Rotherham United v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Rotherham United.

JAMES HARRISON

Tonight is our first Friday night game in just short of two years when we travelled that long distance to Brighton to battle out a two-all draw.

Friday games seem to cause a bit of controversy with the Leeds fans; a few weeks before that trip to the south coast, we played Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and that was marred by the attack on Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

This time, we want a Friday-night trip to South Yorkshire to be remembered for the right reasons. We are again live on television and there is no better way to show the league what we are capable of and it is perfect for Darko Milanic to secure his first three points as Leeds United manager. I really want Chris Dawson to appear for the first time this season; he has been the shining light in the Under-21s and development squad and he really deserves a chance to prove what he can do. The time is right for Adryan now; he has played several games for the development side so he is match fit and he could provide the little something we have been missing in the last few games.

Rotherham have been inconsistent this season, very much like us. The good news coming out this week is that former Leeds striker Luciano Becchio will be missing the game after breaking his heel. I was personally looking forward to seeing Becchio play against us but at least he won’t be able to put the ball in the net, something that he did consistently for us throughout his time at Elland Road. Former midfielder Paul Green is expected to be playing against us for the first time since his summer move to South Yorkshire, the box-to-box midfielder has scored once this season.

I expect Lewis Cook to be back in the match day squad in place of Luke Murphy. Darko Milanic did the right thing for the Sheffield game in resting Cook because he’s already played 10 times this season at only 17 years of age. We have to be smart with the younger players; we need to learn from the mistake Neil Warnock made with Sam Byram, he played over 40 times in his debut season and that burnt him out. He has not played up to the standard he set in 2012/13 because he has been in and out of the side with injury.

With over 2,000 Leeds fans making the trip to Rotherham, I expect it to be a lively and intense atmosphere. With two weeks rest, we will come back energized and I am confident we will come away from the New York Stadium with all three points.

Prediction: Rotherham United 0 Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

Championship football returns with Leeds United travelling to the New York Stadium to face Rotherham United in front of the near- resident Sky Sports cameras.

This is the first competitive fixture against them since 2004, Leeds lost 1-0 in that game.

Darko Milanic will hopefully have had enough time now to see all the players within the squad and begin to put together his preferred first 11.

Two players who have pushed their way into the managers thoughts are Chris Dawson and Adryan, both have shown in recent Under-21s fixtures that they are ready to enter the fray. Billy Sharp has also shown his determination; competition for places is important in any team.

Rotherham sit 17th in the Championship with 12 points. Their last fixture brought a creditable 1-1 draw at Norwich City, ironically Leeds’ next away trip on Tuesday.

With tough games on the horizon this is one that Leeds need three points from and I think they’ll get them.

Prediction: Rotherham United 1 Leeds United 3.

JONATHAN FORD

After what feels like an eternity, we have a game to go to – and a game that the home side will be well up for.

If we play like we know we can, we can give anyone in this league a game.

Rotherham, however, lack the quality to match us.

Prediction: Rotherham United 0 Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

We’re hoping it’s fourth time lucky for Darko Milanic from our first visit to the New York Stadium tonight.

Performances have been on an upward trajectory and the formula is a simple one: if we create a similar amount of chances for Mirco Antenucci as he had against Sheffield Wednesday then we have a good chance of winning the game. I’m hoping Stephen Warnock reclaims the left-back spot and Chris Dawson at least makes the bench after his performances for the Under-21s.

Although we are notoriously bad away from home, when it comes to Yorkshire derbies, I think this Leeds side can overcome Rotherham.

prediction: Rotherham United 0 Leeds United 2.

GARY NEWBOULD

United make their inaugural visit to the New York Stadium tonight. The Millers have won only one of their last seven matches, but earned a creditable draw at Norwich last time out. After two draws United will want to net Darko Milanic’s first three-pointer.

Prediction: Rotherham United 1 Leeds United 1.

STEPHEN CLARK

A trip to the New York Stadium offers a real opportunity for the Slovenian coach to earn his first win as Leeds boss, but he may have to shuffle his pack to find the winning formula.

One man who has really enhanced his reputation over the last 10 days or so in the Under-21s is Chris Dawson. He is just the type of player the Whites need at the moment, a creative midfielder with the ability to get beyond the ball and join with the front men. Rotherham will pose a threat, as like all other Yorkshire sides, they see this as one of their biggest games of the season. Steve Evans will certainly have his side up for it, but I fancy Leeds to have enough to pick up the win.

prediction: Rotherham United 0 Leeds United 2.

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