Middlesbrough v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury look ahead to Leeds United’s clash with Middlesbrough at the Riverside.


Age: 51

Years following United: 37

Lives: Keighley

After encouraging displays with the defence being more organised and performing better under the direction of Neil Warnock, the problem now is the goals have stopped going in. Plenty chances are being created but a little luck is needed. A visit to the Riverside for a Sunday lunchtime kick-off awaits and it is a must win game if the club is to get nearer a top-six place. New recruit Paul Robinson could start his first game, but I don’t expect many more changes.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1 Leeds 1


Age: 47

Years following United: 39

Lives: Yeadon

We visit Boro for a ludicrous midday kick-off tomorrow sitting in 10th position which our results have merited. The 13 fixtures played against teams above have yielded just seven points from 39 and with five of the top eight still to play another term in the Championship is almost guaranteed. However, despite not finding the net under Warnock the team has found a resilience and a desire to defend which has been lacking all season. United can still derail others’ promotion hopes and where better than our Teesside neighbours?

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1 Leeds United 1


Age: 21

Years following United: 15

Lives: Cottingham

Leeds enter the Boro clash on the back of another scoreless draw on the road and travel to the north east looking for their first goal and win under Neil Warnock. Performances since his arrival have been encouraging and the defence has improved but the lack of goals will worry him. Boro are in the play-off shake-up but Tony Mowbray’s men have been inconsistent in spells this campaign and Leeds will be hoping to secure three vital points in front of a TV audience.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 1


Age: 41

Years following United: 41

Lives: York

After the midweek stalemate at Hull, we head to the north east tomorrow lunchtime to take on Middlesbrough. Tony Mowbray’s men, who currently lie fourth, will present a stiff test for Neil Warnock’s charges who, despite showing a much improved attitude and organisation, still await their first goal since the new gaffer’s arrival. Another positive start and alert defending will most definitely be required for the trip to the Riverside, but Middlesbrough have been the draw specialists at home.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1 Leeds United 1


Age: 39

Years following United: 22

Lives: Shipley

Leeds travel to The Riverside knowing a win is the only result which will sustain their hopes of a push for the play-offs as the games begin to run out. A record of just two points in three games is hardly the dream start envisaged under Neil Warnock. Despite an apparent reinforcing of the defence it seems to be to the detriment of one of the most prolific attacks in the division and it is the lack of goals which is most worrying. The manager appears to have no plan b.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1 Leeds United 1

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