Leeds United will be looking to bounce back to winning momentum when they host Fulham in an empty Elland Road on Saturday. The Whites are coming on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City in their last game and securing all three points in this fixture could be crucial as they look to regain their place at the top of the Championship table, at the expense of West Bromwich Albion.
Predicted Leeds United Lineup Vs Fulham
Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to make any changes to the defensive unit despite a disastrous display against Cardiff City. Ben White, in particular, will be keen on finding his feet alongside Liam Cooper at the heart of Leeds United’s four-man backline. These two need to provide more composure if the Whites are to sustain a good build-up phase.
Luke Ayling had been substituted in the last game but is more than likely to retain his place at right-back. Stuart Dallas is also a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank as his versatility often becomes useful late in the game.
And finally, in goal, Bielsa has no option but to persist with Illan Meslier, with Kiko Casilla out suspended. The Frenchman conceded two disappointing goals in the last game and should be keen on preserving a clean sheet this time out.
Kalvin Phillips is the undisputed starter in the holding midfield role despite a sub-par performance against Cardiff City. His ball-distribution and tactical awareness could be critical as Leeds United look to gain the upper hand in central midfield.
Phillips will be supported by the ever-present figure of Mateusz Klich, who could operate in a deeper role to provide more stability in the middle of the park. However, in the advanced midfield slot, Bielsa has a decision to make, following the return of Pablo Hernandez.
After missing the last game through injury, the Spaniard has returned to training and should be available to feature against Fulham. However, we expect Bielsa to persist with Tyler Roberts, who had been one of the better performers for Leeds in the last game.
With Tyler operating as the number ten, Bielsa could shuffle things out wide, bringing in Ian Poveda, at the expense of Helder Costa at left-wing. Unlike the Portuguese forward, the young Manchester City winger has a lot of flair, and his unpredictability should ultimately aid Leeds.
Elsewhere, Jack Harrison should retain his place on the opposite flank while Patrick Bamford should lead the Leeds United attack. The ex-Chelsea starlet is the only option available, with Jean-Kevin Augustin out injured.