Leeds United gear up for Fulham clash amid 'very, very dangerous' warning from Sky Sports pundit
Fulham will be “very, very dangerous” to Leeds United because they are safely in mid-table and can play with freedom, according to Danny Mills.
Marco Silva’s men were on a miserable run of five straight defeats in all competitions before they beat the Whites’ relegation rivals Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park last weekend (15 April).
Javi Gracia badly needs a response after back-to-back home collapses against Crystal Palace and Liverpool, but former Whites defender Mills believes the trip to Craven Cottage on Saturday (22 April) could be perilous.
“Fulham are in that sort of mid-table obscurity position where that can be very, very dangerous because they can play with a freedom.
“No pressure, they can go out, they can express themselves with that freedom, and that can make them very, very dangerous. There is a point where sometimes it can go the other way and if you get a goal up…
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“Leicester’s the key game, that’s absolutely crucial, and Bournemouth.”
Leeds United simply can’t play with the sort of fear or defeatism that has afflicted the past two games because time is running out.
Prior to conceding 11 goals in just over a game and a half fortunes were looking positive so evidently the situation can take a turn at lightning speed.
It is far less simple to produce a positive switch and then it is for a negative one to take hold, but that is what this side has to do by writing off the pair of losses as bad days at the office and putting everything into upsetting Fulham in the capital.
It isn’t particularly encouraging that prior to the Everton win last week the last time Silva’s side were victorious was, that’s right, at home to Leeds United.
The 2-0 FA Cup defeat on 28 February was characterised by its misfortune from a Whites perspective, as the visitors had 16 shots, two goals disallowed, and were downed by two long-range strikes.
Gracia needs to get something of the same kind of performance this weekend, if not the luck, to get things back on track ahead of the next pair of crucial relegation six-pointers.
In other Leeds United news, an important Whites ace is being targeted by a league rival amid the threat of an Elland Road fire-sale.