The reds recruited heavily in the summer; they shelled out some hefty transfer fee’s as well as bringing in a number of players on loan from clubs of a higher level and a lot was expected of this side this season. Promotion was almost a certainty and a title challenge looked more likely of being what this side was capable of, but the reality has left fans frustrated.
Things have gone from bad to worse recently for Forest, just two wins in their last six games have seen them fall away from the play-off race. The gap is now eight points to Bristol City in sixth who also have a game in hand, a loss here resigns Forest and their fans to another year outside England’s top flight.
It’s hard to see them getting a result here too, they’ve managed just three wins on the road all season, 11 draws has them slightly elevated in the away table than maybe they should be. This shocking form on the road has cost them dearly, they’ve gifted points to far too many teams including those in the race with them. Forest are out at 6.5 for win in this game, with win or draw at 2.4.
The Blades stuttering
A 1-0 win at Preston has been United’s only success in their last four outings. A gut wrenching home defeat to Bristol City rounded out last month, the win at Preston followed before back to back 1-1 draws with Birmingham and Millwall, respectively.
They had been a picture of consistency for extensive periods of this season but some think they may have began to buckle slightly under the pressure and now they trail their fellow Yorkshire side Leeds by three points heading in to this huge Easter weekend. They do have home advantage in their favour for tonight, as we’ve already mentioned – Forest struggle massively on the road. For The Blades it’s a welcome visit, only Norwich and Leeds have recorded more home wins this season than Friday’s hosts and with the second best defensive record they’ll fancy themselves to get all three points here. You can back Sheffield United to win at a price of 1.62.
United to compile the misery
Forest have been poor this season and have been one of the huge let downs of this season. Much more was expected of them but sadly their season looks to be pretty much over. With how good United have been this season and Forest’s rotten away record I can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win here. Goals have been at a bit of a premium for the hosts of late but Forest are the ideal opponents to come up against to change that, there has been over 2.5 goals in six of the visitors last seven games and they’ve failed to claim an away win in 12 attempts. You can back over 2.5 goals at a price of 1.85, if you want to combine that with a home win you’re looking at 2.4. If the hosts are to be dominant then a goal scorer pick may have some value. Gary Madine was impressive off the bench last time out and is in line to start here, he’s at 2.5 anytime to find the net.
Sheff United to win @ 1.5
Gary Madine to score anytime @ 2.5
Sheff United to win to nil @ 2.4