Two newly-promoted sides do battle in the Premier League at Elland Road on Saturday as Leeds United entertain Fulham.
Leeds, despite a 4-3 loss at reigning champions Liverpool last weekend, can feel confident from their performance at Anfield – putting 3 past one of the Premier League’s best defences is a positive even in defeat.
It is fair to say that Liverpool mistakes helped Leeds United’s cause – Fulham however weren’t afforded the same luxury in their opening day battle with Arsenal.
Scott Parker’s side were soundly beaten 3-0 by the Gunners, but will see this game against Leeds as a good opportunity to get some points on the board – the Cottagers have lost just once in 8 outings against the Yorkshire club.
Patrick Bamford was amongst the goals in the Whites’ loss at Anfield, so is likely to retain his place up front for Leeds, meaning Spain international Rodrigo could be forced to wait a little longer for his Premier League bow.
Good news for Marcelo Bielsa is that captain Liam Cooper is likely to return after a spell out with injury – the Argentine made 11 changes for Leeds’ midweek cup exit to Hull City.
Scott Parker could introduce new signings Alphonse Areola and Kenny Tete to the fold, with fellow new boys Ola Aina and Antonee Robinson perhaps facing a harder task to break in to the side.
Just the two injury issues for Fulham, with Jean Michael Seri and Stefan Johansen both absent.
Leeds United v Fulham at Elland Road is a 1500 kick off on Saturday, September 19th.