Fulham have changed their goalkeeper and right-back following last week’s defeat to Arsenal. Areola and Tete both make their debuts having arrived from Ligue 1 this summer. The goalkeeper Areola joined from PSG after a spell on loan at Real Madrid and Tete, who is a product of Ajax’s famous academy, was signed from Lyon. I look forward to see how they cope in the Premier League.
Loads (1o things) to look out for this weekend …
“Afternoon Will,” Simon says. “Great to have Clockwatch back. Four fixtures in the SPFL today, the pick of them at Tannadice where, following consecutive 4-0 defeats to Kilmarnock and Rangers, Micky Mellon’s Dundee United look to get back on track against St. Mirren. Depending on other results, a win for last years Championship winners United could see them rise to fifth in the table, as only three points currently separate Ross County in fifth and Motherwell in twelfth and last place. Celtic can go top with a win against Livingston, and the other two fixtures are Kilmarnock v Hamilton and St. Johnstone v Ross County.”
Some joyous treats north of the border, too! Thanks Simon.
Team news: Leeds v Fulham
Leeds: Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Koch, Ayling; Phillips; Harrison, Hernández, Klich, Costa; Bamford.
Subs: Caprile, Alioski, Struijk, Shackleton, Roberts, Poveda, Rodrigo
Fulham: Areola; Tete, Hector, Odoi, Bryan; Anguissa, Reed; Cavaleiro, Onomah, Kamara; Mitrovic.
Subs: Rodák, Ream, Knockaert, Lemina, Cairney, Kebano, Decordova-Reid
And here is something a bit novel … football fans at a football match.
Here is the match preview to get you in the mood.
A newly-promoted side, back where they belong and playing incredibly expansive football under one of the most-lauded managers in history. Anyway, that’s enough about Scott Parker’s Fulham.
Leeds United are hosting their first Premier League game in 16 years against a side they have been looking forward to ever since they played each other last season. Elland Road will be empty, costing Rodrigo and others the chance to soak in the atmosphere of a packed stadium.
Both Leeds and Fulham lost last weekend, the former putting in a fine performance in a 4-3 defeat to champions Liverpool, while Fulham’s defence showed its shortcomings against Arsenal. Bielsa and Parker will be desperate to get off the mark today in order to kickstart their season.
Below the Premier League, there is Middlesbrough against Bournemouth, minus Neil Warnock, who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Anyway, let’s all hope for a cracking day of football across the country.
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