The Robins have lost back-to-back matches since the restart and are now down in 12th, whereas Forest have taken four points from six to bolster their top-six hopes.
City have made a habit of fading away when the going gets tough, none more so than this time around, having slipped from fourth in December to their current position of 12th.
Lee Johnson's men went five games without a win prior to the three-month hiatus and have lost to Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday since returning to action.
Speaking after the 2-1 reverse to Sheffield Wednesday - their fifth loss in seven winless matches - Johnson accused certain players of not doing their jobs properly.
The Robins now find themselves exactly midway in the table, eight points off sixth-placed Cardiff City with only nine matches to go.
Forest have been in far better form than their opponents either side of the coronavirus-enforced break, losing only one of their last seven matches.
Automatic promotion looks out of the question for the Reds given the seven-point gap on West Bromwich Albion, but Sabri Lamouchi will certainly not be ruling anything out.
More importantly, Forest have a seven-point buffer on the chasing pack in the race to finish in the top six after seeing off Huddersfield Town 3-1 at the weekend.
Despite their decent form, though, and the fact that they are fourth in the division, Lamouchi's men have not won consecutive league matches since early January.
Forest have also taken fewer points at home than they have on their travels, but City are winless in their last four away from Ashton Gate.
The Robins were 1-0 winners on their most recent visit to the City Ground and are seeking consecutive away wins in this fixture for the first time in a century.
Indeed, City have lost just one of their last 10 league meetings with Forest - a 1-0 loss in January 2017 - so this may be just the fixture for the visitors to revive their season.
Nottingham Forest's Championship form: DWDLDW
Bristol City's Championship form: LLDDLL
Lamouchi has a full group of players to choose from ahead of this match, so it may well be a case of sticking with the same lineup from the Huddersfield match.
City welcomed Adam Nagy back from injury at the weekend and now have a full complement of players to choose from.
Striker Nahki Wells has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season - not since 2013-14 has he netted more in a single campaign.
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Yates, Watson; Lolley, Silva, Ameobi; Grabban
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Hunt, Williams, Baker, Dasilva; Weimann, Smith, Massengo, Eliasson; Diedhiou, Wells
We say: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Bristol City
City may be badly out of form, but they tend to do well in this fixture. Forest also struggle when it comes to stringing together victories, so we are tipping this one to finish all square.