Nottingham Forest have gone three games without a win in the Championship, with a goalless draw at Rotherham United on Saturday leaving them five points adrift of the play-off places.
Leeds United have also been struggling of late, with back-to-back defeats suffered against Ipswich Town and Fulham.
The Whites are now just five points clear of the drop zone, with Neil Redfearn in need of inspiration from somewhere.
He will be hoping to find it at the City Ground, with two of the second tier’s heavyweight outfits set to lock horns next weekend.
Forest, though, will be looking for home field advantage to work in their favour and offer them a pre-Christmas boost.
Jamie Paterson acknowledges that the contest will be a ‘big’ one for any number of reasons, and he is determined to make a telling contribution for Stuart Pearce’s side and get them back on track.
He told Forest’s official website: “Leeds are a big club, like ourselves, and it’ll be a very good atmosphere. Hopefully we can go and get the three points and, personally, I can score or set up a goal.”
On being back in favour, the tricky forward added: “I always feel I can do better - get a goal or an assist. But I’m happy to be back, playing two 90 minutes in a row and feeling a lot fitter. I’m back in the side now and looking to keep my shirt.”
Forest need the likes of Paterson to start providing an attacking spark, with Pearce’s men the lowest scorers in the top nine.
They also need to avoid slipping any further adrift of the promotion-chasing pack, with it important to build momentum heading into the New Year.
Having been among the pre-season favourites to go up, following considerable summer investment, Forest need to deliver for their manager, owner and fans if they are to avoid falling under ever-increasing pressure over the second half of the campaign.