QPR v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s Championship clash at QPR.

DAVID WATKINS

Sam Byram.

Sam Byram.

No-one is going to get rich betting on Leeds United results! We were all nervous about the Cardiff game but we won it and the whole of Leeds was convinced we’d beat Rotherham and we fluffed it! So, what do we expect from our trip to Loftus Road?

Looking at the Championship table, there is not much to choose between the two sides. QPR sit one place higher than Leeds in 15th with a single point more and a goal difference just one better. They are hardly on much of a run either, having scored in only one of their last six games; a 3-0 win over MK Dons. On the face of it the game with Leeds looks a rock-solid goalless draw as neither side tends to score many.

Leeds remain a conundrum; when all 11 players are at the top of their game we are a match for anyone although there remain question marks over our defence which continues to give away sloppy goals as we did in the Rotherham game last Saturday.

Far too often though our players seem to fail to reach the potential we know they have and when that happens we look a very poor side that struggles to create chances and fails to score from those we do create.

I still feel that Steve Evans missed the obvious trick of starting Jordan Botaka against the Millers; he is the one player who, every time we see him, clearly worries defenders and he was one player Neil Redfearn would have known little about. QPR, like Rotherham, play us on the back of a poor run and the last thing they will want is early pressure from a troublesome winger.

Quite why Evans has been reluctant to start Botaka baffles me and he has as good as said Dallas will start at QPR.

Elsewhere, we will likely be wafer thin when we travel south today. We are certain to be without Berardi following his rush of blood last week albeit on appeal his punishment is rightly reduced to just two games. There must also be doubts whether Taylor, Bianchi, Phillips or Bamba will be ready to start the game.

The brilliantly named Bailey Peacock-Farrell is likely to be our goalkeeping cover but by my reckoning we will only have the bare minimum 18 who can sensibly be named on the team-sheet.

Leeds do have a decent record at Loftus Road and we are unbeaten in our last six visits with three wins and three draws, and that over a period in which QPR have been a lot stronger than they are today. My gut feeling is that Leeds can come home with at least one point if not all three.

Prediction: QPR 0 Leeds United 0.

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KEITH INGHAM

A few days have past since Neil Redfearn ‘picked’ Steve Evans’ and Leeds’ pockets to claim a much-needed win for his team.

Leeds travel south to London to play QPR at Loftus Road. The west London club have Neil Warnock and his assistant Kevin Blackwell in temporary charge after the recent sacking of Chris Ramsey; I’m sure both will get a ‘welcome’ from the travelling Leeds fans. It is widely rumoured that Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hassellbiank is to be the next manger, but it looks like it will be after the game at the weekend.

With Berardi suspended for two games either Liam Cooper or Charlie Taylor, if fit, will fill the left-back role. Sam Byram must be included; there is no excuse in omitting him after Wootton’s display versus Rotherham.

Both Cook and Murphy had poor games too against Rotherham and for me Mowatt needs to come into the middle of the park and probably replace Murphy, I’d use Botaka and Dallas in the wide positions.

Although both strikers missed chances there is little other option than to continue with the partnership.

It’s a hard game to predict because both teams are capable of beating anybody on their day – but both concede goals aplenty. I’ll be happy with a point.

Prediction: QPR 1 Leeds United 1.

MATTHEW EVANS

The prospect of fresh blood makes the trip to QPR marginally less onerous.

Last Saturday proved more than ever that this side is simply not capable of upping the ante to dominate games and dominate the opposition.

Tomorrow there will be several players in the spotlight. The lightweight performances of Luke Murphy and Alex Mowatt, the unconvincing Scott Wootton and Giuseppe Bellusci, and Marco Silvestri and Chris Wood often struggling at either end of the pitch all need to be addressed. Sam Byram as third-choice right-back remains a farce but Charlie Taylor’s return will be most welcome.

Leeds will edge this and get right on Neil Warnock’s nerves.

Prediction: QPR 0 Leeds United 1.

JAMES HARRISON

The lads seem to play better away and with all the uncertainty surrounding QPR, it may work in our favour. I expect to see a few changes from the Rotherham game. Bridcutt should go straight into the side. A point would be a good result.

Prediction: QPR 1 Leeds United 1.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds United have been a different beast on the road this season, so it may be with a hint of relief that they head to Loftus Road following the debacle at home against Rotherham.

But for the ongoing circus at Elland Road, QPR would be the Championship’s crisis club. The Hoops are suffering from a relegation hangover and have taken the desperate measure of bringing back Neil Warnock following a desperately poor start to the season. He has linked up with Kevin Blackwell as they try to rediscover the chemistry that brought them a modicum of success at Sheffield United. The football on Saturday will probably not be the prettiest, but blind optimism sees me believe that we might just nick a point.

Prediction: QPR 1 Leeds United 1.

GARY NEWBOULD

Two former managers – Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell – are in temporary charge of QPR.

And fresh from another bout of home (dis)comforts the Whites will be looking to secure victory against a team one point and one place better off.

Prediction: QPR 1 Leeds United 1.

Andrea Radrizzani.

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