How the bookmakers now rate Leeds United's survival chances with grim forecast for Fulham

LEEDS United are odds-on across the board to record their first victory back in the Premier League at home to Fulham with Aleksandar Mitrovic not surprisingly rated chief Cottagers threat.

By Lee Sobot
Saturday, 19th September 2020, 5:50 am

The Whites are no bigger than 4-6 to take their first three-point haul of the new season in this afternoon's 3pm kick-off with the draw on offer at 31-10 and a Cottagers victory available at 5s.

A repeat of the 3-0 triumph that United recorded against Scott Parker's side in the Championship back in June is on offer at 12-1 with a 1-0 Whites win marginal favourite in the correct score market at 13-2, followed by a 2-0 Leeds success and 1-1 draw which are both 7s.

But Fulham's reliance on Serbian international striker Mitrovic is very apparent from the first goalscorer market with Leeds responsible for nine of the first ten in the betting.

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BRIGHT FORECAST: For Leeds United after their opening weekend display at Liverpool with the Whites pictured celebrating Mateusz's Klich's strike. Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images.

Whites no 9 Patrick Bamford is 9-2 joint-favourite with record signing Rodrigo but with Bamford making far more appeal considering that Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa has already said Rodrigo will not be starting.

Pablo Hernandez is next at 13-2, followed by last season's Championship top scorer Mitrovic who is 7-1 to net first and 23-10 as an any time scorer.

In the first scorer market, Tyler Roberts is next at 13-2, followed by Jack Harrison who is decent odds at 9s and the same price as Mateusz Klich and Helder Costa.

No goalscorer is 10s with Ian Poveda next at 11s before the next Fulham player finally appears on the list in Aboubakar Kamara at 11s.

CLEAR MAIN THREAT: Fulham striker and last season's Championship top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic. Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images.

As far as Cottagers players are concerned, Neeskens Kebano is 14s to score first with Anthony Knockaert 16s, Ivan Cavaleiro 18s and former Whites youngster Tom Cairney 20s, the same price as team-mate Josh Onomah.

But the bookmakers are very much envisaging a Whites victory and, at this stage, Leeds to comfortably stay up and Fulham to go down.

On the back of their opening day 3-0 loss at home to Arsenal, Fulham are rated the division's side most likely to go down with the Cottagers even money favourites for the drop, followed by West Brom (11-10) and Aston Villa (9-4).

Burnley are next at 10-3 with Sheffield United sliding down the order and rated as one of the next most likely at 7-2 and the same price as Crystal Palace and Brighton.

Newcastle United and West Ham are then both 4s for the drop with Leeds tenth in that particular market and 9-2 to go down.

There is then a big jump to Southampton at 9s and a huge leap to Everton at 75s but Leeds, according to the layers, will be fine with the Whites only 15-8 for a top-half finish.

Yet the first port of call is staying in the division and one look at the market tells you all you need to know about the importance of bagging all three points at Elland Road this afternoon.

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Thank you Laura Collins