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18-year-old starts: The predicted Fulham XI to face Leeds tomorrow

Football League World logo Football League World 20/09/2021 Ned Holmes
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Fulham welcome Leeds United to west London on Tuesday evening as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Reading and earn a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. 

After looking a cut above in the opening few weeks of the Championship season, the Cottagers have come unstuck a little since the international break – losing two of their last three games.

The arrival of Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites looks likely to provide Fulham with a tough test but victory could give them a huge boost in confidence and help them put an end to their recent wobble.

With that in mind, can expect to see Marco Silva make a few changes to his starting XI for tomorrow’s game while ensuring that it still contains enough quality to get past Leeds.

Here is our predicted line up for Tuesday night’s clash…

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Summer signing Paolo Gazzaniga has been Silva’s first choice goalkeeper this season but Marek Rodak got the nod in the EFL Cup tie against Birmingham City a few weeks ago and looks likely to feature once again.

The Fulham boss has some quality options at centre-back, so you’d imagine it is an area where making changes won’t reduce the strength of his team too much.

Michael Hector and Alfie Mawson have mostly been restricted to the bench this term but could both start tomorrow evening, with Joe Bryan on the left and Dennis Odoi at right-back.

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Shifting to a 4-3-3 helped Fulham take all three points against Birmingham in midweek and it would be no surprise to see them do the same against Leeds to shore things up centrally.

Harrison Reed is a doubt, so a midfield trio of Josh Onomah, Tyrese Francois, and Domingos Quina could make sense if Silva is keen to change things up.

This game may well have been earmarked as a chance for Rodrigo Muniz to make his first start but the summer signing picked up a knock on the weekend and you’d imagine Silva won’t want to risk him, meaning 18-year-old Jay Stansfield may be called upon if Aleksander Mitrovic is rested.

The teenager scored in the last round of the EFL Cup and could be joined by the likes of Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Neeskens Kebano with Fabio Carvalho still missing due to injury.

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