Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest Betting Tip Sheffield United – 19 April 2019

Blades can get vital win

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Championship Tips

EnglandSheffield United v Nottingham ForestEngland
Friday 19th April 1230hrs 
Football – England – Championship
Pick Sheffield United
Bookmaker Marathon Bet
Odds: 57/100 (odds taken 20.20 GMT, Wednesday 17th April)

Easter weekend traditionally signifies we’re getting close to the end of the Championship season and that’s certainly the case this year as promotion chasing Sheffield United face a Nottingham Forest team who are essentially preparing for the next campaign.

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Sheffield United Preview

The gap between Sheffield United and Leeds United in the battle for second spot and automatic promotion to the Premier League now sits at three points following the Blades’ draw at home to Millwall last week. Whilst there is plenty to play for in their remaining four matches and they still hold a good chance of making it into the top two, it was an agonising turn of events for Chris Wilder and his players who conceded the equaliser right at the death. It provided rivals Leeds with a boost who were playing in the late kick-off and now United have it all to do in an attempt to ensure they do not have to compete in the end of season playoffs. It’s known as the business end of the season for a reason because the pressure is ramped up in every game, and in a division such as this means that teams have to be at their best to take three points. The Blades have being unable to cope with those demands in recent weeks – dropping points in three of their last four matches having won at Elland Road before that. The biggest surprise has been taking just one point from their last two home games having been so dominant at Brammall Lane before then, having won eight home games on the bounce. They now need to rediscover that winning from, immediately.

 

Key-Facts – Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest

  • Sheffield United now trail Leeds by three points in the battle for second having dropped points last weekend
  • Nottingham Forest have little to play for in their remaining games but are on a poor run of form
  • The visitors have managed just three wins on their travels in the Championship this season – the lowest of any club in the top half

 

Nottingham Forest Preview

Forest have flirted with the top six for much of the season and even when Martin O’Neill was appointed as manager earlier in the year there was an expectation they would continue with their challenge for the playoffs. The situation has changed pretty rapidly, in recent weeks, with three straight defeats and winning only one of their last six matches. It has put paid to any realistic hope they had of creeping into the top six with an eight-point lead and just four games left too tall a task to overcome – especially in their current form. Forest will be hoping to play out the season in a positive way and move towards the summer with some confidence ahead of what will be yet another big summer at the City Ground. The owners are not known for their patience and whilst the reasonable expectation is to give O’Neill a transfer window to get his own team on the park, a continued poor run to end the campaign could well see swift action being taken. That’s out with O’Neill’s control, however, and he just has to focus on getting his team back to winning ways.

Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest Betting Advice

Good Friday fixtures are a staple part of any Championship season and usually bring with it plenty of drama and have been decisive in the past in terms of the promotion places. This weekend has the potential to do just that again as Sheffield United will follow this game with a trip to Hull on Monday and with Leeds also playing both days, it’s likely the picture will become clearer after those games and with just a couple of matches of the regular season left.

I alluded to how strong Sheffield United had been at home before their recent falters and it’s further emphasised by the fact that their last six wins (before losing to Bristol City at the beginning of the month) had been achieved without conceding a goal. For Forest, their biggest weakness this season has been their inability to win on the road and with just a couple of away games left, they’ve managed only three wins all season. It’s the worst away record of any team in the top half and will need serious improvement if they are to challenge for the playoffs next season. This looks the perfect opportunity for Sheffield United to get back on track and put some pressure on Leeds in second.


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