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Fulham visit Leeds ~ Match Preview Cham MD 39

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Match Preview

Leeds vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 39 at Elland Road

SWaturday 27th June 2020    KO: 15:00

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)



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Promotion-chasing rivals Leeds United and Fulham face off at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon in a huge clash at the top of the Championship.

Both teams lost on their return to action last weekend, meaning that Fulham remain seven points behind Leeds in the final automatic promotion spot.

Said Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes struck late on for Brentford to inflict a 2-0 defeat on Fulham last time out and put a major dent in their promotion hopes.

This weekend's trip to Yorkshire may just be the best possible fixture for Scott Parker, knowing that victory will close the gap to four points with seven games to go.

A draw surely will not be enough for Fulham if they are to realistically close the gap on United, but that is the way each of their last three away matches have ended.

Furthermore, the last three Championship meetings between Leeds and Fulham at Elland Road have ended as draws, with Fulham taking the lead in two of those before drawing 1-1.

The onus is on Parker's men to pick up a win against their promotion rivals. If they do so, the battle for a top-two finish will well and truly be alive.

There is no denying that Leeds have had a serious issue getting over the line in recent seasons, perhaps best epitomised in Marcelo Bielsa's maiden campaign in charge of the club.

Two wins in their last nine games of the regular season saw the Whites slip from second to third, having been well clear of the chasing pack at one point.

United then squandered a two-goal advantage in their playoff semi-final against Derby County as their promotion hopes faded in an almost comical fashion.

Despite being seven points clear of third place with eight games of 2019-20 to play, it is little wonder that Leeds supporters are not getting ahead of themselves just yet - especially on the back of last week's 2-0 loss to Cardiff, with Bielsa's men being punished for a lack of cutting edge in the final third and some sloppy decision making.

Losing to Cardiff is nothing new for United, having picked up just three wins against their bogey side in the last 25 encounters, but there is a worry that another wobble is imminent.

The momentum that was built up prior to the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, when winning five games in a row, has been completely lost in the space of one match.

Added importance has therefore been placed on Saturday's visit of Fulham, who themselves slipped up in their first match back after three months off.

Head to head

  • Leeds are winless in seven league meetings with Fulham (D5 L2) since a 3-0 away win in March 2015.


  • The last three Championship meetings between Leeds and Fulham at Elland Road have ended as draws, with Fulham taking the lead in two of those before drawing 1-1.


Fulham


  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven Championship away games, though five of these have ended level including each of the last three in a row (W2).


Leeds United


  • Each of the last five London teams to visit Elland Road for a league match have all lost – QPR (twice), Millwall (twice) and Brentford. The last London side to win away at Leeds was Millwall in January 2018.


  • Having won five consecutive league games without conceding before the enforced break, Leeds lost their first match after the restart, 0-2 at Cardiff.
























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