Fulham vs Leeds Preview & EPL Game Betting Tips: Away-Day Woes

WillianIt is back to Craven Cottage for Fulham on Saturday (12.30pm). Following a timely road win last weekend, they will host a struggling Leeds side. Can they record another success? Or will the visitors pick up some much-needed points? This FFC vs LUFC preview with its betting tips aims to find out.

Things had started to turn a little bit sour for Marco Silva’s Fulham, who went into Saturday’s clash with Everton off the back of losing five games on the spin in all competitions. Such a run had seen them drop away from the top-four race. It was starting to look as if a push for European football of any kind was going to be too much for the West Londoners to handle. However, they bounced back in timely fashion at Goodison Park, winning and scoring three goals in the process. It is a success that should allow them to come into this fixture in confident mood.

In stark contrast, the visitors will go to Craven Cottage in glum mood following their hammering by Liverpool on Monday night. Once again, we saw a Leeds team that cannot keep things tight at the back as they conceded no fewer than six goals on their way to recording a second straight home defeat. For the second home game in a row, they also conceded a glut of goals. If they do not tighten up soon, they’ll be in the bottom three, a position that they are just two points clear of.

Hosts still a decent side

Fulham did go off the boil for a while, but they are still a very useful side. Sure, they lost two home games on the bounce, but they were slightly unfortunate to come unstuck against West Ham last time out at Craven Cottage. Let’s face it, they were far from outplayed on that occasion and as they ended the game having had 77% of the possession, a draw would have been deserved. They can of course be forgiven for losing to the Premier League leaders before that.

In general, Silva’s men have performed well at home since the turn of the year. At the very least, they are not easy to face, as Leeds found out when visiting Craven Cottage in late February.

Away day woes for Leeds

We all know that the visitors come into this fixture in appalling form, so much so that many people are now tipping the Whites to return to the Championship. As has been the case ever since the stepped back up to the big time, Leeds are simply too open at the back. Multiple coaches have now tried, though it appears that Leeds lack the personnel to keep things tight. On the road, they have been giving an awful lot away recently. They have not kept a travelling clean sheet since December. They have conceded six goals in their last two away games too. Only three teams in the Premier League have conceded more away goals than Leeds this season.

Unfortunately, on the road their problems are not only of a defensive nature. Far too often does this Leeds side struggle to make its mark in the final third. The side now managed by Javi Gracia has failed to score in three of their last five on the road, as well as in four of their last seven.

Cottagers looking for a hat-trick

This will be the third time that the pair have faced off this season. In the reverse EPL fixture, Fulham came out on top of what was quite a thrilling game, winning by three goals to two, thanks largely to second half goals from Bobby Reid and Willian. The Cottagers followed up by beating Leeds for a second time when the pair faced each other at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup in February.

The hosts now chase a hat-trick of wins in this fixture, though the visitors may fancy their chances having won here last season, while they have won three of the last six renewals of this fixture. Fulham have only picked up two wins during that time. Interestingly, both teams have scored in each of the last three Premier League renewals of this fixture, while three or more goals have been scored in each of those three games too.

Cottagers can get the job done

With 13/10 available from a trio of our trusted online bookmakers in the early betting, Fulham are hard to avoid. They have beaten Leeds twice this season and were relatively convincing in doing so at this venue less than two months ago.

It is not just that Fulham have beaten Leeds twice, far from it. The visitors could not have looked more all over the place in their last two games, while nothing about their recent efforts on the road suggest that they have got a good chance of going to Craven Cottage and keeping things tight. Frankly, the hosts could be shorter, and come kick off, they probably will be.

What the hosts also have over the visitors is a greater consistency of strong offensive performers. The likes of Willian, Manor Solomon and Andreas Pereira have all impressed. The visitors appear to have far fewer options, as well as fewer regular performers in terms of both goals and assists.

The hosts will be without Aleksandar Mitrovic, who continues to serve his rather lengthy eight-game ban. The way they clinically took Everton apart last weekend suggests that they have got more than enough in the tank to take care of a Leeds team that simply cannot shut up shop.