Yeovil Town v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

ELLIOT BRANSBY

First of all let me quickly touch on the battle of the boardroom.

What happened last weekend was a disgrace and to behave in that manner was unacceptable.

Brian McDermott is not everyone’s cup of tea but since his ‘sacking’ he has shown dignity, grace and humility. Not many people understand what it’s like to be ‘Leeds’ but in the short space of time he has been manager he definitely gets it.

Either way, regardless of whether it’s GFH, Massimo Cellino or anyone else at the helm, they will have work to do if the trust of the supporters is to be restored.

Back to on-field matters. Tomorrow is the first of two long away days in three days; we travel to Somerset for an early kick-off, live on Sky against Yeovil Town.

Huish Park is the longest journey of the season and, for those making it from Elland Road, you face a 538-mile round trip so for fans like myself, it will be an extremely early start.

The Glovers are currently bottom of the Championship and after an impressive season last year where they beat Brentford in the League One play-off final it looks like Gary Johnson and his side will be heading back to League One, especially after recently losing their star man Ed Upson to Millwall. Our last trip to Yeovil was on Easter Monday in 2010 looking to re-ignite our faltering promotion hopes and two goals in five first-half minutes by captain at the time Richard Naylor earned us a 2-1 win. I can’t see any changes being made to the team that beat Huddersfield Town 5-1 last Saturday and another win would close the gap between us and the top six.

I just can’t see us having a consistent run of good results and most supporters have probably written this season off already because of recent results and all the problems with the takeover.

But who knows, it’s a crazy league.

I am looking forward to welcoming McDermott back to the dugout tomorrow and I know the fans in that open end terrace will be behind the team 100 per cent. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!

Prediction: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 3.

KEITH INGHAM

Brian McDermott has returned from his enforced ‘day off’ when GFH and everybody else realised that he is the best thing to happen to the club in a long time.

GFH are now talking to a group of business people to try and organise a bid to compete against Massimo Cellino’s offer. Another twist was Andrew Flowers issuing a winding up petition over money owed to him by the club. It is hoped that the Football League make a quick and informed decision about the Italian’s bid for the club and hopefully the whole sorry business is sorted. We can but hope.

The weekend brings a trip to Yeovil who sit bottom of the Championship with 20 points and only five wins this season.

The team that played so well in the second half last week deserves another outing with Matt Smith, back from suspension, on the bench. And with the media concentrating on off-field matters it is hoped the players continue from their best performance since Birmingham City and bring home the three points.

Prediction: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 3.

JONATHAN FORD

Now that the boss is back and after that outstanding second half against Huddersfield, football takes charge tomorrow with a trip to Yeovil. We tend to do quite well at Huish Park and I can see us winning there, but need to match the second-half effort from last Saturday.

prediction: Yeovil Town 0 Leeds United 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

Football has become a bit of a sideshow to the circus that is the Leeds United ownership saga, but we will get 90 minutes respite from it all when the Whites take on Yeovil tomorrow.

It seems Sky TV cannot get enough of us. The trip to the relegation strugglers offers Brian McDermott the chance to further strengthen his position in the eyes of any potential new owner and could kick-start a faltering campaign.

Anything other than a win will be unacceptable.

And I feel that the side will have been boosted by last weekend’s remarkable result and will pick up all three points.

Prediction: Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 3.

GARY NEWBOULD

The Somerset side should not be underestimated as they put up a stern test in the reverse fixture and have also shown signs of improvement over the last few weeks. The last time the Whites were on the TV it should have been rated an 18, this time let’s hope for better.

Prediction: Yeovil Town 2 Leeds United 2.

MICHAEL HEMSWORTH

Brian McDermott is back at the helm, but for how long? With Andrew Flowers pulling out of the race to buy the club, Massimo Cellino is now almost certain to complete his takeover.

That surely (unfairly) leaves McDermott on borrowed time.

For now, it is nice to have some football to concentrate on. I do not expect any changes for tomorrow’s trip to Huish Park, although Matt Smith will be a welcome returnee on the bench.

If we perform like we did in the second half against Huddersfield then we should pick up our first away win since December.

prediction: Yeovil Town 0 Leeds United 1.

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