Fulham vs Leeds Prediction and Analysis
Fulham host Leeds in an FA Cup 1/8 final match.
This is one of the clashes at this stage of the tournament where two elite teams meet.
Which makes the match particularly attractive for the audience.
Fulham are enjoying an outstanding season .
It is currently in 6th place in the Premier League standings, above the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
A European place is the big goal for the team this season.
But their fans won't mind if their favorites qualify for Europe after winning the FA Cup.
On the other hand, Leeds are fighting for their survival in the league.
As optimism returned to the fans under new coach Javi Garcia.
In this regard, it seems to me that the Whites will have a hard time carrying two watermelons under one arm.
And it is no secret that they do not have that much depth in their composition to fight successfully on two fronts.
In this situation, the victory for Fulham seems logical.
And I think that it will be minimal, 1-0 or 2-0. Given the recent low-scoring matches of both teams.
Prediction: 1 and Under 2.5 goals.
Fulham have not been past the last 16 for over 10 years
Fulham last reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 2010.
And if we are talking about the final, the Cottagers have not reached the final match of the tournament since 1975.
When Bobby Moore played for them against his former club West Ham.
Fulham beat Hull City and Sunderland on replay to get here in the FA Cup this season.
Fulham are in good form with 8-3-2 in their last 13 games
Fulham have played very strongly in recent weeks. Having lost just two games since the World Cup break.
These losses occurred within 1 week of each other. And they were against teams that are above them - Newcastle and Tottenham.
As in both cases, the defeats were minimal - with 0-1 each.
Marco Silva's players are also showing good results at Craven Cottage this season (6-4-3 at home in the league).
Aleksandar Mitrovic is questionable
The coaching staff will be trembling until the end if they will be able to use the star of the team, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Fulham's leading goalscorer is expected to return from injury but remains a doubt for this game.
Silva is unlikely to want to take any risks with Mitrovic.
So it wouldn't be a surprise to be kept out for that game as well with a view to his return against Brentford in the league on March 6th.
Leeds hope the new coach can save them in the top flight
Leeds' campaign was for the most part miserable.
But they picked up an all-important 3 points under new manager Javi Garcia against Southampton at the weekend.
To get them out of the relegation zone.
However, this does not mean that their fight for salvation will not continue until the end of the entire 2022/23 season.
Leeds have not had much success in the FA Cup
Leeds last reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 2003. And they did not play in the final of the competition until 1973.
The Whites saw off Cardiff City on replay and Accrington Stanley to reach this fixture this season.
But prior to the aforementioned win over Southampton, they had picked up just 1 point in their previous 4 Premier League games.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Rodak; Cedric, Duffy, Adarabio, Kurzawa; Lukic, Reid; Wilson, Solomon, James; Vinicius
Injured: Kearney, Kebano
In question: Mitrovic
Lineup: Robles; Christensen, Koch, Vober, Firpo; Greenwood, Gyabi, Rocca, Somerville; Bamford, Ruther
Injured: Rodrigo, Gray, Forshaw, Dallas
In question: Sinistera, Struik
Matches between Fulham - Leeds
|VL||23/10/22||Leeds 2:3 Fulham|
|KL||21/09/21||Fulham 0:0 (5:6 d.)Leeds|
|VL||19/03/21||Fulham 1:2 Leeds|
|VL||19/09/20||Leeds 4:3 Fulham|
|ChSh||27/06/20||Leeds 3:0 Fulham|
|ChSh||21/12/19||Fulham 2:1 Leeds|