After the game on Saturday, the entire staff at Through It All Together resigned. No, they all decided to become Manchester United fans. No, they all went out for metaphorical drinks together (we live all around the world) and lamented the loss and decided to never write an article again. No, as much as Saturday was difficult, we all stuck around, and we'll all be here through it all together, forcing a smile and cheering on our club, much like you, the Leeds United fanbase.
That said, we don't have quite as much excitement for this game as we did for the FA Cup, and I'm sure you don't either. Leeds stands at 17th in the table after 31 games, with 8 wins, 13 draws, and 10 losses. Fulham stands at 18th in the table after 32 games, with 8 wins, 11 draws, and 13 losses. Based solely on that, you'd think it a fairly even, lackluster matchup at Elland Road.
Leeds however have lost two of their last three and Fulham has won two of their last three, trouncing both Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers with three goals in each. Their offense is clicking, with Moussa Dembele and ex-Leeds man Ross McCormack leading the way, but their defense is porous, and manager Slavisa Jokanovic will do his best to put together a team to keep the mighty Leeds attack at bay. #sarcasm
The Whites will be missing arguably their man of the month, Giuseppe Bellusci, due to yellow card accumulation, but there's a chance Gaetano Berardi will be back from injury, after playing with the U-21 yesterday. Will Steve Evans start some of the youth in this short-week, post-FA-Cup exit fixture? I'd hope so, I'd love to see Lewie Coyle and Lee Erwin get some time as starters, but it seems doubtful Evans will mix things up from the rampant success of the last month. #sarcasm
Sorry for the #sarcasm. Fulham is on short rest too, so it's not like it's an impossible mountain to climb to beat an 18th place club at home. It's just a rough time in Massimo Cellino's world. Here's hoping the squad turns things around starting today at Elland Road against a tough Fulham attack.
Leeds United v. Fulham
Football League Championship
Elland Road, Leeds
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT
Leeds United's updated lineup
Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Bamba, Taylor, Adeyemi, Diagouraga, Cook, Mowatt, Doukara, Antenucci
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Wootton, Berardi, Botaka, Murphy, Dallas, Erwin
Fulham's updated lineup
Lonergan, Fredericks, Madl, Burn, Amorebieta, Garbutt, Baird, O'Hara, Cairney, McCormack, Dembele
Subs: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Smith, Kacaniklic, Tunnicliffe, Hyndman
Sadly, without Bellusci and with our less-than-potent attack on short rest, I can't imagine us winning this one. I'll say 1-2, and go prep the post-game booze.
What do you think? Will we pull this one out at home on short rest? Will Steve Evans play some of the younger guys out of necessity? Will you be watching or have you given up? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, we'll be here, through it all together. Also, you can follow along with our live-tweets of the game at @ThruItAllLIVE. Thanks for reading. #MOT