Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

Some fans suggest Rudy Austin needs a break or a performance.
Some fans suggest Rudy Austin needs a break or a performance.
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The YEP jury make their predictions ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday.


Well, I write this before the hope of a signing ahead of the deadline to play tomorrow.

Lots of speculation but no end product. Where have we had that before? That said I’m optimistic about January considering the proposed takeover, but frustrated as to why any transfer the Leeds United way always seems to take longer.

Last Saturday needs to be written out of the minds of the players and fans because any mistake tomorrow and nerves will set in and we become bitter once again.

This is a Yorkshire derby and we haven’t fared too well in Yorkshire clashes with the exception of Doncaster away. We are in desperate need of either reinforcement or an energy boost from the players.

It’s easy for players like Matt Smith and Danny Pugh to take the flack for our problems but it hasn’t been their fault that the ball has been lumped forward or given to Pugh at every opportunity. We are lacking a leader’s performance. Rudy Austin has been nothing short of catastrophic in the last six weeks and really does owe the fans a performance. Ross McCormack is another one. I think I broke more sweat watching him last week than he did playing. He has found it tough though because he is our only source of goals and when he doesn’t score we don’t tend to pick anything up. It’s obvious he needs help.

We need to match Wednesday in commitment, effort and enthusiasm because if we do we will win through ability, but you lose the right to win through ability without all the above three because sheer desire to win takes over.

I hope we don’t go automatically into 4-4-2 because football has evolved and so should we. 4-4-2 is archaic and is easily managed by opponents. We need someone who can get a ball and run at wing backs.

With another four months or so to go we are going to have ups and downs and we need to stick together because we are beginning to see a glimmer of hope. We haven’t had a good December and January, but we are still in the mix so can remain positive.

My message to the players would be simple: match our efforts and you won’t go far wrong, give us something to back and we will stick with you. Sheffield Wednesday are lacking in all departments and we should be too good for them. They have big defenders but they are clumsy, so we need to get at them and create issues by causing mistakes.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1, Leeds United 2.


Leeds, after three straight defeats, travel the short distance to Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday.

Without the benefit of a crystal ball it is difficult to pick a team; I’m guessing it will be the usual suspects, perhaps with a new winger or two. For me, Rudy Austin is out of form and needs a game or two on the bench. I would also like to see a return to a 4-4-2 formation with Stephen Warnock recalled, Michael Tonge alongside Alex Mowatt with Sam Byram and Gboly Ariyibi on the wings. To say we can’t play with some width I think now is an over-used excuse. I’d also like to see either Noel Hunt or Dom Poleon used alongside Ross McCormack.

We are so predictable with Matt Smith up front and he needs a stint as an impact player. I’m not the manager but there needs to be a Plan B; Plan A isn’t working.

I’m hoping for a positive reaction to one of the poorest showings in recent years.

The thousands of Leeds fans that regularly follow them deserve no less.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1, Leeds United 2.


The Owls lie twelve places and thirteen points worse off than the Whites. A reaction after the FA Cup shambles at Rochdale has been talked about. But the loyal hordes demand action not words and plenty more new year resolution if the season is to be resurrected.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 1.


After having gone five games without a win, we will be looking to return to winning ways at Hillsborough tomorrow in what will be a feisty Yorkshire derby.

We are certainly in a rut now and desperately need to get out of it and with Cameron Stewart and (hopefully) Jimmy Kebe on board we’ll have much-needed fresh blood in the squad.

Currently the Owls have Stuart Gray as caretaker manager and he has taken them out of the relegation zone. Recent performances have been totally unacceptable and I am hoping the players can show they are worthy of wearing that famous Leeds United shirt.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 1.


Predicting what Leeds United are going to do has become an impossible job as the team’s performances become as schizophrenic as the club’s fan base. We should win on paper but rarely seem to have the heart to outperform a local rival.

prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 0.


Leeds head to Hillsborough on the back of their worst run under Brian McDermott. It’s incredible how a quickly a run of games without defeat turned into a run of games without a win.

On the positive side, Cameron Stewart has now signed on loan. He will add some much needed attacking flair to the side.

If we can pull off further signings then we would have some strength in depth, giving us the ability to rotate the side, change the formation when needed and, most importantly, have a plan B on the bench; something that has been clearly lacking over the last few games.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 2.

Thomas Christiansen after Saturday's defeat to Millwall. PIC: Tony Johnson

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