This is another of the big games this Tuesday, as a Sheffield United side battling relegation host promotion chasing Nottingham Forest. An incredible thirty points separate the two sides, which is simply amazing considering the fact that United were in the Premier League only a few years ago whereas Forest were down in League One.
Sheffield United are fast becoming the laughing stock of the division and with the club currently six points adrift of safety, it will take an incredible run to save them from the drop. What’s more, with Scunthorpe picking up three points at the weekend, they are now five points away from them in 22nd place. To compile the problems, manager Micky Adams is still searching for his first victory despite being in charge of thirteen games. The Blades head into this clash having lost their last four and with all of those opponents in the bottom half, three of which who are actually fighting the drop with them, it’s no surprise to see them in this awful predicament. Of course, there is still time to turn things round but with the likes of Forest, Leeds, QPR, Cardiff and Swansea still to play, they have an incredibly tough schedule.
Nottingham Forest meanwhile are battling at the opposite end of the table, with the City Ground outfit approaching this encounter in 5th spot. It looks as though their playoff spot is pretty secure, with six points separating them from 7th place, but Billy Davies will be aiming his sights a little higher as three points keep them from the automatic positions. However, despite their lofty position, recent form hasn’t been too impressive with the club currently on a four game winless run. Their last game saw them defeated 1-0 at home to Hull and seeing as their form at the City Ground was once their major strength, Davies will be hoping that his side aren’t about to capitulate as we approach the season finale.
Things are looking up for the home side on the team news front as Micky Adams looks to welcome back the likes of Nick Montgomery, Joe Mattock and Sam Vokes who have all been struggling with injuries in recent weeks. Adams will also be able to call on Shane Lowry, who has been suspended for the previous two games. Nottingham Forest meanwhile just have the one piece of news to report on, as Paul McKenna looks set to return after missing the last game through a knee injury.
Sheffield United may be on a dreadful run of form, but we think they will put an end to their disastrous run here. Nottingham Forest are on something of a downer and with that, we think United could scrape a 1-0 victory in this one.