The YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Millwall at Elland Road.
With the guilty verdict early on Tuesday, Massimo Cellino’s bid to take over the club’s ownership looked to be heading to the waste paper bin at the Football League headquarters.
These are troubling times at the club both off the field and on it. It will put fresh doubt into supporters’ minds about the prospect of Leeds United FC entering into administration again. I hear the people who are saying that we should wait until the FL actually come out and make a final decision but the rules state that anybody found guilty of fraud is barred from owning a football club.
Tomorrow, Vinnie Jones arrives to give the medal he won in 1990 for winning the second division title back to the club where he became a ‘folk hero’. How Leeds wish they had a player like him this and recent seasons as they fight to stop becoming a ‘middle of the road’ Championship club. The club is no better on the field as it was 12 months ago under the stewardship of Neil Warnock, many see two wins in 15 as a poor effort from the current squad and it’s manager.
The visit of Millwall is hopefully the right fixture for the players to start to show these incredible supporters something their support deserves.
A performance that lasts for the full 90 minutes and not just the 45 that was shown in the defeat at Burnley.
In two games they have held the upper hand – QPR and last week – only to give their opponents a way back into the game.
The last home win was way back in December, a 2-0 victory over Wigan so surely a win is due.
Ian Holloway brings his team up to Elland Road fresh from a 0-0 draw with local rivals Charlton Athletic. They sit in the bottom three with 32 points from 36 games and have struggled most of the season to consistently get good results. They did recently put a dent in Derby County’s push for promotion with a 1-0 win at Pride Park. Steve Morison will be absent as there is a agreement preventing him playing for them whilst on loan from Leeds.
I would like to see Dominic Poleon given a start as he has the pace to unsettle most defences. He is usually used as a substitute but, in my opinion, is a better option than either Cameron Stewart or Jimmy Kebe.
I’m hoping the return of a hero will inspire the players to finally get a win, their first in seven games. It’s difficult to be positive about the club, I just hope this weekend that changes.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0.
“The Management’s indecision is final” would be an apt phrase to describe the ongoing Leeds United takeover saga that feels like it has been running almost as long as The Mousetrap.
Massimo Cellino’s conviction for tax fraud has taken proceedings from the sublime to the ridiculous. Once again football has taken a back seat – until 3pm tomorrow when the Whites take on Millwall at Elland Road.
United fans must now be fearing the worst; if you take 15 points from the Whites’ present total it would see them just outside the Championship relegation zone with Charlton having some three games in hand. Back to tomorrow, and the Lions have managed one win from 10 matches with the last five boasting a meagre total of four goals. United’s own form since the proposed takeover was announced is nothing short of relegationesque with just two wins from their last 15 Championship outings. To put it short, this is now a game that the Whites simply cannot afford to lose.
Prediction: Leeds United 1 Millwall 0.
We go into this game in a real bad run of form and any team facing us would fancy their chances, but I can see us winning if we show the same fight we did at Burnley.
I’d stick with the same line-up because we need some continuity in the team.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0.
Just when you thought that the state of Leeds United couldn’t get any more chaotic, it did.
Massimo Cellino has been found guilty of tax evasion by an Italian court, throwing his takeover of the club into considerable doubt.
Managed by one of football’s most colourful characters Ian Holloway, Millwall arrive at Elland Road tomorrow fighting to stay in the Championship. Millwall dropping to League One next season would put a smile on my face.
Not going up and probably just having enough to stay up, it’s time we see some of the youngsters given a go instead of just seeing out the season.
Prediction: Any win will do.
Saturday’s game against Millwall is the first of a run of four fixtures you would normally class as ‘winnable’.
After the last two humiliations at Elland Road, McDermott’s side simply have to put on a performance for the home crowd.
Prediction: Leeds United 1 Millwall 1.
Leeds face an uncertain future following the potential collapse of Massimo Cellino’s takeover after Tuesday’s decision in an Italian courtroom.
With the possibility of administration and the points deduction which will follow, it is imperative the Whites collect as many points as possible.
After an improved performance at Burnley, Brian McDermott will feel he has something to build on and the visit of Millwall should see his side finally end their winless run. But it won’t be easy with Ian Holloway’s side fighting for their own Championship survival. At The Den, Leeds were listless and they will need to improve massively to get the win.
prediction: Leeds United 1 Millwall 0.