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Five things destined to happen as Leeds United take on Fulham

Ahead of Leeds United's visit to Fulham, here's a look at five things we expect from the fixture...

The Steve Evans era is set to begin at Leeds United, as the former Rotherham boss begins trying to repair the side's confidence after a poor run under Uwe Rosler.

They begin with a midweek fixture away to Fulham, who are five places above them, but just two points separate the two teams.

Here is a look at five things we expect to happen in Evans' first game in charge, win, draw, or lose...

Leeds will have a player sent off

Steve Evans has told his team he wants to see aggression in his players, who have often been too timid especially in their home displays. Well it's probable there will be one player who takes his instructions too far and gets sent off for a late challenge. Note: Giuseppe Bellusci is fit to play and could feature.

Steve Evans will issue an impassioned defence of said player

If a player is red carded, don't expect Evans to be critical. He will respond by backing the offender whether right or wrong, simply glad the team is buying into his methods. Expect blame on the referee, and not the player concerned.

Ross McCormack or Matt Smith will score

It's been a rough week for Leeds, and this could continue if their former players come back to haunt them. Leeds sold McCormack and Smith to Fulham last season, but in their last clash at Craven Cottage both players underperformed as the Whites eased to victory. Whatever the result, don't be surprised to see one get on the scoresheet.

Fans will chant for Neil Redfearn

Steve Evans may be winning over some fans, but it will take a long time to get the backing of the entire crowd. When Leeds won last season it was Neil Redfearn who led them to victory, and his subsequent departure from the club remains a sore point. Owner Massimo Cellino is seen as the main part of the problem at Leeds, and chanting for Redfearn will be an expression of dissatisfaction towards him rather than a direct reflection on Evans.

Evans will have a touch line bust-up

Steve Evans might have mentioned it once or twice, that he won't let Leeds play without fight. There is no better way for him to get his message across than by ranting and raving from the touchline in an attempt to gee up his players. Expect the officials to bear the full brunt, especially if the game starts slipping away from the Whites. Fulham boss Kit Symons would be advised to steer clear.

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