Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s clash at Derby County.
Derby away is always the game I least look forward to. I can’t remember the last time we got something from the game and we seem to get hammered every time we go.
It will be interesting to see what Uwe Rosler does with the team tomorrow. Will he stay with 4-4-2 or will he go back to his preferred 4-3-3?
Personally, I think that Antenucci and Wood both have to play together, but I also think that Murphy, Cook and Mowatt should all get the nod.
However, Tom Adeyemi has possibly been our best player so far this season; he breaks play up and counter attacks in a similar way to Rudy Austin. He has been a top signing.
Derby have some of the best players in the Championship and pose a real attacking threat. They have also drawn every game they have played like us so are desperate for their first win. With a new manager, their fans will quickly turn on the team and him if we get an early goal so we can’t afford to start the game slowly.
I have always thought that Cooper is better than Bellusci, but after last week’s performance, it showed that Bellusci is so much better on the ball and even better defensively.
However, neither Cooper nor Bellusci are going to take us to the play-offs so if we could bring in another centre-half to partner Bamba, it will make us into a top team.
Sam Byram has been poor these last few games. Whether that is because he has had his head turned or whether it is a dip in form is hard to tell, but we need Byram at his best; he is probably our biggest threat.
The long cross-field ball last week was frustrating. It didn’t seem to be working and it was quite painful to watch.
Sheffield Wednesday handled it well and when we got the ball down on the floor in the second half, we looked more dangerous.
I don’t think a draw will be a good result tomorrow; we don’t want to fall any further behind in the play-off race.
Our Derby away hoodoo is going to come to an end one day so let’s hope it is this week!
Prediction: Derby County 0 Leeds United 1.
Leeds United and Derby County meet tomorrow knowing that one of them will lose their unbeaten status unless, of course, the game ends level – a result that would stretch both sides’ draw sequence to five!
Derby has not been a fruitful hunting ground for the Whites in recent years – the last time we won there was in the Premier League in 2001/2. We have to go back to 2005/6 for the last point we earned there – a 0-0 draw – but since then we have had seven consecutive defeats. A win for Leeds at the iPro Stadium would turn a very average start to the season into a pretty good one, but without the boost of that Forestieri signing I feel the Rams will just have too much quality for us.
Prediction: Derby County 2 Leeds United 0.
The subject of Leeds United has taken a ‘back seat’ as I’m enjoying a well-earned break in Spain, but come half past one local time the ‘colours’ will be on and I’ll be backing my heroes from a bar before travelling home.
Tomorrow brings another rearranged game at Derby County for Sky, the fourth to be moved for the benefit of the TV. It makes you think when, with five games played, we’ve still to have a three o’clock kick-off on a Saturday. Paul Clement is a well-respected coach and was assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid last season. He has a very good squad at his disposal with the summer signings of Darren Bent, Andreas Weinmann and Tom Ince alongside Chris Martin and Johnny Russell. The loss of Will Hughes and other injuries earlier in the season may have had a impact on their start; they have exactly the same points total as Leeds with four draws. They are well-fancied to go up automatically this season, after missing out in the play-off final last May.
Uwe Rosler may opt to recall Lewis Cook and either Luke Murphy or Alex Mowatt to the midfield that struggled in the first half against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.
Recent results at Derby have been disappointing to say the least so another draw is the best I can hope for.
Prediction: Derby County 1 Leeds United 1.
The last place Leeds would want to go to end a run without a win is Pride Park. Since relegation from the Premier League, the Whites’ visits to Derby have been literally almost pointless, with just one draw in the last six visits.
But the promotion favourites have probably not been as vulnerable as they are this weekend after a similar start to ours. They have also been struck down by some injuries to key players. Leeds have looked like a side built to play away from home. They look capable of soaking up pressure and hitting on the break, as they did at Bristol City.
It is nice to see a manager with selection dilemmas, and rumours persisting of more incomings.
Prediction: Derby County 1 Leeds United 1
We’ve probably never travelled to Derby with a better chance of a result than tomorrow.
Although, after four or five draws this season, it would be fair to bet on a similar outcome, but Leeds might just edge it.
Prediction: Derby County 0 Leeds United 1.
The TV cameras await yet again tomorrow as United travel to Derby to lock horns as the division’s ‘draw specialists’.
Eight games played between them and eight draws. Leeds would certainly take a point from what an unhappy hunting ground.
Prediction: Derby County 2 Leeds United 1.