YEP Jury - Only three points against Millwall will settle the nerves at Leeds United - lose, and it's panic stations

Our fans' panel look ahead to Leeds United's home clash with Millwall and give their predictions

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 4:09 pm
Updated Sunday, 26th January 2020, 4:10 pm
Marcelo Bielsa.

DAVID WATKINS

We had 20 cup finals to go and we lost the first two! But the football gods are doing their best to get us promoted anyway as most results this week went in our favour; Fulham, Forest and Sheffield Wednesday all dropping points this week and West Brom are on as poor a run as we are.

It’s a bit like travelling on the tube at the moment; the cry of “mind the gap” heard after every game! The nine-point gap we had on January 1 is now just three, although we do have a game in hand over Fulham.

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Millwall's Matt Smith.

So, who wouldn’t you fancy next? Millwall of course, those perennial party poopers from the capital! They don’t have Neil Harris or Steve Morison these days but instead they’ve acquired some form.

The Lions under Gary Rowett are one of the form teams, winning nine, drawing six and losing just two under his reign, only Forest and Brentford are currently in better nick.

Only a win for Leeds is acceptable, we have to end this poor run to restore the faith so with my heart I’m saying we’ll do it although my head is far from sure.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 0.

Patrick Bamford misses his penalty at QPR.

MATTHEW EVANS

Excitement levels at Elland Road have gone from 0-60 this week without us even playing a game thanks to the usual hype around new and potential new signings.

Ian Poveda has been given the number seven shirt which suggests he’s got an immediate future in the first-team squad while Jean-Kevin Augustin is heavily linked as our new striker.

But away from the Twitter fans tracking flights from the south of France and fans excitedly watching YouTube compilations, we’ve got a season we need to urgently get back on track after three games without scoring and four games without a win.

Millwall have been in good form and have already beaten us once this season so it’s not going to be easy on Tuesday night.

Our first XI looks tired and out of ideas and we are relying on very young and inexperienced players in reserve and on the bench. Any comeback for the likes of Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts would be much welcomed but the new signings are just as important.

If the players that have served us so well thus far can eek out a couple of home results this week then it appears reinforcements are just around the corner.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 1.

JACOB STARR

The visit of Millwall on Tuesday has the feeling of a ‘win at all costs’ about it.

No points and no goals for Leeds in the last two Championship outings has given unexpected hope to the chasing pack that all is not lost in the automatic promotion race.

The Lions top the form charts and are unbeaten in their last six on the road, which will give them loads of confidence of getting a result at Elland Road. Despite it only being the end of January, the significance of this game is extremely high and could prove to be one of the most vital this season.

The Whites cannot afford to concede the first goal like they have done in the last three league matches, coming from behind to get a point in only one of those.

Nottingham Forest travel to Brentford who sit fourth and fifth respectively, in a match where at least one of United’s rivals will drop points.

If Patrick Bamford can relocate his shooting boots then Leeds may look back on this period as a dip in form rather than a mid-season implosion.

Prediction: Leeds United 1 Millwall 1.

KEITH INGHAM

This week is probably pivotal in the search for the ‘Holy Grail’ that is Premiership football. A lot can happen in five days in football and two important occurrences happen this week – the transfer window shuts and we play a very important game om Tuesday against Millwall.

Let’s not kid ourselves the performances lately have fallen well short of what is expected of a team in second place. A leaky defence and the goals have dried up, not only from our main and only striker Patrick Bamford but the rest of the side is struggling to get the ball into the net.

Tuesday's ‘battle’ will be just that, improving Millwall have Leeds’ ‘number’ recently and themselves have high hopes of at least making the top six. They are a determined side and have winger Jed Wallace who has attracted interest from teams in the Premiership and they will hope to keep him with the transfer window about to close.

Games against them are never easy and they have already beaten us this season. The game down in London had many talking points with Gaetano Berardi wrongly sent off for a foul in the penalty area which brought about their opening goal from the penalty spot.

Something has to happen in the transfer market before Friday or I feel United will regret it for a very long time. This season for me is the ‘perfect storm’ and they will never have a better chance to get out of the division but this depleted squad isn’t strong enough to do the job until May.

A full house is expected on Tuesday and I hope the Leeds fans get behind their charges and help them get a win that could take them six points of the team in third place.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 1.

ANDY RHODES

For some, their confidence in Leeds United this season remains. For others it’s now time to do or die.

Millwall have always been one of Leeds’ trickier foes, one that never make it easy and loves to spoil the party.

This season is different for them too – they have something to play for and could yet make the play-offs.

Leeds, then, will have to be at their best to beat a side who know how to dig their heels in. The familiar Matt Smith will provide the aerial threat at set pieces, while Jed Wallace has proved a serious threat for the Lions this season.

The goal-scoring responsibility will once again rest on Patrick Bamford’s shoulders, while Marcelo Bielsa will hope his United are more creative than they were at QPR last time out.

With the club searching for a new striker, Bamford has the chance to cement his place as the club’s primary striker.

Beating Millwall on Tuesday will help settle the nerves. Lose and it will be panic stations.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 1.

MIKE GILL

The majority of fans who while away their time on social media between matches appear to be fearful and deeply depressed most of the time.

However a few green shoots seem to be appearing along with snowdrops in our muddy field.

It is looking like our objectives in the transfer window are about to be achieved and if the incoming striker is not the first choice then as long as Marcelo Bielsa recommended him then that should be good enough for anyone.

The only short-term cloud on the horizon then is the three-match absence of Kalvin Phillips, but important as he is, United have to get by.

Since Gary Rowett’s arrival at the New Den, Millwall have quickly morphed into the current form-team of the Championship.

Leeds need to put a stop to this as soon as possible and in answer to the Millwall fans’ regular chant – you’re right guys, no-one does like you!

So, let’s get back on track and have some smiles on faces all round.

Prediction: Leeds United 2 Millwall 1.