Leeds United vs Fulham preview: Whites thirsty for three points
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The contrast between the season openers for these two sides couldn't be further apart.

For Leeds United it was an intense seven goal thriller at the home of the reigning champions. Whereas for Fulham, they suffered a lacklustre 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.

All eyes will be on Marcelo Bielsa's side, as they seemingly laid out their intentions against Liverpool last weekend.

Many have questioned whether or not Leeds can play with that level of vehemence every week, but what we have learnt about Bielsa's last two seasons is that the ferociousness is here to stay.

Fulham will travel to Elland Road in the hope of picking up at least a point against a fellow promoted outfit, but just how likely is that?

Head to head

This is the second season these two have crossed paths since Bielsa took charge in West Yorkshire - last year's EFL Championship campaign was obviously the other.

Each took a win a piece when matching up in the second division, a 2-1 victory for Fulham at Craven Cottage in December was revenged six months later at Elland Road, as Leeds won 3-0 on their way to lifting the league title.

Many moons have been and gone since these two locked horns in the topflight. However, despite many years elapsing, the story was very much the same in 2004.

Two goals from Louis Saha weren't enough to take a point when Fulham made the trip up north, but they got their own back in the reverse fixture, running out 2-0 victors in a feisty fixture.

Will Leeds retain their impressive defensive record?

Last season the Whites had the best defence in the league, only conceding 35 goals in the 46 game season.

In the run in to them lifting the trophy, Leeds flexed their defensive muscles and looked untouchable. The final eight games saw them unbeaten (seven wins, one draw) with the Peacocks letting in just four goals in contrast to the 21 they scored.

Tomorrow afternoon is a real chance for Leeds to find their first Premier League points, whilst also keeping a comfortable clean sheet.

Fulham at home away from the Cottage

Although they suffered a 3-0 defeat on the open weekend, Scott Parker had his men playing their best football away from home at the back end of last season.

The Cottagers lost just one of their six away games post lockdown.

However, that loss was at the hands of Leeds United - not a great omen.

Leeds team news

There are very few updates from Leeds' physio room this week. 

Gaetano Berardi is still out with a long-term injury and won't be back for months to come, and Adam Forshaw has begun training again - still way off being back in contention just yet.

In more positive news, captain Liam Cooper is believed to be fit and ready to play following his calf injury that kept him out of the squad last week.

Fulham team news

Just the one doubt for the visitors tomorrow.

Midfielder, Stefan Johansen could miss out with a suspected foot injury. The Norwegian is yet to feature for the London club this season, and is likely to move away before the transfer window shuts.

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