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Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United Premier League predictions: tips, odds & team news

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United predictions: tips, odds & team news

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United kickstart the second gameweek of the 2023/24 Premier League season on Friday at 7:45pm (UK time).

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United odds


*Odds correct as of 07:20 on August 18

The 2023/24 Premier League campaign is underway and both these sides had unfortunate starts to the new season. Nottingham Forest are in their second season back in the top flight but things weren’t comfortable in 2022/23 as they finished just four points clear of the relegation zone, only securing safety in the final few weeks of the season. It was a campaign that also saw Steve Cooper’s job constantly thrown into question, especially after Forest’s major squad reshuffle, so you feel a better year is needed. But they opened in defeat to Arsenal, despite some of their summer arrivals impressing including Anthony Elanga, who came off the bench to get them back into the match with an assist to make it 2-1. The former Manchester United man also created more chances than any of his teammates (2), despite coming on in the 80th minute.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, are back in the top flight after two seasons away and will be hoping to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. The last time the Blades were promoted to the Premier League they finished ninth in their debut campaign before suffering second-season syndrome, finishing rock bottom in 2020/21. And it was a losing start to the 2023/24 campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. The Blades conceded more shots (24) than any other home side in matchday 1, while no other home side conceded more shots on target (8), in a less than impressive 90 minutes at Bramall Lane.

Only Burnley (0.3) posted a lower xG total on MD1 than Sheffield United (0.5), while Nottingham Forest were one of three teams (along with Everton and Wolves) to post a higher xG than their opponents but still lose the match (1.2 – 0.8).

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Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United predictions

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 1/1 with Midnite
Correct Score Nottingham Forest 2-1 Sheffield United 8/1 with BetGoodwin
First Goalscorer Taiwo Awoniyi 9/2 with Betfair

Odds correct at the time of writing. 18+ Only. Terms and Conditions Apply.

The stats behind our Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United predictions:

  • Taiwo Awoniyi has scored in each of his past five Premier League games.
  • None of Sheffield United’s last 25 games in the Premier League have ended in a draw, with the Blades winning seven and losing 18.
  • Only three teams conceded more goals than Nottingham Forest in the Premier League last season.
  • Only two teams scored more goals in the Championship last season than Sheffield United.
  • Nottingham Forest were unbeaten in 14 of their 19 home Premier League games last season, winning eight.

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United match tip

Taiwo Awoniyi to score anytime @ 29/20 with Unibet

Taiwo Awoniyi came off the bench to pull a goal back against Arsenal to extend his good goalscoring run. The Nigerian has now scored in each of his last five Premier League games, with Stan Collymore the only Forest player to have netted in six in a row in the competition, doing so in March/April 1995.

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United Bet-Builder tip

Nottingham Forest to win, Anel Ahmedhodzic to be booked & BTTS 

Nottingham Forest’s safety push last season was built on their home record, with just five teams leaving the City Ground with all three points. However, their defence was rocky across the campaign, with only three teams conceding more goals in the Premier League. Anel Ahmedhodzic will be one of the main figures in the Sheffield United defence, but he is also a bit of a yellow card risk, picking up 12 bookings in the Championship last season. He already has his first in the Premier League this campaign as well.

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United team news

Nottingham Forest will likely start Taiwo Awoniyi after he scored from the bench against Arsenal on his return to fitness last week, but this game may still be too soon for the likes of Moussa Niakhate and Felipe. Wayne Hennessey and Omar Richards aren’t expected to be back until next month.

Nottingham Forest team news

In  Out Doubtful
None Omar Richards, Wayne Hennessey, Felipe Moussa Niakhate

Sheffield United still have a number of injury problems with John Fleck suffering another fracture in pre-season against Girona which is expected to keep him out for a few months. Fleck is joined on the sidelines by Rhian Brewster, Ismaila Coulibaly and Jayden Bogle. Midfielder Gus Hamer has joined from Coventry and could go straight into the starting XI.

Sheffield United team news

In  Out Doubtful
Gustavo Hamer John Fleck, Rhian Brewster, Ismaila Coulibaly, Jayden Bogle None

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United head-to-head record

  • 17 May 2022 – Nottingham Forest 1-2 Sheffield United – Championship play-offs
  • 14 May 2022 – Sheffield United 1-2 Nottingham Forest – Championship play-offs
  • 4 March 2022 – Sheffield United 1-1 Nottingham Forest – Championship
  • 2 November 2021 – Nottingham Forest 1-1 Sheffield United – Championship
  • 19 April 2019 – Sheffield United 2-0 Nottingham Forest – Championship

This is the first top-flight meeting between these two sides since the debut Premier League campaign, when they played out a goalless draw in the first match before Sheffield United claimed victory in the return fixture. The last time these two sides met came in the 2021/22 play-off semi-finals with Nottingham Forest advancing on penalties en route to their Wembley success.

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