Leeds United travel south to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage as they look to put a run of more than three years behind them without winning a league match in London. However, the Whites will take confidence from the 4-3 win they secured over Scott Parker’s men at Elland Road on the second day of the season. There are a number of injury issues.
Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo are doubts. Bamford came off against Chelsea with a hip injury, but Marcelo Bielsa was optimistic regarding his chances of featuring against Fulham on Friday – but for Rodrigo, the muscle problem seems as though he might struggle to play. Bamford may be risked up front if Rodrigo does not travel – but one change might happen in midfield.
Gjanni Alioski was poor against Chelsea – albeit coming up against Christian Pulisic. He let the American go past him too often, proving the thorn in an otherwise comfortable Leeds defence. We need to be more sturdy and pushing Stuart Dallas back to left-back, and allowing the well-rested Mateusz Klich to come back in makes sense. Just one change, then.
Predictions – Lawrenson
Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Leeds will win 2-0 away from home, stating that failing to score in their last three games will end against the Cottagers: “Leeds haven’t won – or scored – for a little while now, three games to be exact, which is very unlike them.
“That’s why I worry for Fulham a bit here, despite Scott Parker’s side being in much better form. When these two sides met at Elland Road back in September, we were finding out what Leeds were like in the top flight. Fulham were like a different side then but they have tightened up a lot since then, but I am expecting Leeds to start firing again here.”
Speaking on the Phil Hay podcast with The Athletic, Leeds expert Hay reckons Leeds to secure all three points – but only by a narrow margin. Asked for if it will be an away win, Hay replied: “Yes”. Asked if it would be a big away win, Hay said, “No.”