Leeds United heading to third-bottom Fulham as 'underdogs' with Cottagers predicted to stay up
FULHAM are marginal favourites to condemn Leeds United to more misery in London in tonight's Premier League clash at Craven Cottage (kick-off 8pm).
Scott Parker's third-bottom Cottagers are ten points and six places below the Whites who also have a game in hand yet Fulham are a best priced 31-20 to beat Marcelo Bielsa's side.
There is not much in it as Leeds are only a best priced 43-20 and freely available at 2s whereas the draw is on offer at 12-5.
United's no 9 Patrick Bamford is also joint favourite to score first at 11-2 and only 39-20 as an any time scorer.
But the next five players in the first scorer market all represent an improving Fulham side in the shape of Bobby Decordova-Reid (11-2), Josh Maja (23-4), Aleksandar Mitrovic (13-2), Ivan Cavaleiro (15-2) and Ademola Lookman (8s).
Young Whites duo Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt are both 8-1 and next, followed by injury doubt Rodrigo at 9s and then star winger Raphinha at 10s.
No goalscorer is also 10s and thereafter Pablo Hernandez is 11s and Jack Harrison 12s, before Fulham duo Fabio Carvalho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (both 12s).
United's Tyler Roberts is also 12s, the same price as Fulham's former Whites youngster Tom Cairney who is out with a knee injury.
Josh Onomah is then 13s, the same odds as United's Helder Costa, and lower down the order Ian Poveda is 14s, Mateusz Klich 16s and Stuart Dallas 20s.
Mario Lemina (22s) and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (25s) are next from a Fulham point of view whilst United duo Gjanni Alioski and Jamie Shackleton are both 25s.
A 1-1 draw is favourite in the correct score market at 33-5 and a 1-0 win for Fulham is next at 9s, just ahead of a 1-0 Whites triumph at 10s.
The bookies also think that third-bottom Fulham will stay up as Parker's side are fourth-favourites to go down at 6-4, bigger odds than Newcastle United who are evens.
West Brom (1-100) and Sheffield United (1-200) are considered already gone and Leeds are essentially seen as safe in being 250-1 for the drop.
It's seen as one of Newcastle and Fulham plus the Blades and Baggies as Brighton are 14s, Burnley 20s, Southampton 40s, Palace 100s and Wolves 275s, just bigger than Leeds.
That, though, has not changed the viewpoint of seeing Bielsa's Whites as marginal 'underdogs' at third-bottom Fulham.
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Thank you Laura Collins