The EFL Cup returns this week with round No. 3 kicking off on Tuesday night. Fulham host Leeds United in the third round at Craven Cottage in a Championship versus Premier League match. Leeds United have won just once in six matches in all competitions this season. Their only victory came in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Now, Marcelo Bielsa is aiming to keep the team’s cup form going with a win on Tuesday away in west London.

Fulham vs Leeds Match Preview

Fulham go into the match on Tuesday night in hot and cold form. Two of their last three Championship matches ended in losses. Still, Fulham are second in the Championship standings. They have played nine games this season with six wins, one draw, and two losses. Marco Silva will hope the side can get their form back under control with a victory over Leeds United.

These teams played twice last season in the Premier League with Leeds United winning both games by a combined score of 6-4. Fulham are winless in three straight matches against Leeds United in all competitions. Despite Leeds United’s form against Fulham, these teams are quite evenly matched on the pitch. Can Leeds United jumpstart their season or will Fulham keep their EFL Cup run going?

Fulham vs Leeds United Betting Odds

 

 

The last time these teams met at Craven Cottage, Leeds United won 2-1. Patrick Bamford and Raphinha scored on either side of a Joachim Andersen goal for Fulham. Four straight matches in all competitions between these teams ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Leeds United’s defence has been abysmal this season conceding 12 goals in six games in all competitions. They have allowed the third-most goals in the Premier League.

 

Fulham have conceded just seven times, but scored 20 goals in all competitions. They average 2.22 goals per game. If Marco Silva deploys a strong side, then goals could be scored on Tuesday night in west London. Five of Fulham’s nine goals this season ended with over 2.5 goals scored.

The home team, Fulham, are at the best betting odds of 17/10 to win at full-time against Leeds United. Fulham have posted a home record of 2W-1D-1L in all competitions with seven goals scored and three allowed. In the second round of the Carabao Cup, Fulham claimed a 2-0 win over fellow Championship club Birmingham City.

Leeds United are at the best betting odds of 8/5 to win at full-time. Leeds United have an away record of 0W-2D-1L in all competitions this season. They are –4 in goals scored on the road.

Fulham vs Leeds United Team News

Bielsa is likely to rotate the side, but still play a strong enough squad. Leeds United are not the deepest team in the Premier League. In the Premier, League, Bielsa has used 19 players across five matches. One player who could play is defender Pascal Struijk.

The defender was suspended after a red card sending off on matchday 4 of the Premier League season. He is ruled out of Premier League games until October, but could play in the EFL Cup against Fulham.

In the second round against Crewe, Bielsa played the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Jack Harrison, and Patrick Bamford. He risks wearing out the team by continuing to play these key stars. Adam Foreshaw is a doubt due to injury. Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are ruled out through injury. Harrison is unavailable after a positive COVID-19 test. Luke Ayling and Raphinha are both doubts to play.

Silva could have Fabio Carvalho and Terence Kongolo back from injury. Kenny Tete is also in line to return from an injury. Tom Cairney is ruled out until October and will not play. Fulham are led in goals by Aleksandar Mitrovic with six goals this season. Harry Wilson has added three goals and two assists. 

Fulham vs Leeds United H2H

Leeds United have won three straight games in all competitions against Fulham. Two of those games came last season in the Premier League. The Cottagers were relegated at the end of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign while Leeds United retained their top flight status.

Four straight games in all competitions between Fulham and Leeds United finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Three of the last four games between these sides finished with both sides scoring goals. Leeds United have outscored Fulham 10-6 over the course of the last four fixtures.

Fulham vs Leeds United Prediction

Halftime result: Draw @ 11/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Four of the last nine games between Fulham and Leeds United saw the first half end as a draw. Four of Leeds United’s six games in all competitions this season were draws at halftime. Our betting tips prediction is for the trend to continue for Leeds United as they draw with Fulham at the end of the first half. The opening 45 minutes could be quite close.

 

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Four straight games between Fulham and Leeds United have finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Five of the last nine Fulham games in all competitions ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Four of Leeds United six games this season in all tournaments ended with over 2.5 goals. Our betting tips prediction is for goals to be scored. Fulham have tallied 20 goals in nine games. They are a free-scoring team.

 

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Leeds United’s winning streak against Fulham should end on Tuesday night. Bielsa needs to forgo the Carabao Cup and focus on the team retaining their Premier League status. Leeds United are 17th in the Premier League with three points from 15 possible. They are not playing well and Fulham can certainly take advantage of the Whites’ form.

 

Leeds United’s only win this season in six games in all competitions came against Crewe in the Carabao Cup second round. Fulham are a stronger side and Leeds United should struggle in west London. Fulham should qualify for the next round of the Carabao Cup.