Leeds United v Blackpool: YEP jury predictions

Billy Sharp. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Billy Sharp. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Blackpool at Elland Road.


The weekend brought news that Red Bull were interested in buying the club.

The Daily Mail proclaimed that Massimo Cellino was open to offers, a thoroughly terse response from Cellino that he did not intend to sell was forthcoming. Red Bull distanced themselves from the report and fans will hope not another takeover farce rears its head again. We’ve had too many in recent years.

In other news the buy back of Elland Road could take longer than expected due to ‘internal issues’, whatever that means!

Tuesday’s draw with Charlton was the eighth game without a win and Leeds are slipping in the wrong direction after failing to finish off their opponents when on top of a game again.

A disappointing first half was improved in the second with two great strikes from Alex Mowatt, that’s three in two games and only a debatable penalty by a shockingly bad referee denied Leeds a much-needed win.

I trust Neil Redfearn doesn’t mind or this column’s readers but I have a thought of how the team could overcome the lack of width so apparent from our displays this season.

Myself, I would try this line-up: Silvestri, a back three of Del Fabro, Pearce and Cooper with Byram on the right and Warnock, one of the season’s better performers, on the left.

In midfield I would pick Cook, Mowatt and Bianchi, these three have the attributes needed in that area.

Up front I would use Adyran or Dawson just behind Sharp, if fit.

The other option would be either Doukara or Antenucci as the lead striker. This is a really great opportunity to be more positive against the bottom team in the Championship.

After 16 games and going into another international break it is hoped that after it the form and performances that followed Redfearn’s first tenure as ‘caretaker’ coach can be rediscovered and Leeds’ position in the Championship can improve.

This group of players need to show that playing for the club matters, as so far this season they have failed the loyal supporters that follow the club week by week. They are paid a tremendous amount of money and to be honest it’s time they started earning it.

This without doubt is a game Leeds have to win and I think they will by two clear goals. Anything else and I worry about what lies ahead for Leeds. Come on Leeds!

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Blackpool 1.


When Leeds travelled to Blackpool last Christmas, the two sides were firmly in the race for promotion, yet almost 12 months on tomorrow sees them battle it out in a relegation six-pointer.

There were flashes of the side’s potential in the 2-2 draw with Charlton on Tuesday to make most fans feel optimistic about the future, particularly the performances of Byram, Cook, Cooper and Mowatt – a strong core of young and gifted English talent.

It was the continental contingent who disappointed in the week, and thankfully Giuseppe Bellusci will be absent following a yellow card collected in conceding the needless penalty that cost Leeds two points on Tuesday.

Brian Montenegro must be close to a start given Doukara’s recent poor performances, and Tomasso Bianchi needs to show some form. Neil Redfearn has a large squad to choose from, and he must be allowed to use it if Leeds are to prosper. With the weakness of the opponents tomorrow, anything but three points will be a disaster, and I am hugely confident that the eight-match winless run will come to a resounding end.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Blackpool 0.


After a disappointing trip to Wales and a better showing on Tuesday, we are playing a team who have nothing to lose because they are favourites for relegation, so we need to win the game. We are at home and anything but a win is simply not good enough.

Prediction: Leeds United 4 Blackpool 0.


I really think that tomorrow is the biggest game of the season so far.

We are on a shocking winless run and are edging closer to the relegation zone. Blackpool are almost certainties to go down so it is a great chance to get back to winning ways.

We were unlucky on Tuesday and deserved the three points but it wasn’t meant to be; the point makes tomorrow ten times more important. We created several chances against Charlton and on another day we could have scored four or five goals.

If Billy Sharp is fit, I hope he is involved whether that is starting or on the bench; he gives us something different.

Prediction: Leeds United 4 Blackpool 0.


After being unluckily held to a midweek draw by Charlton, with Alex Mowatt simply outstanding, United entertain Blackpool tomorrow. Lee Clark is now in charge for the visitors. But this is simply a must-win for United so that they can move towards mid-table safety.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Blackpool 1.


Redfearn’s United changed up a gear on Tuesday night to put in a much better performance than the one at Cardiff last weekend.

But for sloppy defending it would have been a much needed win against a combative but limited Charlton side.

Alex Mowatt’s three goals in two games, the hard work of Sam Byram and Stephen Warnock out wide and the lively Adryan are all things to be positive about at a time when ultimately we’ve not won in eight games.

Blackpool arrive tomorrow rooted to the bottom of the Championship so, in terms of picking up three points, it’s now or never for Leeds.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Blackpool 1.

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