The last thing Leeds United need x2

Fulham's Matt Smith scores their first goal

Leeds United face two strikers with points to prove this week for Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United have had a poor start to the season and face a crucial week as they look to bounce back.

They play twice in five days and a couple of wins will immediately redress the ill-feeling around Elland Road after defeats to QPR and Birmingham City.

Yet in their path are two strikers with points to prove and connections to Leeds in one way or another. Facing them right now is the last thing the Whites need.

Fulham - Matt Smith

Matt Smith was sold by Leeds two seasons ago and struggled at Fulham initially. He was sent off on his debut and was then loaned out to Bristol City, who at that point were in League One.

Like at Leeds, he played second fiddle to Ross McCormack, but with the Scotsman sold to Newcastle, he has begun to take more of a prominent role under manager Slavisa Jokanovic.

Fulham's Matt Smith scores their first goalFulham's Matt Smith scores their first goal

Smith has scored twice in two games, both winning goals against Newcastle and Preston. Against Leeds he has had a poor record, but he is in form and this is the perfect chance to redress that.

Leeds have struggled defensively this season and playing the aerially astute Smith is going to be difficult. Rob Green and Sol Bamba especially have looked susceptible to high balls early on this season and the Fulham striker could have a field day.

Fernando Forestieri - Sheffield Wednesday

At one stage it had appeared perhaps Leeds could benefit from off pitch drama at Hillsborough, with Forestieri missing the game against Norwich last weekend amid transfer speculation.

He has since been fined and apologised to Sheffield Wednesday, and looks set to stay. He may not go straight back into the team against Burton this midweek, but by time Leeds come calling at the weekend, the Italian is likely to have worked his way back into favour.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates after scoring their first goalSheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates after scoring their first goal

Forestieri was close to signing for Leeds last season but opted for Wednesday instead, and was criticised by owner Massimo Cellino in the process.

He went on to score against Leeds in a win for Wednesday last season, and the stage is set for him to do so again.

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