Wigan Athletic v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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THE YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

Where do I start? On and off the pitch Leeds United are turning into one massive joke and it’s heartbreaking for all supporters including myself.

I am glad we had a reasonably good start until December and got points on the board because looking at our situation now we could be in serious trouble

From top to bottom everybody should be taking responsibility – the owners, the manager and the players.

The owners for how they run the club day-to-day, the manager for picking the team and tactics, and players, who get paid (most of the time) good money to perform for probably the biggest club they will ever play for.

Brian McDermott divides opinion and he knows it’s a results business so the buck stops with him.

But the way he has been treated as a human being is disgraceful.

Since this takeover farce started, he has taken the brunt of the criticism and the only one to answer questions from the media as GFH have just become silent and, in my opinion, that is very wrong.

Whoever eventually takes over the club, whether it’s Massimo Cellino or/and some other multi-millionaire they should have the club’s best interests at heart, give the loyal supporters what they deserve and make us once again a force in English football.

Tomorrow we travel to the DW Stadium to face the current FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic and once again it’s an early kick-off live on Sky.

The Latics, who currently occupy one of the play-off spots, could have a quick return to the Premiership after being relegated last season under Roberto Martinez.

After doing a fantastic job at Brentford, Uwe Rösler took over as manager after Owen Coyle left in December and since his arrival, Wigan have risen up the Championship table. It’s no surprise their good form started after their exit from the Europa League and our match will be their 54th of the season. This will be an extremely tough game and unfortunately I can see only one outcome.

Finally April 5 marks the 14th anniversary of the passing of Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight who were murdered in Istanbul on the eve of the UEFA Cup semi-final clash against Galatasaray in 2000; their memory will never be forgotten by Leeds United fans worldwide, RIP.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 3 Leeds United 1.

KEITH INGHAM

Sitting here trying to think where Leeds United go from here following another home defeat, this time to lowly Charlton.

Brian McDermott still talks a defiant game but his players don’t show it where it matters – on the field.

There are too many players within the squad that quite simply aren’t good enough to play for this club and sooner or later the manager needs to hold his hands up and realise that neither is he to manage it.

Football is a results business. He’s said it himself and whatever happens behind the scenes it’s up to him to pick 11 players that can do this. It’s nearly half a season with only three wins. Mr McDermott should have the good grace to resign.

The manager, even after nearly 12 months at the club, hasn’t a clue who his best 11 is. That’s one of his biggest problems.

Leeds will lose this game and the spiral to the nether reaches of the Championship will continue.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 4 ‘The Unpaid’ 0.

STEPHEN CLARK

It is with a huge chunk of trepidation that Leeds United fans travel across the Pennines on Saturday morning to face what could possibly be a chastening experience against Wigan Athletic.

Passionless, spineless, clueless and pointless are four words that sum up the team at the moment and unless a miracle transformation takes place over the next few days then another inevitable defeat faces the side in front of the Sky TV cameras. Team selection will be as muddled as ever and Leeds only hope is that Wigan have one eye on a Wembley date with Arsenal.

Prediction: Anything other than a rugby score will be a bonus.

GARY NEWBOULD

After failing to register just their third (yes third) Tuesday night victory in three years, the soap opera that is Leeds United heads to Wigan on Saturday lunchtime.

The Latics (usually supported by around 15,000) are chasing promotion and are in the FA Cup semi-final (at Wembley Stadium against Arsenal).

Leeds United, meanwhile, (usually supported by 25,000) have not paid the wages, are marooned by a yacht and have lost seven of their last ten fixtures. Quite frankly we fans have had enough of being taken for granted.

Give us our club back. We’re the real owners who are in for the long haul. I’m fully expecting yet another humiliation.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 4 Leeds United 1.

JONATHAN FORD

Forget about what’s going on behind the scenes, now is time to show pride.

These players are professional footballers, if they don’t have pride in themselves then they shouldn’t bother turning up Saturday.

The fans will turn up on Saturday backing them as ever! All we want is, after the final whistle is blown, that the players have nothing left to give!

We are Leeds United, and when everyone is against us it’s when we are at our most effective, but everything about Saturday speaks defeat.

Let’s have a go. I’m going to always back my team, whether I genuinely think we will win or not.

prediction: Wigan Athletic 1 Leeds United 2.

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