Leeds united did not feast to excess around Christmas last year.
The final five games of 2014 yielded only one point and an FA Cup tie away at Sunderland at the beginning of January was credited for a dramatic change in tactics and results, ultimately leading to the club’s Championship survival.
This year, Steve Evans’ squad have 18 points to play for in the days before their FA Cup third-round meeting with Rotherham next month, including five against sides in the bottom half of the Championship.
Derby County – currently third in the table (under boss Paul Clement, pictured) – are the only opponents inside the top six:
Saturday, December 12 – Charlton Athletic (away)
Thursday, December 17 – Wolverhampton Wanderers (away).
Sunday, December 20 – Preston North End (home).
Sunday, December 27 – Nottingham Forest (away).
Tuesday, December 29 – Derby County (home).
Saturday, January 2 – MK Dons (home).