Prediction: Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

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Aug 14, 2023, 13:42

Prediction: Nottingham Forest to win 2-0

Best Odds: 7/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United will lock horns with each other in the Premier League this week. The match between the Reds and the Blades will be held at the City Ground and is scheduled to kick off at 7:45pm UK time on Friday.

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest were among the clubs who were fighting for survival in the Premier League last season. For a large chunk of the campaign, it looked like Forest were going to go down to the Championship, but in the end, head coach Steve Cooper saved the team.

Forest finished last season 16th in the Premier League table with 38 points from 38 matches. The Reds ended up four points above the relegation zone, and the City Ground faithful will be happy. Forest will hope to kick on this season and aim for a top-10 finish in the Premier League table.

The Reds started the new Premier League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in North London this past weekend. While the Gunners were the better team over the course of the 90 minutes, Forest did give the North London club a scare in the final minutes of the game.

Team News:

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is likely to line up his team in a 3-4-3 formation against Sheffield United. Matt Turner, who joined Forest from Arsenal in the summer transfer window, will start in goal for the Reds. Brennan Johnson will lead the line and will be part of a three-pronged attack Joe Worrall will be part of a three-man defence.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League at the end of last season. The Blades picked up 91 points from 46 matches and finished second to clinch automatic promotion to the Premier League. It was a great achievement for the Blades.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side are going to find it hard to survive in the Premier League this season. United do have a decent squad, but there are other teams who are much better than them. It would be a miracle if the Blades end up above the bottom three in the Premier League table this season.

United suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Crystal Palace at home in the Premier League this past weekend. Former Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard scored the only goal of the match at Bramall Lane. The Blades have to step up their game and have to try to get something from the match against Forest. After all, like United, Forest could also be fighting for survival in the top flight of English football come the end of the season.

Team News:

Sheffield United are likely to line up in a 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest. Wes Foderingham will be in goal for the Blades. Anel Ahmedhodzic, John Egan and Jack Robinson will be the three centre-backs. William Osula and Benie Traore will be the two forwards for the Yorkshire club.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Nottingham Forest had just 22% of the possession against Arsenal.
  • Nottingham Forest had only 2 shots on target against Arsenal.
  • Nottingham Forest earned just 3 corners against Arsenal.
  • Sheffield United had only 1 shot on target against Crystal Palace.
  • Sheffield United had just 32% of the possession against Crystal Palace.


Sheffield United did not have a good time against Crystal Palace, and playing at the City Ground will only make it hard for them to win against Nottingham Forest. It is hard to see Forest drop all three points against the Blades. A home win is the most likely outcome of this Premier League match. However, the Reds cannot get complacent and have to be on top of their game right from the first minute.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest to win 2-0

Best Odds: 7/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

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