Leeds United v Fulham FC - MATCH THREAD - Cooper & Rodrigo in for Struijk & Hernandez
17 Sep 2020 01:00 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Leeds United v Fulham FC
Saturday 19th September 2020 15:00 | Elland Road | Live on BT Sport 1
After arriving back in the Premier League with a bang against Liverpool last weekend, this week has very much been a return to reality. Knocked out of the EFL Cup by Hull City on Wednesday night Leeds now face fellow promoted team Fulham on Saturday. Whilst the performance at Anfield impressed and won Leeds United and Marcelo lots of plaudits from supporters and pundits alike it will be points that matter this season as Leeds look to re-establish themselves in the Premier League and Saturdays game represents a good early opportunity to get three points on the board.
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has good news at Thursday’s press conference, confirming Liam Cooper should be fit to line up alongside his new central defensive partner Robin Koch. There are no new injuries concerns ahead of Saturdays match and Adam Forshaw is back in group training and will continue his rehab next week following hip surgery towards the end of last season. Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen remains a doubt for the Cottagers with a foot injury while the returning Jean Michael Seri is being assessed after lacking match fitness.
Fulham will also be looking for their first points of the season having suffered a three-nil loss to Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season. Arsenal debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed as Arsenal blew away Fulham with goals from Lacazette, dos Santos Magalhães and Aubameyang. Fulham will hope not many of their games are as tough as playing in-form Arsenal, but there were signs this could be another leaky season at the back. There was little to get excited about at the other end too, with only two shots on target, both from outside the box.
Points were shared last season with Fulham winning 2-1 at Craven Cottage whilst Marcelo Bielsa gave Scott Parker a second half schooling at Elland Road as Leeds ran out 3-0 winners back in June. Fulham had come out with intensity and aggression which had Leeds on the back foot but a cool finish from Patrick gave Leeds a one nil lead after ten minutes. The introduction of Pablo Hernandez changed the game in the second half and Leeds dominated, sealing the win thanks to goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison.
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