Leeds United: Whites name unchanged line-up

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Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn named an unchanged side for this afternoon’s home clash with Fulham at Elland Road.

Redfearn elected to give a second chance to the side who started last weekend’s game at Portman Road, with the only change coming on the bench where Casper Sloth took his place ahead of young midfielder Chris Dawson.

Just before kick-off, Leeds mad a late change to their bench, with Dawson coming for Rudy Austin.

Giuseppe Bellusci, whose partner gave birth to a baby daughter this week, was again missing for United with a hamstring strain.

Ex-United captain Ross McCormack lined up for Fulham on his first return to Elland Road since his £11m transfer in July.

The Scot skippered the Cottagers side, without the services of former England midfielder Scott Parker.

Kit Symons made three changes from the side humiliated 5-0 at home by Watford last week, the fourth time this season they have shipped five goals in a league game.

Fulham, whose tally of 27 goals against is the worst in terms of away goals conceded in the entire Football League, gave starts to Gabor Kiraly, Shaun Hutchinson and Emerson Hyndman.

Dan Burn was demoted to the bench, with keeper Marcus Bettinelli suspended after being dismissed against the Hornets last week, with ex-Crystal Palace custodian Kiraly coming in.

Fulham have won just twice on the road this season, inncluding at Brighton in their last away game on November 29.

United are seeking their third home victory on the trot after wins against Derby County and Blackpool under the full-time stewardship of Redfearn.

United: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Pearce, Warnock, Mowatt, Cook, Bianchi, Adryan, Antenucci, Doukara. Substitutes: S Taylor, Dawson, Berardi, Tonge, Sloth, Del Fabro.

Fulham: Kiraly, Stafylidis, Bodurov, Hyndman, Grimmer, Hutchinson, Fofana, Christensen, Ruiz, Rodallega, McCormack. Substitutes: Zverotic, Roberts, Woodrow, Williams, Kavanagh, Burn, Rodak.

Today’s referee is Scott Duncan.