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Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Nottingham Forest are in the midst of a battle to avoid a return to the Championship and their hopes of retaining their Premier League status could be dealt a blow by Sheffield United on Saturday.

While the Blades' 5-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United last time out condemned to life in the second tier next season, Forest still find themselves fighting for survival.

Sat one point above 18th-place Luton ahead of the Hatters’ clash with Everton on Friday night, every point is vital at this business end of the season.

Both teams are in miserable form heading into Saturday’s clash, in a game that might see each side earn a point that helps neither cause.

Sheff Utd v Nottm Forest

Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest betting tips and predictions

Draw - 16/5

These two sides almost played out a draw in their previous Premier League meeting this season when they met at the City Ground back in August.

The game was all square going into the 89th minute before Chris Wood found the back of net to give the Tricky Trees all three points in a 2-1 victory.

Had that late goal not gone in, it would have been the third time in the last five meetings between these sides to have ended in a draw.

On the other two occasions where there has been a winner, only a one-goal margin has decided the game.

These are two evenly matched sides and there is little from their form to suggest either side can claim a victory this weekend.

One win in their last 19 Premier League games makes sorry reading for Blades’ supporters, while Forest have managed just one win in their last 14 away games in the top-flight.

With all that considered, even with United already down, this game might end in a frustrating stalemate for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Under 2.5 goals - 11/8

Considering the lack of goals in these teams, going under 2.5 total goals in this match appears to be good value at 11/8.

No team has scored fewer goals than Sheffield United’s 34 in 35 games and it’s little surprise the South Yorkshire outfit have struggled in the top flight this term.

Forest have not fared much better in front of goal, with their 42 efforts meaning only Sheffield United, Everton (37) and Burnley (38) have score fewer goals than the Tricky Trees this season.

Saturday’s encounter is likely to be a cagey affair with the pressure firmly on Forest to deliver and the Blades to show some fight in front of their home supporters.

Going with under 2.5 goals will cover the 0-0 and 1-1 scorelines for the expected draw and is the second selection.

Gustavo Hamer to be booked - 12/5

With nine yellow cards to his name in the Premier League season, no Sheffield United player has picked up more yellow cards than midfielder Gustavo Hamer.

The former Coventry City ace was shown a yellow when these two sides met in Nottingham at the start of the season and it would be no surprise to see him land in the referee’s boom this weekend.

Hamer also picked up a yellow card for Coventry during his time with the Sky Blues against Forest, adding further weight to this selection which stands to come in at 12/5.

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Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest odds

Sheff Utd - 7/2
Draw -
16/5
Nottm Forest -
7/10

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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