Friday 30 November 2001

Fulham's home match against Leeds this coming Sunday is now a complete sell out.

The last few remaining tickets for this match went out of the Cottage ticket office on Friday morning. No tickets are available on the day.

Match preview from Planet Football

Fulham's return to the top flight has not quite been the champagne affair that some had predicted, while Leeds - without impressing too much - are putting together a championship challenge of some worth.

Consolidation is often the case when a team get promoted and with Al Fayed's millions behind them it does look as if Fulham are going to avoid the drop. The Harrods-priced buys like Steve Marlet - £13m to you sir - have not made an impact yet and it's the sturdy M&S-type buys such as Louis Saha (£2.1m) and Steve Finnan (£600,000) that will see Fulham through the cold, harsh winter.

Leeds on the other hand really need to put in a decent charge for the title and this year could be more open than most. The signing of Liverpool's Robbie Fowler could be the final addition that takes Leeds from the pile of also-rans and puts them there with the top sides.

This signing could well have the same impact on Leeds season, which Manchester United's signing of Eric Cantona had on that of the Red Devils in 1992. Leeds fans thinking back will know how the Red half of Merseyside feels right now.

Leeds have hit the target with 46% of their shots so far this season, which is only the seventh most accurate rate in the top flight. The good news for Fowler is that Leeds are one of the better crossers of the ball in the Premiership. With 28% of Leeds' balls from wide areas finding a team-mate he should get better service than at Liverpool where they were content with hitting the ball up the middle to Emile Heskey.

However, Fulham are the third-best passers of the ball in the division with a 79% pass completion rate so they might have more possession than some would predict. They will need to hold the ball well and break up Leeds' play if they are to get anything from this game.