The YEP jury look ahead to Leeds United’s clash with Southampton at Elland Road.
Years following United: 37
A tea-time kick-off tomorrow against Southampton and Neil Warnock’s first official home game and this will be, without doubt, a hard game. It is hoped that a better display will be produced than the game at St Mary’s. I cannot see many changes with new recruit Danny Webber lacking match practice and I hope Snodgrass is given his winger role with licence to roam as I feel that’s his best position. Leeds need a good run, starting with this game.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Southampton 1
Years following United: 39
Leeds opened the campaign with a tea-time drubbing at Southampton in August, six months on the Saints are flying high and United are under new management with only a handful of players remaining from that fixture. Warnock’s appeal for 30,000 to pack Elland Road is merited but fanciful with the current relationship between board and fans, which benefits neither. March will either end our promtion dreams or provide a confidence-boosting springboard, but a gallant defeat is the best I can hope for.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Southampton 3
Years following United: 15
It’s a make or break month for Leeds and there’s no harder way of starting it than with a clash against league leaders Southampton. In Neil Warnock’s first official home match in charge, he’ll be hoping for a positive outcome following a battling point at Portsmouth. The task facing the new boss is difficult especially this month, and I feel he’ll have to draw on all of his experience to try and keep Leeds within touch of the Play-Offs and Promotion shake up.
Prediction: Leeds United 0 Southampton 1
Years following United: 41
The Whites return to LS11 for Neil Warnock’s first home game on the bench when they entertain Championship table-toppers Southampton tomorrow. Nigel Adkins side have gone well since their opening-day victory over United following on from last season’s promotion. The Whites now have a new captain in Robert Snodgrass who will, in my opinion, set an example in terms of work ethic and passion, for his team to follow. Ricky Lambert is the obvious danger man.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Southampton 2
Years following United: 22
A clash of two very different media darlings at Elland Road on Saturday evening as Neil Warnock takes charge of Leeds for the first time at Elland Road against Southampton’s Nigel Adkins. The fans inside the stadium will be expecting a much more entertaining display than the fare produced at Fratton Park. It’s a must win game again, and one which would cut the gap to the automatic places. Unfortunately I think a draw is the best we can hope for.
Prediction: Leeds United 1 Southampton 1