By Joe Ellis

22nd Oct, 2022 | 7:10am

Mark Lawrenson bemoans Leeds United lack of guile in Fulham prediction

Leeds United will be desperate to end their poor run of results when they welcome Marco Silva’s Fulham to Elland Road on Sunday (23 October).

The Whites were unsuccessful away at Leicester City on Thursday (20 October) while their weekend opponents comfortably beat Aston Villa 3-0 on the same night in Steven Gerrard’s last game in charge.

Jesse Marsch is beginning to come under pressure in the hot seat with seven winless games now in a row but Mark Lawrenson is backing them to stop the rot against the Cottagers.

“Fulham had a great win during the week but Leeds worry me a little bit,” Lawrenson said to Paddy Power. “I’m not convinced by Jesse Marsh. I think he talks a good game but they’ve just not really got that guile about them.

“Yes, they work hard, they stop you playing, but I don’t see too much creativity. That said, I’m not convinced about Fulham away from home as of yet. Leeds 2-1 Fulham.”

No excuses

For some of the past seven matches, Marsch and Leeds United have had genuine excuses for their poor results when they haven’t played all that badly but that has to stop immediately.

Fulham are fully there for the taking on Sunday and Marsch has to set his team up to attack them where they are at their weakest.

With Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Harrison Reed likely to patrol the midfield, they won’t have many problems when they get on the ball so the Whites have to take the game away from the middle of the park.

The potential lack of a right-back should be where Leeds target with Bobby Decordova-Reid, a natural striker, forced to play as a makeshift full-back against Villa.

Jack Harrison will have a field day against the Jamaican as will Luis Sinisterra if they choose to swap wings but that will all be pointless if the strikers can’t finish their dinners.

In other Leeds United news, the away support at Leicester were chanting in favour of Marcelo Bielsa but Marsch insists that does not faze him one bit.