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Marcelo Bielsa will want his Leeds United side to end their struggles in London when they travel to Fulham on Friday evening.
Since beating Queens Park Rangers in 2017, Leeds haven’t won in the capital in 16 attempts.
This season they’ve lost all five games in London – at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Crystal Palace. West Ham United beat them 2-0 at the London Stadium in their most recent trip.
Brentford away in February 2020 was the last time Bielsa’s team got a point from a trip to the capital.
They did hold Chelsea to a point recently at Elland Road, however.
Will Leeds’ the London hoodoo go on against Fulham?
This is their last opportunity to end their perceived capital curse this season with no more scheduled games in London.
Fulham have lost just one of their last eight home league games against Leeds though, and that was in March 2015.
The Cottagers are unbeaten in all three home games these two have faced off in the Premier League too.
With a win, Scott Parker’s side will complete their first league double over Leeds since 1985.
Of course, Fulham won the reverse fixture 4-3 at Elland Road earlier this season.
Bielsa v Parker
The Leeds manager said he can see Parker’s tactical desires within this Fulham team and said he’s earned the praise coming his way in recent weeks.
Fulham have recently turned their form around including picking up a win at Liverpool.
They’ve given themselves a fighting chance of staying up and Parker’s plaudits are deserved according to the Leeds boss.
“I think he is a manager who has earned the recognition of all of those in the Premier League,” Bielsa told the press.
“He has home through difficult moments in the Championship and the Premier League and in all or them he has managed to overcome them by imposing his style and the system that he uses is a very creative one.”
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Fulham and Leeds are familiar foes having clashed in the second-tier before both being promoted to the top-flight this season.
Parker guided his team to a playoff final win while Bielsa’s Leeds lifted the Championship title.
Bielsa has been impressed with how Fulham have imposed themselves on games at this level.
“I remember the style when we faced them in the Championship and it’s the same style. They have managed to impose it in a lot of games in the Premier League. Apart from that, they are a team that plays on an even keel in the majority of the games.
“In the games against the teams in the top six they played to impose themselves and not to avoid being beaten. They play to impose themselves.”
Fulham host Leeds on Friday evening with kick-off at 8pm.
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