Leeds take on Fulham this Saturday with both sides looking to win in order to ease themselves away from the relegation zone. The two teams are separated by just one point and two places with the home team in 16th, five points above the relegation zone and Fulham in 18th, four points ahead of the drop.
Leeds have won their last two home games against Blackpool and high flying Derby County. These two recent home wins have come after failing to win any of their previous eight games. Team news is that powerhouse midfielder Rodolph Austin will be looking to start having recently come on as a substitute in those two recent home victories. Giuseppe Bellusci will be subject to a late fitness test after missing out last week’s loss against Ipswich Town.
Silvestri, Byram, Pearce, Cooper, Warnock, Cook, Bianchi, Mowatt, Adryan, Antenucci, Doukara.
S Taylor, Berardi, Del Fabro, Tonge, Austin, Sloth, Sharp.
Fulham are having a resurgence under new manager Kit Symons after a dreadful start to the season. However, their recent form is very inconsistent, much like their Yorkshire opponents. Their record signing Ross McCormack will no doubt be relishing a return to his old stomping ground where he will try to prove he is at least worth some of the £11m Fulham paid for him. Striker Matt Smith will also return to Elland Road for the first time as a Fulham player. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli will be suspended after being sent off during last Friday’s 5-0 thrashing against Watford which means the tracksuit wearing Hungarian Gabor Kiraly will start in goal.
This will be the first time the two sides have met since Fulham won 2-0 at Craven Cottage in a 2004 Premier League match. How times change…
This will be an close game but Leeds should be able to keep their good run of home form going.