After our Carabao Cup win over Ipswich Town on Wednesday, we head to Elland Road this weekend to face Leeds United with revenge for last seasons 3-0 drubbing potentially on the cards.
Our 1-0 win in the week showed a lot of positives and it is key that we carry those over to our match against Leeds on Saturday. Leeds have been very busy in the transfer market strengthening their squad. Robin Koch from Freiburg and Rodrigo from Valencia are both excellent additions that will help Leeds stay up this season. Both players had poor starts against Liverpool but will be looking to put that right against us. We will need to play very well to get the best of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
I would make five changes to the team that beat Ipswich on Wednesday. I would bring in Hector and Bryan in defence for Odoi and Robinson. I think that Le Marchand should be given another chance in the Premier League as until we buy one, I believe he is our best left centre back. In midfield, I would bring Reed in for Decordova-Reid and move Anguissa and Lemina into slightly more advanced roles. Lastly, on the wings I would bring Cavaleiro and Kamara in for Kebano and Knockaert adding more dynamism out wide.
I think we will draw 2-2 with Mitro getting a brace.
Head To Head
- Fulham Wins – 19
- Draws – 15
- Leeds Wins – 23
- Goals Scored – 64
- Goals Conceded – 82
- Biggest Wins – Leeds 6-1 Fulham (1955/56), Fulham 5-0 Leeds (1959/60), Fulham 0-5 Leeds (1967/68)
Last 5 Games
- Leeds Utd 3-0 Fulham
- Fulham 2-1 Leeds Utd
- Fulham 2-0 Leeds Utd
- Leeds Utd 0-0 Fulham
- Fulham 1-1 Leeds Utd
Last Time Out
Leeds United 0-3 Fulham
The last time we faced Leeds United we lost 3-0 in an embarrassing performance at Elland Road. Despite Patrick Bamford scoring early on, we went into the break as the better side having had a lot of the ball and created lots of chances. Whatever Bielsa said to his players at half time worked as we ended up conceding to Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison in the second half before Neeskens Kebano got shown a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Players in Common
Micky Adams, Rod Belfitt, Michael Brown, Danny Cadamarteri, Allan Clarke, Olivier Dacourt, David Healy, Geoff Horsfield, Jim Langley, Eddie Lewis, Andy Lonergan, Ross McCormack, Terry Phelan, Matt Smith, Maik Taylor and Tony Warner.
Fulham View: Tristan Poturicic (@Serbiantennis77)
Leeds Utd 3-1 Fulham
Leeds View: Leeds United Fan Hub (@LS11LUFC)
Leeds Utd 2-0 Fulham
Former Player: Collins John (@cjohnzz)
Leeds Utd 1-2 Fulham
Battle To Watch
Robin Koch vs Aleksandar Mitrovic
Robin Koch is a 24-year-old German International who recently joined Leeds United from SC Freiburg. Koch has represented Germany three times and has played over 80 games in the Bundesliga all for Freiburg. He is a very talented defender who also has excellent passing attributes having played in midfield early on in his career. Last season Mitro had many battles with Ben White who is now back at parent club Brighton. It will be interesting to see if Mitro has the same type of battles with Koch this season and if he does hopefully they won’t result in a three-match ban like last season.