Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
All eyes will be on Craven Cottage when Fulham and Leeds United face each other in the FA Cup last 32. The Cottagers aim to bounce back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Reading, but beating the Premier League side is easier said than done. Key attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic should be rested in Tuesday’s clash, with Brazil international Muniz Rodrigo pushing for a start. All Cairney, Carvalho, Kongolo, and Tete are sidelined with injuries.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in their last league match, but it has to be noted that they failed to turn their dominance into more goals. Key player Raphinha is unlikely to be risked against after picking up a knock in the draw with Newcastle, with summer signing Summerville likely to step up. Roberts and Shackleton should be recalled to the starting XI as well. Anyhow, given the attacking style of play of the two sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cairney):
Tom Cairney is a professional footballer who plays for Fulham. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as an attacking midfielder and a right midfielder as well. The left-footed player was born in Nottingham, England on 20 January, 1991 and he started his youth career at Leeds United.
In 2007 he moved to Hull City and he was named Hull’s Young Player of the Year for the 2008/2009 campaign. After making 70 league appearances for the Tigers he joined Blackburn Rovers on 1 August, 2013 on loan and on 2 January, 2014 he signed a permanent deal with the Riversiders. At the end of the 2014/2015 Championship campaign he joined Fulham.
Tom Cairney’s father is Scottish and, as a result, the Fulham footballer decided to represent Scotland on the international stage. Cairney has 2 caps for Scotland U-21 and he made 6 appearances for Scotland U-21 team. It has to be noted that he suffered a serious injury in August 2012. The injury forced him to be out of contention for over three months.
Highlighted Team (Leeds United):
Leeds United is one of the clubs that won the FA Cup. The Whites outplayed Arsenal in the final of the prestigious competition back in 1972, but they clinched the League Cup trophy as well. Leeds United faced the Gunners in the 1967/1968 League Cup final and it has to be noted that Terry Cooper scored the winner for the Whites.
Leeds play their home games at Elland Road and the capacity of the stadium is 37,914. The club was founded in 1919 and they have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies ever since (1968/1969, 1973/1974, 1991/1992). Leeds United made it to the Champions League final in 1975, but they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the title clash.
The Whites were impressive under David O’Leary. The likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Ian Harte were part of the Elland Road outfit back then and they did well to reach the semis of the Champions League in 2001.