Sheffield United

V

Bramall Lane

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Nottingham Forest

V

Bramall Lane

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Sheffield United host Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane on Saturday, expecting to keep up their promotion push.

Last time: Despite going behind to a John Lundstram goal inside the first few minutes, Forest were ahead by half-time thanks to strikes from Jason Cummings and Kieran Dowell in September, and held onto their 2-1 lead in the second period.

This time: Sheffield United are 17/20 to pick up the victory, while Nottingham Forest are 4/1 and the draw is 45/17.

You might remember: The last time these two teams played each other in the top flight. It was the first season of the rebranded Premier League, with Sheffield United running out 2-0 winners at the City Ground after a goalless draw earlier in the campaign. Either of those scorelines could feature in your football score predictions for this game.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Sheffield United host Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane, with the Blades pushing hard for a play-off spot

While Nottingham Forest have little to play for apart from pride this season, Sheffield United are gunning for the play-offs and a return to the Premier League. That could be crucial when picking out your football predictions for this game.

Sheffield United are 17/20 for the win, and that’s a strong football prediction as it would keep them firmly in the hunt for the top six. Winning their rearranged game against Burton on Tuesday pulled the Blades to within two points of Middlesbrough, while Derby are just a point further ahead in fifth. With County playing Cardiff this weekend, there’s a great opportunity for Chris Wilder’s side to put themselves right in the mix.

Nottingham Forest are 4/1 for the win, although they won’t form part of many people’s football predictions this weekend. The Reds did do Saturday’s hosts a favour by taking a point from Derby last time out, but that was in front of their own supporters at the City Ground.

The draw is 45/17 and could be worth a shout. Five of the last 10 games between these two clubs have ended in a draw, with three of them finishing 1-1. A repeat of that scoreline’s priced at 6/1, while the other two games finished goalless. Forest have drawn their last two games 0-0, and another one of those is 9/2 in the football betting tips for the weekend.

Blades forwards Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke are both priced at 9/2 to open the scoring, and either of them breaking the deadlock looks to be one of the safer football predictions for this game. They’ve plundered 27 Championship goals between them this term, while Daryl Murphy is the visitors’ top scorer and 8/1 to score first.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

An away win. The away team hasn’t won a game the last seven times these two have played each other. United won the last one 1-0, and a repeat of that scoreline in favour of Forest as part of your Championship predictions is 12/1.

2

We fancy:

Sheffield United to win to nil at 2/1. Forest have failed to score in their last two games, and six of their last nine – despite putting five past QPR at Loftus Road towards the end of February. United beat Burton 2-0 on Tuesday, and that’s priced at 8/1.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

United are 16/1 to beat Forest 3-1, just as they did the last time the teams met at Bramall Lane in 2014. The odds increase to 45/1 with Clarke as the first scorer, and that’d be one of the best football betting tips anywhere in the Championship this weekend if it pays out.

Written by Oli Coates

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