Nottingham Forest welcome Leeds United to the City Ground on Saturday for a match both sides will be desperate to win for different reasons.
Forest are currently five points outside the playoff places and will not want to be cast adrift over the Christmas period while Leeds’ victory against Derby County has long since been forgotten.
Neil Redfearn’s men have lost consecutive games against Ipswich Town and Fulham and they are now perilously close to the relegation zone.
Another defeat on Saturday and Leeds’ supporters may have to rethink their expectations for a campaign that looked on the up when Redfearn was finally named permanent boss.
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With Forest’s Chris Cohen side-lined with a cruciate ligament injury, Michael Mancienne has stepped in as captain and he will take his place in the heart of the side’s defence again on Saturday.
As for Leeds, their skipper has seen questions asked about his contribution and importance to the side in recent times, with Redfearn favouring Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper when both are fit and available.
So how do the two captains fare ahead of Saturday’s encounter?
As you can see above the Forest player is currently outperforming the Leeds man in six key areas, averaging more successful duels, interceptions and aerial battles per appearance while also having a better passing accuracy and averaging more effective clearances both with his feet and his head.
The only areas where the Leeds star is currently on top is in terms of outfield blocks per appearance and when it comes to being disposed.