Cooper To Make A Return, Bamford Leads The Line | 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Fulham

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Leeds United’s winning run of seven games came to an unexpected end as they gave away a three-goal lead to draw against Cardiff City. Nevertheless, the Whites are still ten points clear of the third spot, and they will look to consolidate their grasp on the second spot when they take on Fulham this weekend at Craven Cottage.

The Lilywhites are going through a bad run of form as they have lost their last three games. Even though the Cottagers would be at home and their side are filled with Premier League quality players, this is probably the best time to play them. United would look to get back to winning ways as they travel to the capital.

Team News: Adam Forshaw is going to miss out due to injury, and there is no return date for his comeback. Jamie Shackleton has also struggled with hamstring issues, and he too remains a doubt for this encounter. Liam Cooper wasn’t a hundred percent, so Bielsa didn’t risk him against Cardiff City. However, the captain is closing in on a return.

Leeds United predicted lineup vs Fulham

Formation (4-1-4-1)

Defence

Kiko Casilla was at fault for Cardiff’s first goal which triggered a comeback. He will look to make amends in this tie, and the Spaniard will start in goal. Liam Cooper’s aerial domination has been missed, and we expect him to recover and feature in the lineup in the centre back role.

Ben White will likely partner him in defence. Luke Ayling is expected to start as the right-back. Ezgjan Alioski has put in some impressive cameos off late, but Bielsa will likely persist with Stuart Dallas at left-back.

Midfield

Kalvin Phillips will play in his typical defensive midfield role for the Whites. Mateusz Klich’s energy and pressing are often crucial for Bielsa, and he will be in his usual central midfield role. Pablo Hernandez will likely occupy the attacking midfield role, and the Spaniard continues to be an influential player for his side even at this age. Helder Costa is seemingly getting better with every game, and he will begin on the right flank. Jack Harrison has become more consistent this season, and he will keep his place on the left-wing.

Attack

Eddie Nketiah’s introduction against the Bluebirds was seen as a turning point as he wasn’t able to hold up play well like Patrick Bamford and United struggled to get out when they were under pressure. Bamford has firmly established himself as the no. 1 striker in the last few weeks, and he is set to lead the line again.

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