Huddersfield Town v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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I feel so much more confident going into Saturday’s game after our victory against Cardiff on Tuesday night.

It wasn’t the best we’ve played all season, but the result was all that mattered; we were dying for a victory.

Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

We showed a lot of promise, though. Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci look more comfortable every time they play with each other and they seem to be causing more of a threat.

I am not Wood’s biggest fan – he could do a lot better with the ball and his hold-up play has been really poor recently – but the service he has been getting has been really poor.

He should have scored the other night but that showed how low on confidence he is.

I’m sure in training he slots them away everyday.

We have a decent record against Huddersfield recently and with them sacking Chris Powell on Wednesday morning it may give us more of an advantage.

However, manager sackings can go one or two ways.

Their players may come out with a fresh sense of energy and more motivation and put in a top performance, even more so with it being their biggest game of the season.

They have some top-quality players in their ranks that will cause us lots of problems.

Lewis Cook has got to play central midfield again. He is our best player by far and he just needs to be on the ball. He is still dangerous on the left side but the ball he gets is very limited.

Sam Byram should be back in as he is Evans’ first-choice right-back.

However, Scott Wootton played really well the other night and it would be really unfair to take him out of the team, especially when we kept a clean sheet. Steve Evans will have a few headaches picking his team for Saturday.

I called for Luke Murphy to be dropped after his performance against Blackburn but he played much better on Tuesday evening and showed some of the class everybody in the club knows he has got.

Goals are guaranteed at the John Smith’s Stadium.

I can’t see us keeping a clean sheet but I don’t think they will either.

We will come away victorious in another Yorkshire derby.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 3.

JAMES HARRISON

The ‘monkey’ was removed from Leeds United’s back on Tuesday by the left foot of Alex Mowatt, the young midfielder’s superb goal being enough to beat Cardiff City.

Not only did it mean the first victory at Elland Road in nearly eight months but it was the first time in over 30 years that Leeds had recorded a victory over the Welsh football club.

Smiles returned to the faces of nearly 18,000 fans but as with everything involving Leeds these days a lot can happen in less than 24 hours, as we duly found out.

There’s a game at the weekend, as the ‘circus’ travels to near-neighbours Huddersfield Town, who themselves decided that their manager Chris Powell wasn’t the man to take the club any further than he has.

Steve Evans, now with a win under his large belt will decide if he should make changes to a winning team.

Myself, I think all concerned deserve another outing.

It is still to be seen if the loan deal for Liam Bridcutt is finalised before the game.

If it is, he should be amongst the squad that travels to the John Smiths Stadium.

With the much-needed three points claimed earlier in the week I hope Leeds make it back-to-back wins.

But it will be a close game – they usually are.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

On Tuesday we witnessed why it is that we as football fans keep going! Next up are local neighbours who we lead by one place and one point. Hopefully, now full of confidence, we can go and secure another three points. I’m expecting plenty of goals.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 2, Leeds United 2.

GARY NEWBOULD

It is an absolute lottery trying to predict Leeds United’s results; everyone rightly felt we would batter Blackburn after encouraging displays at Fulham and Bolton but we lost tamely. Against Cardiff, I doubt many thought we stood an earthly, yet we beat them!

Huddersfield dispensed with manager Chris Powell this week after a run that had seen just one win in seven, albeit against several decent teams. They almost beat Reading on Tuesday night too, conceding a very late equaliser. Terriers chief exec’, Nigel Clibbens, says he wants to embark in a new direction; presumably that is up the table rather than down it! If Leeds reproduce the spirit showed against Cardiff, we’ll be too strong for Town.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 3.

DAVID WATKINS

Two Yorkshire clubs in disarray meet tomorrow. Huddersfield managerless and Leeds on the back of another farce.

Still, if United can get their stuff together on the pitch as they did on Tuesday we can overcome Huddersfield.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

Things were looking a little more positive around Elland Road on Tuesday evening after they ended two hoodoos in one fell swoop, finally winning at home for the first time in months and doing so by beating Cardiff City for the first time in over 30 years.

With dreams of a fans-led takeover of the club, it was nice to come out of Elland Road with a little bit of a swagger, but within hours ...

After securing his first victory as Leeds boss, Steve Evans will be looking for his side to get him his first away win at Huddersfield Town.

We don’t often win two games on the bounce at our near neighbours and I honestly don’t fancy us to get anything from the game on Saturday.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 2, Leeds United 1.

STEPHEN CLARK

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