Will it be a good Friday for Sheffield United as they clash with Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane on Friday afternoon? The Blades have slipped to third place in the Championship after successive draws. Sheffield United are now three points behind Leeds United.
Nottingham Forest's chances of making the playoffs have been doomed thanks to a three-match losing streak. The Tricky Trees are out of form having been outscored 7-2 during their trio of losses.
Sheffield United suffered back to back 1-1 draws to Birmingham City and Millwall, respectively. Chris Wilder has watched his side labour to those draws as the Blades have been unable to prevent second-half goals. Now, it looks more likely they will need to win the playoffs to go up.
Sheffield United's draw against Millwall was especially painful as they conceded the equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The Blades are now winless in three of their last four games.
Sheffield United go into the match as the favourite at 8/13. Nottingham Forest go into the fixture at odds of 5/1.
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Nottingham Forest have simply collapsed in recent weeks. They are winless in their last five matches with their last three games ending in losses. Nottingham Forest have not won any of their last six away fixtures with three of those games ending with them being shut out.
El Arbi Hillel Soudani and Michael Hefele have been sidelined long-term for Nottingham Forrest and won't return to action against Sheffield United.
Sheffield United could be without top scorer Billy Sharp. The striker was withdrawn against Millwall as was defender Chris Basham. Both injuries are concerning and could derail the Blades' promotion push.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 17/20 - BET NOW
The last two fixtures between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest have seen under 2.5 goals scored. Nottingham Forest won their previous meeting this term, 1-0, at the City Ground. Neither side is in-form and they are struggling for goals. Friday's fixture will be followed by games on Monday as a lot of football will be played in a short period.
Sheffield United to have the most corners @ 1/4 - BET NOW
The Blades tallied nine corners when the two clubs met at the City Ground in November. Nottingham Forest managed just four on that occasion. With Sheffield United desperate to get three points, expect them to attack from the start forcing Sheffield United to be pushed back in defence.
Halftime draw/Full-time Sheffield United win @ 7/2 - BET NOW
Sheffield United have not beaten Nottingham Forest in their last three meetings in the Championship. The Blades must win this game to have any hope of catching Leeds United.
Nottingham Forest are playing their worst football of the season. The promotion playoffs are gone and they can start looking toward next term.
The last two games between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest have been nil-nil at halftime. After 45 minutes of feeling out Nottingham Forest, the Blades will find a second gear.
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