Danny Mills has insisted the Leeds United fans are “off the scale” and can help edge their team past Derby County in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.
A Kemar Roofe goal gave Leeds a 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Pride Park on Saturday evening and put them in pole position to qualify for the final at Wembley on 27 May.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Mills explained how the cauldron-like atmosphere of Elland Road can blown Frank Lampard’s side away when they arrive for next Wednesday’s return leg.
“Leeds are better than Derby – they finished three places ahead of them and have beaten them three times this season,” Mills said. “Over two legs I would expect them to edge it and it helps them the second leg is at home.
“The crowd is off the scale and amazing, wow, Elland Road will be intimidating for Derby and a real cauldron. It can be a hard place for Leeds to play when the fans turn against them, but it will certainly be very difficult for Derby on Wednesday night.”
Aston Villa beat West Brom 2-1 in the other semi-final at Villa Park on Saturday, with the second leg scheduled at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.
Mills is confident Leeds and Villa will both progress to face each other in the final in what would be a clash of the Championship giants at Wembley on 27 May.
“I predict a Leeds-Villa final,” Mills added to Football Insider.