Leeds United v Brighton: YEP jury predictions

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Our jurors give their verdicts on Leeds United’s home clash with Brighton and Hove Albion

MATTHEW EVANS

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Two weeks is a long time in football but it hasn’t been long enough to forget quite how inept Leeds United were in their last home game against Birmingham.

The weary Elland Road crowd was treated to a disciplined passing game in front of all 11 Birmingham players with the only breakthrough coming twice from the visitors’ rapid counter-attack.

It might not have been so bad but we haven’t won at home this season, or indeed for several months, and there were similar dire performances before that away at Middlesbrough and MK Dons – albeit the latter resulting in us bringing three points home.

Uwe Rosler needs to act fast to appease a fanbase that can see a squad full of players who are failing to reach their potential. Recruitment in the summer was very promising and we know the talents of the young players available.

Things like Sam Byram’s contract situation, Adam Pearson’s departure and the hangover from the apparent mini-strike ahead of Charlton away last season continue to distract and leave a sour taste in the mouth.

Now, on the back of a two-week period without a game, we enter another unusual period with Wednesday, Saturday and Thursday games.

Our fans, as well as suffering the turgid displays on the pitch, are the number one victims of the broadcasters as well now having had our Boxing Day fixture removed and our traditional Saturday Christmas game moved to Sunday.

Eventually the list of gripes of a Leeds fan has to come to an end but I think it is unlikely to be tomorrow against a side that is doing very well in the league. A fortnight doesn’t feel long enough for Rosler to have implemented the significant tactical changes that are going to be required to deal with Brighton.

Perhaps the only thing in our favour is that Brighton will surely come to Elland Road to win – and that might give our players the chance to impose their own quality in a way that they’ve failed to do so far.

Either way, I think the likely outcome against Brighton is a draw at best.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Brighton 1.

KEITH INGHAM
So, After the international break, we’re 10 games into the season, 10 England European Championship games without defeat, and 10 games without a home win at Elland Road.

The last stat really bothers me as it’s hard to see when the first win will arrive.

It’s been an extremely disappointing start to the campaign, especially on home territory. And it doesn’t get any easier tomorrow when table toppers Brighton visit Elland Road.

Chris Hughton’s team has surprised me but the points on the board show they are the ‘form’ team of the Championship. Unbeaten and looking like a team to be considered for promotion even at this early stage in the season.

Leeds on the other hand look lacking in confidence.

The ‘engine’ seems to have lost the early form too. Hopefully Lewis Cook will be the key to unlocking the Brighton defence. I’d pair him with Tom Adeyemi with Stuart Dallas and Jordan Botaka on the wings. Up front Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci need more than one game together to try and improve Leeds’ poor return in the goals tally.

And the formation used so far at home simply isn’t working.

Leeds will have to attack from minute one or I see another record being broken.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Brighton 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

The mood surrounding Leeds United on the resumption after the latest international break is in marked contrast to the feeling back in September.

Then Leeds were unbeaten and had just produced a superb display to see off Derby County and put themselves forward as possible contenders for promotion. Since then Leeds are winless.

Hopefully, Uwe Rosler has spent the last couple of weeks building up the confidence of his troops because they face the difficult task of taking on the league leaders Brighton.

Heavy Metal football was promised but Leeds were as bland as I can remember in the three most recent home games. Let’s hope for a more attacking brand of football.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Brighton 1.

GARY NEWBOULD

Records are there to be broken, but should the Whites fail to beat Brighton tomorrow afternoon at Elland Road then a very unwelcome record of 11 home games without a win will set a new (low) benchmark – but I’m actually predicting a win!

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Brighton 2.

DAVID WATKINS

Brighton arrive at Elland Road in good shape, top of the table and undefeated in the league. This is all the more remarkable as they ended the previous campaign without a win in their final seven games!

The turnaround is credit to Chris Hughton for organising his side to play in a particular manner that suits the players he has at the club. Compare this with the situation at Leeds where we all think we have some talented players but Uwe Rosler has failed to find a pattern to get the best out of them. There is talk of changes by Rosler but I don’t expect many; as long as Botaka and Antenucci start I’ll be happy and if they do I think we can finally get that Elland Road victory on the board.

Prediction: Leeds United 3 Brighton 2.

JAMES HARRISON

It’s been a long two weeks since the disappointment of the Birmingham game. But we have now got three games in seven days starting with Brighton. We desperately need a home win and I don’t think Uwe Rosler will change the team from our last defeat. The team need to prove a point and I’m really confident we can sneak a victory.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Brighton 0.

Pontus Jansson heads in the winner against Norwich. PIC: Simon Hulme

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