Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest betting tips, predictions and match preview for this televised Championship fixture on Good Friday.The Blades can’t afford any more slip-ups, after dropping points against Millwall. Luckily, they are facing one of the weakest away sides in the division, and they should be able to take advantage.
Nottingham Forest may be eight points better off than this time last season, but their season looks to be heading to an underwhelming conclusion. They had a brief rally under Martin O’Neill, but the former Villa and Leicester boss is now realistically building for next season. This is a tough game for the Tricky Trees, who come up against high-flying Sheffield United. The Blades dropped points last season, and they do have players missing for this tie, but they should be able to take advantage of the East Midlander’s problems on the road.
Sheffield United lost ground in the race for automatic promotion last weekend, and they will be desperate to claw it back here. They have been dealt a relatively kind-looking fixture, and they will fancy their chances of collecting three points in South Yorkshire. The Blades will be without John Egan, who was dismissed late on against Millwall, whilst Billy Sharp is also out of this contest. With Chris Basham also a doubt, they look a little light at the back, but they are extremely well-stocked in the final third. Chris Wilder’s men can call upon any number of strikers, and they should be able to take advantage of a porous Nottingham Forest defence.
Forest have conceded eight goals in their last four away matches, including shipping three just down the road at Hillsborough. Martin O’Neill’s men have now lost three in a row, and they are conceding goals at an alarming rate. Strengthening the defence will be the priority in the summer. The Tricky Trees have also not won on the road since November 24th, and they’ve only beaten Bolton, Middlesbrough and Hull on the road this campaign.
The visitors have drawn on each of their visits to top six sides this season, although many of those came in 2018. It is a slight concern, but their recent decline, coupled with Sheffield United’s desperate need for the points does point towards a home success.
Forest have conceded at least two goals in six of their last eight away games, and I suspect that run will continue here.
Our betting tip is Sheffield United to Score Over 1.5 Team Goals and the best price is currently available at 4/5 with Betfred
Match Betting Odds:
Sheffield United – 4/7
Draw – 3/1
Nottingham Forest – 19/4
As we’ve previously mentioned, Sheffield United have a number of different options to call upon here, but David McGoldrick is likely to feature. At Ipswich, he was incredibly injury prone, but since moving north, he’s managed to get plenty of games under his belt.
He put in a typically busy and industrious performance against Millwall, and was fairly unlucky not to have found the back of the net.
With Sharp’s absence, McGoldrick will be tasked with stepping up, and whether he’s paired with Scott Hogan or Gary Madine, he stands a terrific chance of finding the net here.
He’s scored 13 times this campaign, with eight of those goals arriving at Bramall Lane. He’s also scored some important goals along the way, and he could bag another one here.
Sheffield United paid the price for scoring just a single goal last weekend at Millwall, and they will be keen to ensure that don’t make the same mistake again here.
Chris Wilder bemoaned his side’s lack of gusto in the final third, and they are likely to be ready for this fixture from the off. They are facing a side who are winless on the road since late November. Only Wigan, Rotherham, Ipswich, Brentford and Reading have won fewer games away from home this season, and I don’t fancy Martin O’Neill’s side to get anything here. Their 2-1 loss at home to Blackburn was particularly poor as Rovers don’t travel well.
Sheffield United have only lost once to sides sat below sixth place, and they have managed high-scoring victories against many mid-table sides this campaign.
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