With their most recent 3-1 victory over relegation threatened Everton, Fulham ended a streak of five consecutive competitive losses, dispelling any notions that they had already reached the figurative beach. Marco Silva, the team’s manager, has praised his team for their great achievement in achieving 42 points so quickly, which all but guarantees safety. With Leeds coming to town, they now aim to ruin another struggling team’s day.
Fulham’s return to Craven Cottage should give them a much-needed boost because, despite dropping their last two games here without answering, they were unbeaten in their previous four home games, the most recent of which was a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Leeds (W2, D2, L2). They have now chased their first streak of three straight victories over Leeds since their first meeting in 1920 after winning the opposite league match this year as well.
Leeds had a fairly gloomy Monday after suffering a crushing 6-1 loss to Liverpool, which was the Whites’ first-ever run of consecutive league losses with at least five goals allowed. These goals added up to an alarming total of 16 goals allowed in April, which is at least eight more than any other Premier League team allowed over the same time frame and more than they allowed between the start of 2023 and the end of March (15).
All four teams behind Leeds lost in the most recent round, giving Leeds a small reprieve, but with just seven games left and a slim two-point margin to the dreaded drop zone, Javi Gracia’s team is in for a nail biting finish to the season. In any case, Leeds’ recent two away games, in which they have allowed six goals while scoring five of their own, indicate that this might be yet another high-intensity contest as they fight for survival.
Daniel James, who is on loan and is ineligible to play here, won’t be available, thus Fulham might turn to Manor Solomon. He had a five game scoring run when he scored against Leeds in the most recent home H2H. With four goal contributions from his past six games (G3, A1), Jack Harrison, the first outfield Leeds player to reach 100 top-flight appearances for the club since 2004, may have a say.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, the leading scorer for Fulham, will serve the fourth game of an eight-game suspension this weekend and won’t be eligible for selection until May 13.
Neeskens Kebano (Achilles) and Layvin Kurzawa (Knee) are also out injured for the Cottagers, and Daniel James, who is on loan from Leeds, is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Carlos Vinicius will likely lead the line in James’ absence, while Wilson might keep his spot in front of Bobby Decordova-Reid and Manor Solomon on the right side.
Tyler Adams (thigh) and Stuart Dallas (thigh) are both still out for Leeds due to injury, and prone injury striker Patrick Bamford picked up a calf problem against Liverpool and is questionable for Saturday.
Following the last two performances, Gracia is certain to consider adjustments, notably in defense, with captain Liam Cooper, Maximilian Wober, and Luke Ayling all vying for a spot in the starting lineup.
Adam Forshaw, a midfielder for Leeds, will attempt to make his first start since December at the expense of Marc Roca or Weston McKennie, while Sinisterra, a left winger who was forced off against Liverpool with a lower leg injury, should be able to replace Wilfried Gnonto.
Fulham possible starting lineup
Leno, Tete, Ream, Tosin, Robinson, Reed, Palhinha, Wilson, Pereira, Willian, and Vinicius.
Leeds United Possible starting lineup
Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Wober, Firpo, McKennie, Roca, Harrison, Aaronson, Sinisterra, and Rodrigo.
Fulham 2-1 Leeds United according to us
Although Leeds have scored in each of their previous six games, they haven’t had any trouble finding the back of the goal recently. However, their defensive shortcomings eventually contributed to their defeat, so if they want to turn things around going into the final stretch, they cannot afford another dismal defensive performance.
However, the Whites have already battled in two matches against Fulham this season, and we think the hosts, who handled life without Mitrovic last time out admirably, will triumph once more at Craven Cottage.