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Sunday Preview: Spotlight on Jesse Marsch as Leeds United host Fulham

Original article published 22 October 2022

Leeds United's 3-0 success over Chelsea feels like a distant memory, and all eyes will be on Elland Road as Jesse Marsch tries to silence his critics when his side host Fulham on Sunday.

The Whites' battle against the Cottagers is one of five games in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, with managerless Aston Villa hosting Brentford at 14:00.

Southampton will welcome Arsenal to the south coast, Wolves face Leicester City, while Tottenham tackle Eddie Howe's Newcastle United.

Villa hoping to move on from Gerrard

WhatAston Villa v Brentford
WhereVilla Park, Birmingham
When14:00, Sunday 23rd October
How to watchN/A
OddsAston Villa 11/10, Draw 5/2, Brentford 5/2

Aston Villa will begin life without Steven Gerrard with a home fixture against Brentford, with first-team coach Aaron Danks set to lead the side.

The former Liverpool midfielder was relieved of his duties after the 3-0 defeat to Fulham in midweek, and Danks will have had very little time to prepare his players for Sunday's fixture.

Villa have lost successive games without scoring, while Brentford are unbeaten in two. Thomas Frank's side have not conceded in either match against Brighton or Chelsea, and they are 5/1 to win to nil on Sunday.

Midfielder Douglas Luiz is available for Villa after his red card was overturned by the Football Association, while Lucas Digne may return to the bench. Brentford's Christian Norgaard is back in training but will likely watch from the stands alongside Pontus Jansson, Aaron Hickey and Thomas Strakosha.

The clock is ticking for Marsch

WhatLeeds United v Fulham
WhereElland Road, Leeds
When14:00, Sunday 23rd October
How to watchN/A
OddsLeeds 21/20, Draw 5/2, Fulham 13/5

Leeds United's strong start to the season is the only reason they are out of the bottom three, with the Whites now level on points with 18th-placed Wolves.

Marsch's side are without a win in seven top-flight matches, and they have now lost four of their previous five under the American. While there was a reason for optimism against Arsenal, Leeds were poor against rock-bottom Leicester in midweek before the Foxes moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 win.

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Fulham have recovered from successive defeats to go two unbeaten in the Premier League, and their victory over Villa will have lifted the mood in the dressing room.

Marsch will hope to recall Pascal Struijk, while Fulham right-back Kenny Tete must pass a fitness test to feature. Nathaniel Chalobah returns from suspension, but Daniel James cannot play against his parent club.

A poor result for Marsch may put further pressure on him, and Fulham should be able to grab a share of the points, with the Cottagers 8/11 in the double chance market.

Saints face tough challenge on home soil

WhatSouthampton v Arsenal
WhereSt Mary's Stadium, Southampton
When14:00, Sunday 23rd October
How to watchSky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football
OddsSouthampton 5/1, Draw 31/10, Arsenal 4/7

Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton have picked up their form of late, collecting four points from their previous two matches.

The Austrian watched on as his side beat Bournemouth 1-0 away from home in midweek, but they face a sterner challenge on Sunday when Arsenal travel to the south coast.

The Gunners are the team to beat at the minute, as Mikel Arteta's side have won eight matches on the spin in all competitions.

That incredible run of form means they still sit top of the Premier League table, and they should have no worries ahead of their trip to the St Mary's Stadium.

While Arsenal duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Bukayo Saka are set to return from injury, Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters has been ruled out for the foreseeable future due to a hamstring injury.

Arsenal are 5/4 to win on Sunday and for the match to contain over 2.5 goals.

Struggling duo to go to battle at Molineux

WhatWolves v Leicester
WhereMolineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
When14:00, Sunday 23rd October
How to watchN/A
OddsWolves 5/4, Draw 9/4, Leicester 9/4

Both Wolves and Leicester will be desperate for all three points when the two sides meet at Molineux on Sunday.

The Midlands outfit are without a permanent manager but confirmed Steve Davis will stay on until 2023 after talks with Queens Park Rangers boss Michael Beale broke down.

In the other dugout, Brendan Rodgers moved closer to convincing Leicester officials he is the man for the job after his side's win over Leeds.

Wolves have only won one of their previous five but at home they have only lost one in five, so they will fancy their chances of collecting points. Leicester have lost all four away games they have played this season, and Wolves appeal at 4/7 in the draw no bet market.

Magpies can add to Spurs' woes

WhatTottenham v Newcastle
WhereTottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
When16:30, Sunday 23rd October
How to watchSky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football
OddsTottenham 21/20, Draw 5/2, Newcastle 5/2

After a four-match unbeaten run, Tottenham were put back in their place by Manchester United in midweek. The Red Devils ran out 2-0 winners at Old Trafford and Spurs looked toothless in attack for the first time in a while.

That will be music to Newcastle's players' ears as they try to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches. Howe's men have not conceded in their last two matches, but they will do well to contain Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min for 90 minutes.

Newcastle have only kept two clean sheets all season on their travels in all competitions, and a draw and both teams to score looks like the way to go at 7/2.

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