Arsenal v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United's clash with Arsenal.


Age: 25

Years following United: 25

Lives: Leeds

The waiting is finally over as we prepare to face a daunting trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup third round. Following what could be described as an indifferent Christmas period – only three points from a possible 12 – it's a chance for the players to put a punishing Championship schedule to one side. Whatever side Arsenal put out will prove a stern test for Simon Grayson's men and we really will have to tighten up at the back.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 United 0

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Age: 46

Years following United: 38

Lives: Yeadon

Leeds predictably surrendered their unbeaten run to a Cardiff side who were a shadow of the team who dismantled United back in October. A lacklustre first period had the Welshmen ahead through Craig Bellamy, but Snodgrass curled in a superb second-half equaliser only for United to concede another poor goal when Chopra snaffled a long punt downfield. As for Arsenal, it's a day out and an opportunity to provide the Emirates with an atmosphere to match their undoubted sublime brand of football.

Prediction: Arsenal 4 United 1

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Age: 28

Years following United: 18

Lives: Skipton

Leeds made it unlucky 13 at the Cardiff City Stadium, losing 2-1 to the last team to beat us. However, I feel the result shows how far we've come in that time. We struggled to maintain possession in the first half, but City only had a narrow 1-0 half-time lead and we got back into it through Snodgrass. Chopra scored to take all three points after some seriously bad defending. Tomorrow we face Arsenal – a team that will, no doubt, put our defence to the ultimate test.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 United 1


Age: 40

Years following United: 40

Lives: York

A first trip to the Emirates awaits this weekend in the FA Cup. After a disappointing Xmas and end to our unbeaten run of 12 games the rare tag of underdogs will be gratefully taken by the Whites. With Neil Kilkenny on Asian Cup duty it's a relief the Gunners are allowing loanee Sanchez Watt to play. I'm expecting a brave performance, full of commitment, in front of 8,500 travelling hordes but ultimately to be left concentrating on the main prize – returning to the Emirates next year in the league.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 United 1


Age: 28

Years following United: 17

Lives: Bramley

The trip to the Emirates is a mixture of a glamour tie and an unwelcome distraction to our quest for promotion. Personally, I'm really looking forward to watching one of the most entertaining Premiership teams play our boys. I can't help to be nervous though after the results that followed the memorable win at Old Trafford last season. On paper we have no chance but our 12th man (our fans) will be pushing United all the way, so you never know. I'm sure we'll leave London with our heads held high.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 United 1

Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas (centre) celebrates taking the wicket of England's Alastair Cook during day three at Lord's. Picture: Adam Davy/PA.

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