first on the team sheet. Steve Morison is another that has not had the best of relationships with the Elland Road faithful but showed on Tuesday what a good target man he is with skill too. His cross-cum-pass for Byram’s goal was excellent. All he needs is a goal to supplement his performances. Another that is high on the list when Neil Redfearn picks his side.

Leeds face Millwall in a game they really need to win. Millwall gave themselves a little breathing space from the foot of the table with a surprise 1-0 win at Birmingham City. These games are usually ‘tasty’ affairs with little love lost between the two sets of supporters. Ian Hollaway has not had the easiest of times in Bermondsey but he will no doubt have his charges ‘fired up’ for this massive six-pointer.

As I’ve mentioned, Luke Murphy and Steve Morison look certainties for the game. Giuseppe Bellusci also. He came in for the injured Liam Cooper and played really well. Marco Silvestri has also been in fine form with vital saves in the last two games. Scott Wootton, inspirational new signing Sol Bamba and Charlie Taylor should make up the back five.

Although Neil Redfearn tried the 4-4-2 system against Brentford to accommodate Billy Sharp, I expect him to use the formation that has brought success at Huddersfield and Reading – Cook, Mowatt and Byram alongside the resurgent Murphy.

The injury to Tommaso Bianchi could give Casper Sloth a starting place or Rudy Austin, if recovered, should make up the midfield five. Steve Morison has the opportunity to finally get the goal his displays deserve against his old club. I would though like to see Brian Montenegro and forgotten Brazilian Adyran given a place on the bench. Edgar Cani or Billy Sharp give Redfearn a alternative if Morison is injured.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds face possibly the biggest game of the season tomorrow as they undertake the latest instalment in the recent rivalry with Millwall.

The East London side hammered the first nail in the coffin of David Hockaday’s career as Leeds head coach on the opening day of the season, a comfortable 2-0 win setting the tone for the disappointing start to the season which had left the Whites in peril.

However, the recent revival under Neil Redfearn has seen United move to within touching distance of safety, and a win tomorrow will open up an eight-point gap over their opponents and the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Midweek results seem to have doomed Wigan Athletic to relegation along with Blackpool, barring miracles, leaving just one place left on the trapdoor.

Whilst the match is not a must-win, it is certainly a must-not-lose, as defeat would see Leeds dragged back into the scrap to avoid the drop to League One.

Redfearn must not bow to pressure to change his tactics. He has done it once since ditching the diamond and last week’s defeat to Brentford resulted.

Even though we are at home, the support from midfield runners should be enough to support Steve Morison and provide enough of a goal threat. Attacking options should remain as a Plan B on the bench.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0.

GARY NEWBOULD

Ian Holloway’s men are in the final relegation place, five points and five places below the Whites. The Lions have shown renewed pride having won their last two on the road, so expect a fierce battle. But also expect United to take the three points.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 1.

JAMES HARRISON

After a terrific win on Tuesday night, all hopes are sky high again and everyone seems to have forgot about the Brentford game.

Tomorrow is one of the biggest matches this season. With the chance to go eight points clear of Millwall, it is a must-win game and will give us much more breathing space.

Although we are playing at home against a team in the relegation zone, Redfearn should stay with the same formation that played at Reading. The changes he made last week against Brentford seemed to disrupt the side and we didn’t look fluid.

Redfearn should stick with the 11 that finished the game at Reading in this very important fixture.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0.

JONATHAN FORD

After the performance on Tuesday night, it is vital that we carry it on with a win on Saturday against one of the teams below us, who have started to hit a little bit of form recently.

We have only lost one game in the league in 2015, so we need to keep momentum going, anything other than a win would be two steps back after one step forward Tuesday night. Hopefully the lads will be up for playing at home in front of an expectant crowd.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0

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