Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Sheffield Wednesday at the City Ground on Saturday in the Championship.
It certainly won’t be an easy game for Sabri Lamouchi’s side.
The Owls have been flying in the Championship since Garry Monk replaced Steve Bruce in September. He has won six of his 15 league games in charge so far, drawing five and losing just four.
Monk’s side are set to travel to the City Ground on Saturday to take on the Reds. First though, they face a trip to Forest’s East Midlands rivals Derby County tonight.
The Owls edged closer to the play-offs as they came from behind to beat Brentford 2-1 at Hillsborough on Saturday.
If they beat the Rams tonight, they’ll move above Forest in the Championship before this weekend’s game.
‘We are capable of beating any team’
Speaking to the Sheffield Star ahead of the two fixtures, Monk said: “We have got a chance to really try and put a marker down this week.
“We know it will not be easy. We are playing against two difficult sides. We need to try and keep that belief we are showing and momentum going.
“When our intensity levels and attitude is at its best, we are capable of beating any team in this league.”
There’s no doubt that Lamouchi’s side could badly do with a win this weekend, especially at home.
The Reds have only won four games at home this season. They are struggling to find their best form at the City Ground and are struggling to score goals.
Saturday’s game against the Owls is the last chance to put that right before Christmas. They then won’t return to the City Ground until 29 December against Wigan Athletic.
It would be a major boost to win before two tricky away games against Huddersfield Town and Hull City.