Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Saturday’s big Yorkshire derby.

There has, so far, been no evidence of the ‘heavy metal football’ promised by Uwe Rosler on the day of his appointment.

If anything it’s been quite lightweight. If the Burnley performance was lukewarm, Reading was insipid and Wednesday night at Bristol was tepid. It’s safe to say this United team have not yet hit their stride.

Rosler’s excuses about the fixture pile-up only holds some merit as other clubs have had slightly longer recovery times than us when we’ve played them. Beyond that, each and every team in the league has had the same number of games in the same pattern and, as a result, our new manager’s gripes don’t really hold up to scrutiny.

All that said, there have been some real glimpses of promise. We look more energetic, more organised and more spirited than last season – especially going forward. Some of the link-up play has been breathtakingly good, while some of the other play has been breathtakingly bad; inconsistency reigns again at Elland Road.

The shame of it all is that we could easily be sitting on maximum points. Mirco Antenucci’s excellent strike should have won the game against Burnley, Reading were there for the taking last Sunday and the collapse at Ashton Gate, while predictable in hindsight, didn’t look at all likely with our seemingly impermeable defence dealing well with everything Bristol City could throw at it. Unfortunately, as farcical as it is, three disappointing draws and a cup exit brings Uwe Rosler’s position into sharp focus.

His cautious tactics have cost us points in a similar style to those of Darko Milanic last season and the fifth and sixth game proved crucial for both him and Dave Hockaday. I am of no doubt that Rosler should be given all the time he needs to get this right, to build on the positives and not dwell too much on the negatives. I doubt Massimo Cellino agrees.

A string of draws means that the next game is always crucial. Three draws and a win is a solid start, while three draws and a loss isn’t good enough. We should have confidence going into Saturday’s game. We looked better at home than on the road and this young team, with its new manager, should be learning lessons by the game. It’ll come good with patience.

Prediction: Leeds United 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Matthew Evans

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A Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday awaits the faithful at Elland Road on Saturday after a hard past week that had trips to Doncaster, Reading and the midweek game at Bristol.

The latest was a very disappointing 2-2 draw after being 2-0 ahead in the game. Where six minutes of injury time came from only the referee knows. Fingers may ‘wag’ at goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, who, in my opinion, was at fault for both Bristol goals. It was a game Leeds should have won.

Uwe Rosler, may with it being a home game give Mirco Antenucci another start after he impressed in recent games, his latest a goal-scoring appearance in the draw at Bristol.

It’s been a extremely difficult start to the season and the three points have been hard earned. I think there is a lot more to come from the squad but still feel it would benefit from a few additions before the transfer window shuts.

Against Wednesday, I’d like to see Ross Turnbull given the No1 jersey; he commands his area better than the young Italian.

Leeds will be backed by a near-25,000 fans roaring them on. Leeds will have enough to beat their South Yorkshire rivals but it will be a tight affair. It usually is against the ‘Owls’

Prediction: Leeds United 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Keith Ingham

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Saturday is a must win game, even so early in the season.

We should be on five points, comfortably in the top half. It was so disappointing to draw on Wednesday. Two strikers is a must again, and as a team we looked extremely dangerous!

Prediction: Leeds United 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

James Harrison

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Leeds United face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in another Sky TV game on the back of a disappointing result at Bristol.

Having led at Ashton Gate 2-0 with a minute of normal time to go, it was heartbreaking for players and fans alike to come away with just a point leaving the Whites undefeated in the Championship … but also without a win.

Wednesday matched Leeds’ result with Reading, lost away at Ipswich and beat Bristol City 2-0 just as Leeds ought to have done.

With 18 of the 35 Championship games played so far ending in draws, it’s hard to believe this one won’t end all square too – and without any goals.

Prediction: Leeds United 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

David Watkins

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After managing to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory, United go in search of their first win of the season with a lunchtime Yorkshire derby. We’re unbeaten and Chris Wood opened his account. A ref’ with a more accurate watch is now required.

Prediction: Leeds United 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Gary Newbould

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Three points from the opening three games. If you’d offered me that a fortnight ago I would probably have taken it yet there seems to be in the wake of Wednesday night’s draw at Bristol City a slight sense of panic.

Uwe Rosler probably showed his frustration in his interview when he blamed the fixture schedule for United’s capitulation at Ashton Gate, because he knows that, but for a couple of lapses in concentration, his team could be sitting pretty in the top six – because that’s how close we are to being a force in this ridiculously tight division.

Sometimes you get the feeling that a big result is just around the corner, and I have that feeling for this weekend.

Prediction: Leeds United 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Stephen Clark

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