Leeds United v Middlesbrough: YEP jury predictions

The YEP jury look ahead to Leeds United's clash with Middlesbrough.

ANDREW DALTON

Age: 25

Years following United: 25

Lives: Leeds

The new year comes with a visit from Middlesbrough, with Leeds looking to complete their first double of the season. Hopefully the new year will bring with it a new defensive manual following the concession of four points in the last two games! I have to admit feeling sorry for Leigh Bromby after his fine performance against QPR. McCormack looked sharp against Pompey and maybe it would be good to see him and Becchio partnered up front together.

Prediction: Leeds United 4 Middlesbrough 2

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DAVID GOODWILL

Age: 46

Years following United: 38

Lives: Yeadon

The name David Webb is synonymous with Cup final despair, 40 years on and his namesake had the United faithful incensed with a miserable refereeing display.

The Lancastrian official did his utmost to ruin a tremendous game. Bradley Johnson vilified three weeks ago was lorded to the heavens after smashing home our third goal but another defensive calamity handed Pompey an undeserved point. Tomorrow will be an opportunity to test ourselves against an expensively assembled squad in Middlesbrough.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Middlesbrough 1

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VICKY SIMPSON

Age: 28

Years following United: 18

Lives: Skipton

For the second time in three days, United blew a two-goal advantage. We started very brightly, and were two up in the first 10 minutes. However, a stunning finish from Nugent put Pompey firmly back in the game. Johnson restored the two-goal lead, blasting in from a corner and a severe lapse in concentration allowed Pompey to take a point home. Tomorrow we face Boro', I fancy us to score a couple at least so it's vital we keep our composure at the back.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Middlesbrough 1

GARY NEWBOULD

Age: 40

Years following United: 40

Lives: York

With Christmas now gone hopefully United's defence will forget the mantra "it is better to give than receive" in terms of letting in goals and a late Christmas present of a decent referee would also go down well. Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough arrive boosted by victory at Preston which saw the end of Ferguson junior. Paynter and McCormack may well get another chance to start. If the Whites are serious about promotion then this is a must-win with a game at Cardiff on the horizon.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1

ROB LEWIS-BROOKES

Age: 28

Years following United: 17

Lives: Bramley

Leeds head in to their first match of 2011 having thrown away a two-goal lead in each of their previous two outings. Simon Grayson will be keen to ensure a return to winning ways against a somewhat resurgent Middlesbrough side who will be out to avenge the 2-1 Leeds win at the Riverside in October. I think Becchio needs to be on from the start but it would be cruel on whoever he replaces as both McCormack and Paynter were impressive last time out.

Prediction: Leeds United 4 Middlesbrough 1

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