Leeds vs Fulham, Premier League: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

Two previous Championship rivals renew battle in the top division

Leeds v Fulham, Premier League: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
The return of Bielsa and his bucket to Elland Road Credit: GETTY IMAGES

What is it?

A clash of the newly-promoted sides, the Championship title-winners versus play-off winners. 

When is it?

This Saturday, one of four Premier League fixtures, sandwiched between Everton versus West Brom at lunchtime and Manchester United hosting Crystal Palace at teatime, followed by West Ham travelling to Arsenal for the 8pm kick-off.

What time is kick-off?

In current times, it's a lesser-spotted 3pm kick-off.

What TV channel is it on?

This one is on BT Sport 1. If you're not already a BT Sport customer, you can buy a monthly pass for £25.

What is the team news?

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is fit  and could return to take the armband after missing the defeat at Anfield.  For Fulham, Aleksandar Mitrovic could retain his starting place after his midweek goal, forcing Aboubakar Kamara to the bench.

What are Telegraph writers saying?

Midweek Carabao Cup defeat to League One side Hull aside, it was a promising start to the season in the league for Leeds with a barnstorming 4-3 defeat to champions Liverpool. Not a bad way to make your Premier League entrance for Marcelo Bielsa - 'box-office' as Oliver Brown described it in his post-match comment piece. 

Bielsa could be pensioned off in Buenos Aires by now. Instead, he is hatching a style and a system that can put even the most dominant team in England to the sword.

Leeds and Fulham conceded seven goals between them on the opening day - how their fans must be hoping for a tighter defensive showing this weekend. As Sam Dean wrote in his match report, Fulham’s problem in their last season in the Premier League was their defending, and early signs suggested further gruelling days are ahead. 

Manager Scott Parker said this afterwards:

This year we are going to lose football matches, but what we can’t afford to do is, when you go and lose two or three on the bounce - which is going to happen with us - you can’t let it cripple you.

What are the best odds?

Leeds to win: 4/7

Draw: 11/4

Fulham to win: 9/2

What is our prediction?

If Leeds continue their all-out attacking style, Fulham could be in for another tricky afternoon although the London side will have targeted this game, rather than Arsenal first up, as the more likely prospect for getting their first win of the season.

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