Fulham vs Leeds United Predictions and Betting
Leeds United's return to the premier league after 16 years started with an inspirational performance against the defending champions Liverpool ending in a 4-3 defeat. At the end Mohamed Salah won the game for Liverpool with a hat trick.
Fulham had a terrible start after Arsenal decimated them 3-0 at Craven Cottage last week.
After a sterling performance, Leeds United are favored to win the match at Elland Road on the 19th of September
Fulham vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Smarkets: Leeds: 60%, Fulham: 16%
Bet365: Leeds: 8/13 Fulham: 19/4
Infogol (Top rated) gives Leeds: 49%, Fulham: 26%
Fulham vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent Form
The two teams met nearly 3 months ago with Leeds winning 3-0 at Elland Road. Fulham dominated the game with 58% possession but Leeds were far more efficient in scoring
Looking at recent performances of both the teams, Leeds had enjoyed a 9-match unbeaten streak dating back to June before losing at Anfield to Liverpool. They were in imperious touch in the championship and have scored dominant victories against Charlton, Derby and Stoke scoring more than two goals on each occasion.
Fulham have had their own share of success in last year’s championship but they have the tendency of losing their way in key moments. Barring that defeat against Arsenal, Fulham had won three games out of five with a defeat against Cardiff City and a draw against Wigan.
Fulham vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting analysis: Team News and Buzz
After a troubling return to the top flight football league against Arsenal, Fulham Manager Scott Parker indicated that Fulham was still in the market for new players.
Leeds Manager Marcelo Bielsa backed his decision to make Kiko Casillas as captain against Hull after being handed an 8 match ban by the FA in february for a race related incident.
Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic might replace Aboubakar Kamara after scoring against Ipswich midweek.
Leeds Captain Liam Cooper may return for the game tomorrow after being declared fit. This would further strengthen Leeds defence.
Fulham vs Leeds United Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and Defensive Stats
Fulham is expected to go with a 4-3-3 formation and Leeds would field a 4-1-4-1 formation like they did against the Reds.
Likely Line up for Leeds (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Klich, Harrison; Bamford
Likely line up for Fulham (4-3-3):Rodak, Odoi, Ream, Hector, Bryan; Cairney, Reed, Kebano; Kamara, Mitrovic, Onomah
Fulham: Aboubakar Kamaraled the attack against Arsenal with little success. He is enjoying a 75% success in passes and is good in the air but hasn’t scored. The team just had five shots against Arsenal with only two shots on target that didn’t reach the end of the box. The attacking center Onomah has also been below par in the last three appearances without a goal or an assist. He, along with Cavaleiro and Kebano will have to create more chances with the ball on Saturday.
Patrick Bamfordwas the top scorer for Leeds last season and scored in the last game against LIverpool and also the last time these two teams met at elland road in june. Jack Harrison has been an impressive winger and a force to deal with who is impressive in creating chances and has 77% success in passes. He is accompanied by the striker. Apart from them, Klich, Helder Costa and Hernandez will have to assume responsibility on the front lines.
The Fulham have a bunch of talented defenders in Tim Ream and Hector, but they failed big time in stopping Arsenal. Tim Ream is an excellent passer with close to 95% success and 2 clears per match but fouls a lot. Hector has been decent but he has been extra aggressive that has had him face three yellows in the last six games. He has 86.2% success and two tackles per match along with three fouls in a single match against the Gunners. The likes of Bryan and Odoi will have to improve in guarding the backlines on either extreme.
The defense of Leeds also looks rock-solid with Koch leading from the front. In the last seven appearances, he has 1 tackle, 0.5 interceptions and 1 clear per game. He has also scored a goal in the same period. He will be joined by Pascal Struijk who has 88.1% success in passes and tackled on four occasions against relentless Liverpool attack along with three interceptions and 11 clears. They were also heavily supported by Dallas and Ayling because of whom the game was so close.
Leeds vs Fulham Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Even though it looks like Leeds all the way, the history between the teams say something else. There is also another factor to consider which is that it is a whole new and a bigger challenge for the teams on a big stage. The past head-to-head might give the teams a little confidence, but it is important for both teams to give it all on that day.
The two teams have played 16 matches against each other until now with Leeds winning four games whereas the London based team have 6 wins with the remaining games ending in draw. This means that this rivalry hasn’t been dominated by one team and has often been a neck-to-neck contest.
Looking at their recent meetings, Fulham have won two games with Leeds winning their most recent clash in June. Looking further back, it can be seen that there is a string of drawn games between the teams. In direct clashes, the teams have contributed to 1.94 goals per match.
Overall, all the stats, prediction and betting platforms are indicating a comfortable Leeds win. However, given the solid loss against Arsenal, Fulham is likely to defend far more aggressively. This is likely to be a low scoring game.