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Both Leeds United and Fulham will be looking to bounce back from disappointing results when they face each other at Elland Road on Saturday.

The hosts took an early lead in their match against high-flying Ipswich Town last weekend, but were powerless to resist as the in-form Tractor Boys eventually cruised to a 4-1 victory at Portman Road.

Things were even worse for Fulham, though, as Troy Deeney's hat-trick helped Watford to a resounding 5-0 away victory over the 10-man Cottagers.

As a result, just one point still separates the two sides in the Championship table, although they will both have an eye cast tentatively over their shoulders at those below them.

For Leeds, returning to Elland Road will be a big plus having lost just two games in front of their own fans this season, while their last home outing saw them pick up a very impressive 2-0 victory over league leaders Derby County.

No fewer than 18 of Leeds' 23 points have come at Elland Road this season, a tally that only four teams in the entire division can better.

Neil Redfearn will be particularly pleased with the recent form of Mirco Antenucci, who has scored four goals in his last four games for the club and is expected to lead the line once again this weekend.

His goals have helped to fill the void left by Ross McCormack over the summer, and the Scottish striker will return to Elland Road this weekend for the first time since his departure.

He has not quite found his Leeds form at Craven Cottage yet, though, and that has contributed to a poor first season back in the second tier for the West Londoners.

    Head-to-head

  • This is the first meeting since Fulham won 2-0 at home in the Premier League in March 2004.


  • Both sides have won four of the last nine meetings in all competitions, drawing the other one.


  • Leeds have won seven of the last nine meetings at Elland Road, drawing one and losing one. Fulham's only win there since 1966 was 1-0 in the Premier League in April 2002.



  • Leeds United


  • Leeds have won two of their last four games, after winning none of their previous eight games.


  • Leeds have won their last two home games, against Blackpool and Derby.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham lost their last game 5-0 against Watford at home on 5 December - their biggest defeat of the season.


  • Fulham won their last away game 2-1 against Brighton on 29 November - their first win in five games on the road.
























Source Barney Corkhill at SportsMole/BBCSports

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