Wigan v Leeds United: YEP Jurors give their predictions

Leeds United's Luke Murphy and Middlesbrough's Kike.

Leeds United's Luke Murphy and Middlesbrough's Kike.

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Our YEP Jurors have their say on Leeds United’s Championship clash at Wigan,

JAMES HARRISON

It was a terrific win on Wednesday against Ipswich and we can now look forward to the rest of the season and enjoy it because we’re under no pressure at all.

The turnaround since the turn of the year has been outstanding and the players who have come back into the side have been brilliant.

Luke Murphy has been the shining light in 2015 and will, strangely, probably be up for the Player Of The Year award.

He has had a tough career at Leeds United but he has worked it around and looks set to be a great player for our football club.

It was a really good game on Wednesday, both sides created chances and it was a typical Championship game of football.

Alex Mowatt is getting better each week and he scored another great free-kick.

All Billy Sharp needs is game time.

He has been in and out all season and has not been able to have a run of games to get some goals.

He’s worked very hard and taken his chance by scoring two in two games.

I was really impressed with Charlie Taylor on the left wing. He has got a great touch and is always willing to run at the defence.

Neil Redfearn will probably pick the same side at Wigan and we’ll go into the game full of confidence after beating another top side.

Wigan are six points behind 21st-placed Rotherham – following their unlikely victory at promotion-chasing Norwich City – so every game for them is now a must-win.

They beat us comfortably on Boxing Day at Elland Road and they didn’t look like the side they have been all season.

Jason Pearce will probably start at the back and I think he’ll receive a good reception from our fans.

Pearce always tried his hardest for us but he just wasn’t good enough and we had better players in the squad.

As we know he is very slow, so if we get behind their defence, that will be when they are most vulnerable.

I think we’ll come away with three points tomorrow and hopefully give them some revenge after they beat us in December.

Everybody wants Steve Morison to score so I’m backing him to score the winner!

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1 Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

After two defeats, Leeds returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town at Elland Road.

Leeds travel to Wigan on Saturday and face a team I’m surprised to see so low in the Championship.

It’s been a tough season for a team that not so long ago beat Manchester City in the FA Cup Final.

Dave Whelan’s grandson has taken over the club now and the first job will be to get the team out of the bottom three.

They recently acquired Jermaine Pennant on a free transfer. He was, of course, a loan signing for Leeds a number of years ago but not a very successful signing. A win at bottom club Blackpool was followed in midweek by a win at Norwich City. They remain six points from safety.

With Rudy Austin out for at least a few weeks Neil Redfearn will have to shuffle his squad.

Leeds really need at least a couple of loan players in but it’s been difficult getting them due to the transfer embargo the Football League placed on the club. Redfearn has given a list of players he feels will help. It does seem strange why it is taking so long to recruit them; there have been some tired legs on view in recent games and players playing out of position. Over to you Mr Umbers.

As usual thousands of fans, including myself, will be travelling to the DW Stadium and will hope that Tuesday’s win will be followed by another three points there. I’m expecting another close game.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1 Leeds United 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

Just a few short weeks ago this looked like the archetypal relegation six pointer. However as Neil Redfearn’s Leeds United team have strung together an impressive series of results to sail clear of the relegation mire, Malky Mackay’s Wigan side have struggled to build on thier win at Elland Road and remained rooted inside the bottom three.

With Dave Whelan handing over the reins of the club, it seems likely that this could be the last meeting between the sides for a while, as Wigan Athletic look destined to return to the footballing backwaters where they have spent most of their history.

For the Whites on the other hand, at least on the field, the future looks rosy. Match by match it becomes clearer that whoever takes control of Leeds United must tie down the young guns who have been the backbone of the team’s glide clear of the foot of the Championship. Murphy, Cook, Mowatt, Byram, Taylor and Silvestri could be the spine of a very good side in years to come.

Despite the game being a relevant non event, 5,000 United fans will descend on Wigan tomorrow, once again underlining the potential the club has if only it could be run as soundly as their opponents have been. The pitch may stop Leeds playing football in midfield but they will still get the win which would surely send the teams in opposite directions in the summer.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0 Leeds United 2

JONATHAN FORD

Well after two defeats, it was good to get the winning feeling back against Ipswich.

If we can pick up three points at Wigan it would be massive; a defeat would drag them closer to us. And they will be buoyed by their away win at Norwich.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0 Leeds United 1.

MATTHEW EVANS

Wigan pulled off an unlikely result away at Norwich on Wednesday and are clearly more up for the relegation scrap than their near neighbours Blackpool. United should, therefore, approach with caution.

While Wigan were picking up the points in East Anglia, we were watching an unusual Leeds line-up taking yet more points off promotion chasers. The midfield of Murphy, Cook and Mowatt was again superb and Neil Redfearn got his tactics spot on in playing four central defenders to help nullify Ipswich’s aerial threat. Leeds should have enough to win if they can keep tiredness, apathy and a lack of concentration at bay. I fancy Billy Sharp to make it three in three.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0 Leeds United 1.

GARY NEWBOULD

Fresh from their excellent midweek victory over Ipswich United head over the Pennines to take on relegation threatened Wigan Athletic. The Latics are fighting for their Championship lives and have won their last two games including away at Norwich in midweek. However their home form has been dire with no victory since August. The first goal will be crucial but I’m expecting at least a share of the spoils as the Whites edge ever closer to 50 points and safety.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 2 Leeds United 2.

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