MK Dons v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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What a difference seven days can make!

This time last week Leeds fans were looking forward to two home games on the back of an excellent win at Derby which had extended their unbeaten start to the season.

Jordan Botaka

Jordan Botaka

Now, after collecting one point from six and having seen the departure of Adam Pearson, the club seems to be on the verge of another period of instability.

However, we, as supporters need to just take a moment to reflect before we enter into panic mode.

But for a couple of goalkeeping errors, Leeds could be at least four points better off.

And that is enough to put them right in the thick of the promotion race.

The margins in this league are wafer thin, and, despite the paucity of the performances against Ipswich and Brentford, we were not too far off against two sides who were in the play-offs last season.

A tricky visit to MK Dons is next on the agenda for Uwe Rosler’s men.

But it seems clear that this Leeds United team is set up to perform away from home when the pressure is not on them to set the pace.

Away from home they can also bank on the support of the fans, something that is not guaranteed at Elland Road where patience can wear away a lot quicker. I would expect Rosler to revert back to the 4-3-3 formation. And we may well see a debut for Jordan Botaka as Leeds look for some invention to match their other on-field endeavours. I feel as confident as ever that Uwe Rosler knows what is needed for this side to succeed, and an away win will see the belief return to the fans as well.

Prediction: MK Dons 1 Leeds United 2.

Stephen Clark

When the whistle blew after the win at Derby County, most of the fans who witnessed it, either in the ground or watching on TV, thought that the decent start to the 2015/16 season was proof the club – just maybe – had turned the corner.

A few weeks later nothing could be further from the truth !. One point from two home games and fewer shots on the opposition goal than I have fingers on one hand.

That simply isn’t good enough for the people who pay good money to watch them.

On top of the recent disappointing home performances is the resignation of Adam Pearson, who, in my opinion, was the most important signing made in the summer.

I’ve read his explanation and it’s unfortunate he’s decided to leave the club. He was the ‘cushion’ needed between the owner and the head coach and without him I feel Uwe Rosler is now only couple of defeats away from going the same way as others before him.

The team seems a shadow of the one that played so well against Derby and I have yet to see the ‘heavy metal’ promised by Rosler. Yes it’s still early but the players need to show it where it matters – on the field.

There was so much positivity before the international break but I fear another defeat on Saturday.

Prediction: MK Dons 2 Leeds United 1.

Keith Ingham

Tuesday night was really poor but we have a great chance to put the wrongs right tomorrow. Byram may be back in on the wing replacing Antenucci with Wood playing up front on his own. Hopefully Lewis Cook will be more central!

Prediction: MK Dons 0 Leeds United 2.

James Harrison

A hugely disappointing Tuesday night sets a pretty depressing backdrop for Saturday’s trip to Milton Keynes.

United barely got near Ipswich and although the visitors looked very limited they dealt with it with relative ease in a classic away performance.

One of the more more disappointing aspects of the defeat was the sheer lack of passion and urgency on show from the team.

Changes must be made for Saturday. Lewis Cook has to play centrally and a forward line that poses a threat to the opposition goal would be a good start.

I have faith that Uwe Rosler will get the right kind of response from his players.

Prediction: MK Dons 0 Leeds United 3.

Matthew Evans

Milton Keynes is never an easy place to go, and Saturday’s trip will have extra pressure after Tuesday’s disappointing defeat.

We need someone – Lewis Cook? – to take control of the midfield.

Prediction: MK Dons 1 Leeds United 2.

David Watkins

On Tuesday evening I left Elland Road disappointed at a first defeat of the season.

By the time I got back to my car I was devastated when I heard that Adam Pearson had departed.

United travel to Stadium MK desperate to put all this behind them and register a second win of the season.

After last season’s promotion Karl Robinson’s men have made a reasonable start and lie just one point and two places behind the Whites.

With the steadying influence of Adam Pearson now gone from Elland Road and a trip to high-flying Middlesbrough coming up this is one game in the calendar that United and coach Uwe Rosler just can’t afford to lose.

Prediction: MK Dons 1 Leeds United 1.

Gary Newbould

Thomas Christiansen directs his players from the sidelines at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon. 
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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