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Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United match preview
The Premier League weekend kicks off early with this Friday night fixture by the River Trent, as both target their first points of the season.
Nottingham Forest were impressive in defeat at Arsenal on Saturday, going 2-0 down in a flash in the first half, but making a game of it towards the end.
Taiwo Awoniyi halved the deficit with ten minutes to play, teed-up by a brilliant solo run from debutant Anthony Elanga, but the Reds were unable to snatch an equaliser in North London.
Forest won just one away game throughout the entirety of last season and, given that their next three road fixtures are at Man United, Chelsea and Man City, this record isn’t likely to improve any time soon.
Thus, Steve Cooper’s team will need to remain strong in their own supporters, with Burnley, Brentford and Luton the visitors to Nottingham between now and the start of November.
So, will Forest pick up three points here?
Sheffield United meantime are back in the Premier League, but they don’t return with too much optimism.
Arguably, their two best players, Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge, have both been sold, while Tommy Doyle and James McAtee, who shone on loan from Man City last season, have not returned.
Paul Heckingbottom’s team began the new season with a rather underwhelming 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last Saturday, rarely threatening all afternoon at Bramall Lane.
The Blades take on champions Manchester City next Sunday so, if they are beaten here, could be staring down the barrel of a pointless August.
The last time the Reds and the Blades went head-to-head was 15 months ago in an ill-tempered Championship play-off semi-final, with Forest prevailing on penalties en route to promotion.
Overall, Sheffield United are without a win in six visits to the City Ground, their most-recent top-flight victory there coming in May 1993, and everything points towards a home win this time too.
Nottingham Forest team news
Matt Turner, Ola Aina and Anthony Elanga, the latter doing so off the bench, all made their debuts on Saturday.
Here, Steve Cooper is likely to stick with the back three, but in a more attacking way, with Taiwo Awoniyi coming into the XI to lead the attack.
Forest are reportedly attempting to sign Nuno Tavares but, for now, they don’t have a left-footed left-wing-back, so either Aina or Neco Williams will start out there.
Morgan Gibbs-White will take on his former club here, while he and Brennan Johnson remain this team’s most-dangerous attackers.
Predicted XI (5-2-3): Turner; Aurier, Worrall, Boly, McKenna, Williams; Danilo, Mangala; Gibbs-White, Johnson, Awoniyi.
Sheffield United team news
With Rhian Brewster sidelined, youngsters Bénie Traoré and William Osula will continue to be Sheffield United’s strike duo.
Anis Ben Slimane, Yasser Larouci and Vinícius Souza came off the bench for their debuts against Crystal Palace, all of whom will be hoping to start this time.
Gustavo Hamer could make his own debut here, having arrived from Coventry, while the same can be said about Tom Davies, who’s joined from Everton.
Predicted XI (3-5-2): Foderingham; Ahmedhodžić, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Norwood, Hamer, Ben Slimane, Lowe; Osula, Traoré.