By Saikat Mandal

21st Oct, 2022 | 7:10pm

Chris Sutton predicts outcome of Leeds United clash v Fulham

Leeds United will welcome Fulham at Elland Road on Saturday (23 October) and Chris Sutton has backed the home side to win this tie.

The popular pundit wrote on BBC Sport that he expects the Whites to bounce back from their defeat against Leicester City as they find themselves in an uncomfortable position.

He has predicted a 2-1 win for the home side, despite the fact, the Whites have not picked up a win since August.

“Leeds were absolutely awful against Leicester on Thursday,” said Sutton to BBC Sport.

“After watching them tear into Arsenal on Sunday, I thought they would get at the Foxes, but in the end they barely laid a glove on them and I was made to look pretty foolish for saying they would win 4-1.

“Surely things will be different against Fulham, back at Elland Road, though? They need to be, because the Leeds fans made their feelings clear to Jesse Marsch at the end of the Leicester game, and he has taken only two points from his past seven games.

“Fulham will have a say too, of course, and they will be lively with Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the line for them.

“But I am banking on Leeds playing like they did against Arsenal or in the first half against Crystal Palace, getting their intensity back and finding a way to win.

“If they don’t, then the pressure on Marsch is going to build.”

Must win

The Whites are badly struggling at the moment. They have not picked up a win in their last seven games, picking up only two points.

The pressure will mount on Jesse Marsch if the results do not improve. They need to win games.

The defeat against Leicester was really shocking. Up until this point, it felt like the results will come as the performance was of an acceptable standard.

However, against the Foxes, that was not the case. Leeds were awful against a struggling side.

Fulham are heading into this tie on the back of a 3-0 win against Aston Villa, and they will be eyeing back-to-back wins.

The Whites were brilliant against Arsenal despite the defeat, and if they can replicate the performance at home, there’s no reason why they can’t pick up all three points.

The pressure is building on Marsch, but the Whites should start as favourites at Elland Road.

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