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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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