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Preview: Sheffield United (A)

16 March 2018

Nottingham Forest will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games as they make the trip to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Reds' run is their best of the season and Aitor Karanka's side will be hoping to extend it before the international break.

Two goalless draws have preceded this game, with stalemates against Norwich and Derby drawing plaudits for their defensive work, but Karanka will be hoping to add a goalscoring touch to ensure they leave with all three points.

Sheffield United have carried the momentum from their League One title-winning season into this campaign as they aim to push for the play-offs.

Chris Wilder's side started the season strongly to be in contention for an automatic spot, but they will be hoping they can be in with a shout of the top six come May.

Their home form has been strong with four wins from the last five and The Blades will be hoping to carry on from where they left off in Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Burton.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

The Reds are in a strong position as only long-term absentee Ashkan Dejagah and David Vaughan remain sidelined.

Aitor Karanka is not expected to make any changes to his defence after some solid outings of late, while he has many options to choose from in the forward positions.

One to watch - Billy Sharp

The talismanic Blades forward is the man to keep an eye on during Saturday's game. Sharp has hit 13 goals this season in all competitions for his hometown team.

The Sheffield United captain, Sharp is no stranger to Forest fans having scored 11 goals during a loan spell at The City Ground during the 2010-11 season, and he will be keen to make an impression and keep The Blades' play-off push alive.

Last time out

Tickets

Tickets for the away end at Bramall Lane on Saturday are sold. There will be no further tickets made available for Forest supporters.

For those travelling with a ticket to Bramall Lane tomorrow, this visitors' guide provided by Sheffield United may be useful.

Coverage

The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while the usual audio commentary will be available.

There will also be full coverage on 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:

Fulham v QPR (12.30pm)
Barnsley v Millwall (1pm)
Birmingham v Hull
Brentford v Middlesbrough
Bristol City v Ipswich
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich v Reading
Sunderland v Preston
Wolves v Burton
Bolton v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Derby v Cardiff (Sunday, 12pm)


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