High-flying Brentford will be looking to close in on the European places when they travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts, meanwhile, are searching for their first top-flight win since the beginning of November as they bid to climb away from the relegation zone.
After failing to win any of their first five competitive games since the World Cup break, Leeds secured a much-needed confidence-boosting 5-2 victory at home against Cardiff City in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night.
Wilfried Gnonto and Patrick Bamford both scored a brace, while top scorer Rodrigo was also on target to help the Whites set up a favourable fourth-round tie with either Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood later this month.
Jesse Marsch will now be focused fully on Sunday’s Premier League contest with Brentford, with his Leeds side – who have won only four top-flight matches all season – one of a number of clubs facing the prospect of relegation as the head into the second half of the season.
After losing 2-1 away at Aston Villa in their most recent league game, Leeds have slipped to 14th place in the table, just two points above the relegation zone, although they do have a game in hand on all six teams below them.
Leeds have conceded more Premier League goals than any other team since the start of last season (112), and have kept a clean sheet in only one of their last seven meetings with Brentford.
However, the West Yorkshire outfit will be hoping that their supporters can spur them on towards another positive home result this weekend, having already picked up 12 of their 17 points at Elland Road so far this season.
Brentford supporters are rightly buzzing at present as their Bees side have won four of their last five Premier League matches, including a routine 2-0 win at home to Bournemouth last weekend.
Goals either side of half time from Ivan Toney and Mathias Jensen helped secure maximum points for the West Londoners for the seventh time this season, and their hopes of securing a surprise European spot are well and truly alive.
Indeed, Brentford currently sit in eighth place above both Liverpool and Chelsea in the top-flight table, just four points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth with a game in hand.
Thomas Frank’s side are brimming with confidence as they have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League games, and they head to Elland Road having already beaten Leeds this season, securing an impressive 5-2 home victory in September courtesy of an Ivan Toney hat-trick.
The Bees have accumulated seven points from their last nine available away from home, including back-to-back wins at Manchester City and West Ham United, and another victory on Sunday would see them record three successive top-flight wins on the road for the first time in their history.
Making a fast start at Elland Road could be key to the Bees’ success on Sunday, considering that they are unbeaten in all 20 Premier League games in which they have scored first.