Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s home clash with Burton Albion.
On the face of it, an injury-hit Burton Albion should allow Leeds United to extend what is already our best start to a second tier season since 1984 under Eddie Gray! We all know how poorly we often perform after an international break though!
Burton will be without Luke Murphy, who is not eligible, while other old boys – Stephen Warnock and Luke Varney – may play despite not training due to injury.
If there is a good time to face Nigel Clough’s side, this is it, although remember he has a fine record against us – winning six from six with Derby and that devastating blow against us at the Pirelli Stadium last season.
For Thomas Christiansen, the big call is who to leave out now we have added Jay-Roy Grot, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki to an unbeaten side that already had a strong bench.
I reckon the XI that began at Forest will start and I think that international break hoodoo will go for a Burton!
Prediction: Leeds United 4 Burton Albion 0.
Rarely has an international break dragged on so long. I’m sure all Leeds United fans wanted to just dive back in after such an impressive all-round showing at the City Ground a fortnight ago.
The transfer deadline brought us two pieces of intrigue ahead of tomorrow’s game in the shape of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki who will generate even more competition in an attack where demand for places is already fierce.
Elland Road will be packed with fans who practically expect the three points and, with the pressure of not having won a game at home yet, this is the classic, early season banana skin.
In a way it’s a perfect test and it will be down to mentality whether we are still riding the highs by 5pm tomorrow or we have come crashing down to Earth with a bump.
I expect us to win convincingly.
Prediction: Leeds United 3 Burton Albion 0.
With the first international break thankfully out of the way, Leeds return to action with a four-day home ‘double header’ against Burton Albion and Birmingham City at Elland Road.
Two additions in the final day of the transfer window has boosted options in the forward line, but they may have a wait to impress if Kemar Roofe continues to score goals.
Hopefully, all players involved in the international games will be back without any injuries, impressive midfielder Eunan O’Kane withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad due to reoccurrence of a groin injury, but has trained this week, Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington returned to ‘light’ training but it is doubtful either will be considered for games against Burton or Birmingham.
Two great away wins, with no goals conceded was pretty special, but it’s at home where we need to start winning after the first two home games ended scoreless.
Elland Road needs to be a fortress again.
Prediction: Leeds United 3 Burton Albion 0.
After the end of the transfer window and the international break, Leeds United host Burton Albion.
Two weeks seems a long time but the great win at Forest still resonates. Another full house at Elland Road beckons, Millwall away sells out almost before the tickets go on sale and Burnley away in the Carabao Cup goes on the maximum away attendance tracker.
And yet...a home game against Burton is arguably Thomas Chritiansen’s biggest challenge. Why? Simply because the burden of expectation is so great. If winning these sort of fixtures can become routine, then the juggernaut will roll much faster.
With nearly 90 per cent of the season remaining, complacency is not an option. Confidence and a bit of swagger, yes but watch out for the banana skins.
How Christiansen handles the next two games will give us some clues as to his tactical acumen.
There’s nowhere better than Elland Road when it’s rocking but a sell-out crowd showing frustration is horrible. Just saying...
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Burton Albion 0.
Third-placed Leeds United return to action after the international break against Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion, with a rare 3pm kick-off.
It could be said that the break came at a bad time for the Whites, given their good start to the season, however time may certainly have been a great healer, as far as Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington are concerned, as they may both potentially be available after injury.
United’s squad has also been further boosted by the signings of Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga as for the first time in years a real statement of intent was made by the management, which was further confirmed by the contract extension given to Stuart Dallas.
‘Clough Junior’ has only lost to United once so far in his managerial career and most of the loyal hordes can still clearly remember the impact of last season’s away defeat to the Brewers.
It’s time to keep the run going and register the first home league victory of the campaign.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Burton Albion 1.