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03 November 2018 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Sheffield United

2 November 2018

Nottingham Forest return to league action on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways when Sheffield United visit The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds earned a point with a draw at Leeds last time out in the Championship and they will be looking to build on that for the visit of Chris Wilder's league leaders.

It has been a fine start to the season for The Blades but Aitor Karanka's men will be hoping for all three points to keep in the mix for the play-off spots.

Team news

Danny Fox remains sidelined for The Reds while Jack Colback serves a one-game ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at Leeds last weekend. 

Hillal Soudani is also expected to miss out having been taken off with a knee injury in the game against Burton, while Daryl Murphy will be assessed to see if he is available.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

"This is top end Championship football against a very powerful, traditional football club and we have to play well.

"I really enjoy going to Forest, it a great ground, we have sold out again, and we are really looking forward to the game. We have to go and deal with a good and talented football team, they took the game to Leeds last weekend and will be disappointed with the manner that they were pegged back.

"I'm not paying attention to their defeat in the cup in midweek, I expect them to be at full tilt and if they win two or three on the spin that will catapult them into the top positions.

"They are going well, their manager is an experienced one who has had a promotion out of this division and we will be have to be at it to get a result."

One to watch - Billy Sharp

Sheffield United captain and talisman Billy Sharp is in fine form ahead of his return to The City Ground on Saturday.

The forward hit a hat-trick in the win against Wigan last weekend and has 11 goals to his name already this season, making the former Forest loanee their main goalscoring threat.

Head to head

Forest wins - 44
Sheffield United wins - 43
Draws - 31

Last visit - Forest 2-1 Sheffield United (Saturday 30th September, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Another big crowd is expected at The City Ground with limited availability in all stands.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, while audio commentary will also be available.

There will be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Aston Villa vs Bolton (Friday, 7.45pm)
Blackburn vs QPR
Brentford vs Millwall
Derby vs Birmingham
Hull vs West Brom
Ipswich vs Preston
Reading vs Bristol City
Rotherham vs Swansea
Sheffield Wednesday vs Norwich
Stoke vs Middlesbrough (5.30pm)
Wigan vs Leeds (Sunday, 1.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Sheffield United

3 November 2018

Lewis Grabban’s tenth goal of the season saw a determined Nottingham Forest side come out on top as they defeated Sheffield United 1-0 this afternoon.

The forward's glancing header in the second half was enough to separate the two teams in an evenly-contested affair at The City Ground as the three points saw The Reds return to winning ways and climb into the top six.

Aitor Karanka handed a debut to Claudio Yacob in midfield for one of two changes from the draw at Leeds, with the Argentinian replacing the suspended Jack Colback, while Michael Dawson came in to captain the side for his 100th appearance for the club in place of the injured Danny Fox. Panagiotis Tachtsidis and new signing Karim Ansarifard were also named on the bench for the first time.

The first chance of the game fell for the visitors inside two minutes as a poor clearance from Adlene Guedioura saw the ball fall invitingly for Oliver Norwood on the edge of the area, but he dragged his first-time shot wide of the target.

On 12 minutes Joe Lolley hit a volley over the top of Dean Henderson's crossbar and a sublime through ball from Joao Carvalho had just a little too much on it for Lewis Grabban on 25.

With chances few and far between in a cagey opening 45 minutes, John Egan's header dropped just wide of the target before the interval in arguably the best opportunity of the half.

Matty Cash hit a shot wide of the mark following a fine turn which beat two defenders on 50 minutes, and then he saw an effort well blocked on 57 following a fine run by Lolley as The Reds looked to build some momentum.

The momentum kept building and Forest got the goal that their pressure deserved with 20 minutes left on the clock and it was that man Grabban who continued his fine scoring form to break the deadlock.

A deep cross was chased down by Carvalho and kept in play, before the Portuguese beat his man into the area and fizzed a cross-shot towards the far post which got a glancing touch from Grabban to take it inside the post for his tenth goal of the season.

Sheffield United threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser and a goalmouth scramble as the game headed into injury time almost saw the ball ricochet into the net, but substitute Ben Woodburn could only prod wide as The Reds held out for a big three points.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Dawson (c), Figueiredo, Robinson, Yacob, Guedioura, Cash (Dias 83'), Carvalho, Lolley, Grabban (Ansarifard 90')

Unused subs: Steele, Osborn, Janko, Tachtsidis, Hefele

Goal: Grabban 69'

Booking: Cash 34', Figueiredo 71', Yacob 71', Robinson 90'

Sheffield United: Henderson, Freeman (Baldock 80'), O'Connell, Egan, Cranie (Woodburn 80'), Stevens, Coutts (McGoldrick 54'), Norwood, Fleck, Sharp (c), Clarke

Unused subs: Moore, Stearman, Johnson, Washington

Booking: Egan 88'

Referee: Scott Duncan

Attendance: 28,757 (1,976 away)

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Ticket News

Limited availability for Sheffield United clash

3 November 2018

Fewer than 900 tickets remain for Nottingham Forest's game against Sheffield United at The City Ground this afternoon.

Reds fans have been snapping up tickets throughout the week and with only a limited number of tickets still available, supporters are encouraged to book their seats early to avoid disappointment.

Any supporters wishing to collect their pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive as early as possible in order to prevent long queues.

Tickets can be collected from the main ticket office up until 12pm and then from the Brian Clough Stand collections point (situated on the corner of the Trent End and Brian Clough Stand) from 12.30pm onwards.

A full list of ticket prices can be found here.

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