Leeds United v MK Dons: YEP jury predictions

Mirco Antenucci.

Mirco Antenucci.

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s home clash with MK Dons.


Milton Keynes arrive tomorrow for a rare Saturday 3pm kick-off and our first untelevised game of the festive period. Of course, that could have come earlier if Massimo Cellino had continued to enforce his ban on the Sky cameras right through to kick-off on Tuesday night!

Given the not-too-subtle threats that the Football League issued during the day, it’s good for the club that he eventually relented. Nevertheless, from a fan’s perspective, there are issues that need resolving and with five of our six longest journeys this year scheduled for weeknights it’s not easy being a Leeds fan on the road.

Those who were able to tune in on Tuesday night were treated to another good performance from United who stuck doggedly to the task of matching Derby. In the end it was defensive errors that cost us all three points and, although there is a strong argument to be made that we’ve taken two good points over Christmas, only a win over MK Dons will confirm that.

United looked more tired than Derby and that’s what goes to the heart of the argument that competition is compromised when Derby are given the significant advantage of that extra day by Sky’s scheduling.

Steve Evans says that MK Dons will have plenty of possession tomorrow and, if that’s the case, the easily frustrated Elland Road crowd will have to summon up some patience and hope our attacking players can convert more chances than they have been doing up until now.

Evans must be given credit for the optimism that is spreading from six games unbeaten and the efforts of a team that looks more determined to win than at any point in the last five years. Unfortunately, optimism if often short lived at Elland Road and the MK Dons game is notable as the last before the transfer window that will likely decide the fate of United’s season.

If we can keep hold of Sam Byram and Liam Bridcutt and strengthen the squad in the areas Steve Evans has identified then there is no reason why we can’t make the push towards a play-off place. It has to be said that that kind of business feels out of reach at the moment.

Points away at Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town will be crucial if we are going to make a serious challenge but before that, we really need to be beating Milton Keynes at home.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 MK Dons 1.


Just as you thought things were going smoothly – improved performances on the field and a glimpse of the top 10 – then along comes Massimo Cellino to put a ‘spanner in the works’.

The Leeds chairman has an eye for a headline and trying to stop the televising of the home game versus Derby County was just too good an opportunity to pass up. His objections are understandable but his timing is unbelievable – again!

It was improbable that he would carry out his threat to ban them – and Sky televised a fantastic game with Leeds continuing their impressive unbeaten run. The 2-2 draw was proof how far the team has improved under Steve Evans. Liam Bridcutt’s fine form is one of the reasons for the improvement, but all the team seems to have upped their game.

Tomorrow brings MK Dons to the ‘theatre of new hope’. Dons have not had the best of seasons and sit just outside the bottom three. The league is so close at the moment that even the lower-placed teams are sometimes surprising with wins at teams you’d expect them to lose to. Hopefully this trend is not continued for us.

Out of all the fixtures in this festive period this is the one I thought three points was guaranteed, so I’m hoping to finish off 2015 in some style.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 MK Dons 0.


Leeds start 2016 with an air of positivity after an unbeaten run of six games.

I would have taken two points from the games against Forest and Derby but came away from both games with a tinge of disappointment that we had not picked up two wins.

The visit of MK Dons has the feeling of one of those games that should be a routine three points. Carl Robinson’s side have struggled since promotion and look like being involved in a relegation scrap for the remainder of the year. Despite the fatigue factor, I expect little in the way of changes although a rested Lewis Cook should be restored to the starting line up. The only question is who would replace the injured Chris Wood up top.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 MK Dons 1.


We’ve been playing really well and probably should be further up the table and closer to the play-offs.

The game against MK Dons is winnable and a match that we should be winning. I hope Antenucci gets a run out up front.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 MK Dons 0.


Following the excellent performance and point gained from the home clash with Derby, Leeds sit 12th in the table with 31 points. Twelve months ago, we ended 2014 languishing 20th with just 24 points.

By any measure, that’s progress! We are also now unbeaten in six. For the recent run to mean anything though, we have to beat the likes of MK Dons. A comfortable win in this game and we can really start to believe we have turned that metaphorical corner. Neither MK Dons nor their previous incarnation Wimbledon has ever won at Elland Road in 14 attempts and a repeat of their most recent visit in April 2010 would do nicely. That ended 4-1 to Leeds.

Prediction: Leeds United 4 MK Dons 1.


The Whites would be foolish to underestimate MK Dons who gave them a searching examination earlier in the season.

I’m expecting Chris Wood to be rested with either Soulemayne Doukara or Mirco Antenucci starting up front.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 MK Dons 0.